Body Ex­er­cise ex­cuses busted

Too tired/busy/ bored to work out? Here are six ways to flip your fit­ness fib.

Glamour (South Africa) - - La Une -

“I don’t have enough time!”

You’re busy, ob­vi­ously. But the time is there, says ex­er­cise phys­i­ol­o­gist Lau­rent Ban­nock. “We should do 45-60 min­utes of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity a day, but not nec­es­sar­ily all at once. A 20-minute walk to work, a 30-minute Spin class at lunch, 10 min­utes tak­ing the stairs: it all adds up.”

“It’s bor­ing”

When you lose your ex­er­cise mojo, even wash­ing dishes seems more ap­peal­ing. So it’s a ques­tion of mo­ti­va­tion, says fit­ness pro Zanna Van Dijk. “Ex­er­cise to im­prove your health, or try some­thing new.” But al­ways make it fun.

Try dance-based aer­o­bics classes or aerial yoga (visit aeri­ and vir­gin­ac­ for info). “Mak­ing work­outs en­joy­able will help you stick with them,” Zanna ex­plains.

“I don’t do Ly­cra”

One in four of us hate how we look when we ex­er­cise. But let’s face it, most peo­ple are too con­cerned with their own jig­gling to care about yours. “Find brands with pretty bras and stylish leg­gings and tops,” says Zanna. Try mrp­ for top buys.

“Feel­ing kit-con­fi­dent can im­prove mo­ti­va­tion,” ex­plains Joanne Hen­son, author of What’s Your Ex­cuse... For Not Get­ting Fit? (WYE Pub­lish­ing, R300). “If you feel good, you’ll feel en­er­gised.”

“There’s no point”

“Breez­ing through the same 30-minute regime day af­ter day won’t trans­form your shape,” says Zanna. “Your body adapts, so your progress can slow down. Mix up your train­ing with short in­tense in­ter­vals to el­e­vate your heart rate and keep your body guess­ing.”

A fit­ness tracker, like the Po­lar A300 (R2 223 at po­, tells if you’re in the fat-burn­ing zone.

“I suck at sport”

“You’ll im­prove quickly if you stick with it, and that’s re­ward­ing,” says Joanne.

As a novice, Grace, 22, wor­ried that she wouldn’t keep up with ex­pe­ri­enced cy­clists. “I dec­o­rated my bike with flow­ers so that ev­ery­one knew that I was do­ing it my way, at my speed. You don’t need to be amaz­ing – just do some­thing,” Grace insists.

“I don’t glow – I sweat!”

For 63% of us, sweat­ing is our most em­bar­rass­ing is­sue. “Sweat reg­u­lates your rise in body tem­per­a­ture when your heart rate rises,” ex­plains Joanne. “It can also have the same ef­fect on skin as a fa­cial – pores en­large and sur­face dirt and dead skin cells are cleared away,” re­veals der­ma­tol­o­gist Dr Vir­ginia Hub­bard.

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