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Developing a Positive Fitness Mindset for Active Living

Many of us tend to make excuses as to why we can't get fit or be consistently active. Common excuse include: "I don't have the time," or "my gym is too far away," or “exercise is boring." If you have uttered the excuses above (or others), it might be time to consider shifting your mindset towards fitness.

Many of us have said at one time or another that we’re too busy to exercise. However with some planning, it’s possible to incorporate fitness into a busy life. It may be a challenge at first, but once you develop a mindset for fitness, you might be surprised at how quickly physical activity becomes a habit.

It is important to note that you don’t need a gym to get started! It’s important to just get moving and incorporate regular physical activity into your life. Try brisk walking, bicycling, swimming, basketball, mowing the lawn or gardening to help you get started. Physical activity is anything that gets your body moving.

You may be wondering “why should I change my mindset towards active living?” Regular physical activity helps improve your overall health and fitness, and reduces your risk for many chronic diseases. Exercise helps you reach your personal best. You look good, feel good and perform at your peak on and off the job.

The no excuse zone!

  • If you don't like working out, just be active… play tennis, join a team, participate in a fun run, etc.
  • Start at a comfortable level
  • Be active everyday
  • Add a little more activity each time

Visit the Navy & Marine Corps Public Health Center’s website for workout routines that eliminate the guesswork and photos, videos and descriptions of exercise movements to help you exercise wherever you are. For additional help with creating, refreshing or amplifying your workout routine, contact the Health and Fitness coordinator at your Morale, Welfare and Recreation program or your local health promotion coordinator.

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