DR. HOOK- Get going: Stop making exercise excuses
Exercise, the word, might sound like profanity to some people. Perhaps the "ex" reminds people of negative words like exile, extortion, or ex-spouse. But then there are good words like expert, excellent, xmas. Hmm.
I try to come up with creative solutions with my patients who balk at exercise. Could the readers of The Hook help me out and come up with some new ideas?
Here are five common reasons people say they don't exercise:
#1 - "I don't have time."
One day will be 48 hours, so we can work 10 hours and then have 38 hours to play with! Unfortunately, I think most people would abuse their extra time playing more video games, watching more TV, and eating more potato chips– no exercise.
I tell my patients that I work 60-80 hours a week and I still exercise five times/week. (Note: I don't keep tomatoes or sharp objects around when I say this.) I don't say this to be Ethel Merman singing, "Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better," but to inspire people to know they can make the time.
#2 - "After I get through this tough time, I'll start to exercise."
#3 - "Where would I put the equipment?"
#4 - "It hurts."
#5 - "I'm plain ole lazy."
Volleyball, softball leagues, tennis, biking, and so much more are out there for everyone to try. The ice rink here in Charlottesville is not only great fun, but there are great sports: ice hockey, figure skating, ice dancing, and making snow cones.
I'm going to be one of the "celebrity" judges this month for a kind of reality TV experience. Lovely professional figure skaters are going to pair skate with smelly, klutzy hockey players for a competitive extravaganza.
So come on out and see if an ice sport can become part of your life.
"Skating with The B-League" Fund Raiser for the YMCA happens at the Charlottesville Ice Park Saturday, April 22, at 6pm. Call for advance tix: 817-2400 or firstname.lastname@example.org .