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Exercise. Not so tough? Friday July 5, 2013

Feeling down can sap your drive. Exercise can help to build up your drive. Here are some tips on exercising.

Try lots of different activities until one of them clicks. A friend of ours was so bad at football and other school sports that he was excused games and allowed to do music practice instead. He left school with the label 'No Good At Sport' firmly attached.

Over the following years, he tried his hand at many different activities and was equally useless at all of them, confirming his self-belief that he just wasn't the sporting type.

But then he tried windsurfing and discovered that he had a natural affinity for it. He quickly became expert and was able to discard his non-sporting label once and for all. With this change in attitude and a renewed sense of self-belief, he then became adept at several other sports, and in his mid-50s actually qualified as a ski instructor. His PE teacher would not have believed it.

Try building exercise into your everyday domestic activities. An American friend has this down to a fine art. Waiting for the kettle to boil provides him with the opportunity for 30 sit-ups. Heating up a ready-meal in the oven creates just enough time to perform a 30 minute fitness routine. By the end of the day, he's packed in an hour's worth of exercise without even noticing it.

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Anonymous Fri, Jul 5th 2013 @ 7:10am

I love today's post. Exercise is a bugbear of mine. Confirmed by both teacher and, family, I couldn't impress at team or racket sports. So I love the story about your friend whofinally found a sport he excelled in. It gives me 60! Thanks, Andrew, so much!

Anonymous Fri, Jul 5th 2013 @ 7:41am

Ditto, know just what you mean! Hope nobody sees me doing squats now while the kettle boils this will just confirm I'm mad!

Tournasol Fri, Jul 5th 2013 @ 4:00pm

Exercise really helps me to manage my mood and I really notice a difference if I have had a lazy couple of days. I was also a non-sporty person but found Martial Arts in my late twenties and have never looked back. Nothing like kicking and punching a bag at the end of a stressful day to release the built up tension!

Anonymous Fri, Jul 5th 2013 @ 9:46pm

Never was much of an athlete except for long walks. Joined a gym 29 years ago to explore what the equipment was about and what worked best for me. Found what worked and bought what was effective. Left gym after three years, but continued work out regimen. Now at 70 still do 500 sit ups a week (100 every weekday morning) on a Roman Chair - well over the 1/2 million mark by my count - plus average weekly burn on rowing machine and Versaclimber of 2200 calories - bench pressing 170 lbs. in 4 sets of 30 reps plus other weight related curls and pulls. Hard to hold anger when you do a good burn - weights and machines don't talk back. Do yoga to stretch once a week. Nothing like a good regimen to adjust the attitude, keep the blood pressure low and generally feel good.

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