This morning, I want to give you the meeting summary from my Weight Watchers meeting on Saturday, March 3, 2012.
No More Exer-scuses!
The Motivation To Move
How to start — and stick to — an exercise plan.
Article By: Melissa Sperl
You've heard it a million times: Consistent, moderate exercise is a key component not just of weight loss, but of good health in general. Being physically active can help reduce your risk for cancer, heart disease and diabetes. It can relieve stress. It can give you the extra energy you long for.
But you already know all this, so why is it still so hard to get out there and move?
Get motivated, get moving
"No time" is a popular excuse, but what it's really about is a lack of motivation. You've probably heard your Leader or other meetings members talking about a powerful solution to this problem called Motivating Strategy from Weight Watchers Tools For Living.
Motivating Strategy helps you use your imagination to determine the goals you really want to achieve and then take steps toward them — whether those steps are tracking PointsPlus® values, eating more fruits and vegetables, or exercising.
It works because it connects you with an action's positive results. For example, use Motivating Strategy to find the motivation to be more physically active, and you'll envision what it feels like to be a physically active person — what you look like, the things you get to do and wear, the way you spend your time and relate to others.
Once you're motivated to be more active, it's time to take those crucial first steps. Here are some tips for getting started:
1. Choose activities that you actually enjoy. You're not likely to keep up any exercise you dread doing.
2. Start small and work your way up by increasing your intensity or the amount of time you spend doing the activity.
3. Think about the season. Now that spring is around the corner, how can you take advantage of the nice weather?
4. Buddy up. Do you have any friends or family members who are also trying to get fit? Can you do an activity together?
At your next meeting, ask the friends around you what they did to first add activity to their lives.
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In addition, here is a list of 25 reasons to exercise...these far out way our excuses!
25 Reasons to Exercise
1. Strengthens heart muscle.
2. Decreases the incidence of heart attack.
3. Reduces risks for heart disease, e.g., reduces bad LDL cholesterol and increases good HDL cholesterol.
4. Improves circulation and oxygen/nutrient transport throughout the body.
5. Helps lose weight and keep it off.
6. Improves breathing efficiency.
7. Strengthens & tones muscles and improves appearance.
8. Helps prevent back problems and back pain.
9. Improves posture.
10. Strengthens bones and helps reduce risk of osteoporosis.
11. Strengthens the tissues around the joints and reduces joint discomfort and arthritis if appropriate exercise is selected and properly performed.
12. Decreases risk for several types of cancer.
13. Improves immune function which decreases risk for infectious diseases.
14. Maintains physical and mental functions throughout the second half of life.
15. Increases self-confidence and self-esteem.
16. Boosts energy and increases productivity.
17. Improves sleep.
18. Helps create a positive attitude about life.
19. Reduces anxiety and depression.
20. Increases resistance to fatigue.
21. May lengthen lifespan.
22. Reduces blood pressure.
23. Decreases the incidence of Type 2 diabetes.
24. Reduces stress.
25. Improves cognitive function.