NEW YORK (CNN) – Regular physical activity can lower your risk of so many things- heart disease, stroke, diabetes and depression. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a combination of muscle-strengthening exercises and aerobic is ideal.
Sometimes it is easier said than done and we find excuses, or barriers, to regular exercise.
Jennifer White works out five days a week, now that her four children are in school. Nine years ago, that certainly wasn’t the case.
“I didn’t have energy to keep up with my kids,” said White.
She learned that regular physical activity actually energized her. Now, Jennifer treats her workouts like any other appointment.
This busy mom says it used to be easy to find an excuse not to break a sweat. Sound familiar? Here are a few ways to change your thinking.
“Exercising in the morning is a great option For somebody that is gonna get home and be too tired from work- gets it out of the way early and you’re done for the day,” said YMCA wellness director Sarah Samter.
What about blaming it on Mother Nature?
“You don’t have to go anywhere, you can use an exercise DVD, you can get dumbbells or a resistance ball to use at home,” said Samter.
Then, what some may consider the ol’ standby: “I just don’t have time.”
“Try to schedule your workout in your phone or in your planner. Its just as important as a doctor’s appointment,” said Samter.
For Jennifer, this approach has worked.
“I have a lot more energy than I did when I wasn’t exercising,” said White.
Energy to use with her family.