Bee FIT! — March 2, 2012 9:26 am

Putting the “Fun” Back Into Fitness

(This post from New Directions, www.ndbh.com, is worth a read.)

Top athletes and movie stars have the time and motivation to stay in great shape. The rest of us, though, often find it a challenge to fit fitness into our lives.

“It’s a matter of attitude,” says Antonia P. Williams, M.S., a personal trainer and nutritionist in Alexandria, Va. “If you view exercise as a chore or punishment, that makes it hard for you to do what’s necessary. You’ll secretly try to avoid it.”

Instead, start thinking of fitness as fun. If it’s something you want to do, then you’ll figure out ways to find time for it.

For example, if the word “workout” sounds too much like work, think of it as “recreation,” says Ms. Williams. “Who said you had to suffer and sweat on a treadmill?”

Use fitness as an excuse to get out and enjoy the beauties of nature — or as a chance to play with your children or your dog, she says. When you see how much it adds to your life, you’ll make time for it. 

It also helps to focus on health, “not vanity,” says Ms. Williams. “Looking good is really a short-term goal. As soon as you lose those pounds or get your abs looking tight, you say, ‘OK, I’m done.'” But your health is with you forever. And if you devote a little bit of every day to feeling good, pretty soon you’re going to start to look better, too.

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