Not all workouts are created equal.
It’s a frustrating fact of life when you’re trying to find an exercise routine that fits your abilities, schedule, and fitness level and is also capable of giving you the results you’re looking for. But sampling off the exercise buffet is not only OK, it’s helpful.
People who thought they could pick up a walking routine might determine that it’s too slow-paced for their liking. Those who’ve determined to sweat it out at the gym day after day may decide it’s inconvenient, tempting them to skip workouts.
That’s why the number-one most important consideration in choosing an exercise program is finding one you enjoy. The idea that exercise has to be some masochistic ordeal that you dread every day is not only false, it’s one of the misconceptions that keep so many people from working out.
Sure, it’s not as relaxing as lounging on the couch in front of the TV. But it’s far more rewarding, both in its long-term health and fitness benefits and in its immediate payoff … the way you feel.
Few things in life compare with that sense of accomplishment and hard-earned exhaustion that comes after a hard workout and a cold shower.
When you’re trying to convince your employees to take up an exercise routine, focus on dispelling the myths that keep people from committing to fitness and helping them overcome their own barriers.
If it’s not enough to recite the laundry list of health benefits that can be gained from regular exercise, try focusing on how working out can affect other areas of their lives: Family bike rides facilitate togetherness, walking the dog is good for both parties, gyms provide opportunities to try out a variety of exercises and to meet others who are invested in physical fitness for a boost of social support.
Bottom line, help them keep from becoming disillusioned by partaking in a workout that’s not for them, and provide all the tools and encouragement they need to succeed.
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