Nursing

Rock Your Health: Finally - An Easy Way to Get Moving!

Nurse Leader Insider, January 28, 2016

Want to receive articles like this one in your inbox? Subscribe to Nurse Leader Insider!

Why are we so resistant to exercise?  The CDC says 80% of the US population doesn’t get the recommended amount of exercise for health.  So which group are you in – the 80% or the 20%?  Are these some of your excuses when it comes to exercise?

  • I tried it before and I always stop after a few weeks
  • I don’t feel better right away and in fact, I hurt all over
  • I don’t see the benefits soon enough so why even start again
  • I don’t have the time
  • I’m too tired at the end of the day
  • I’m too busy to fit it in
  • I don’t need to exercise because I am on my feet all day
  • I’ve gotten this far without exercising so why start now
  • I’m too old to start exercising and I might hurt myself
  • I have a health condition and can’t exercise
  • I’m too lazy

Well guess what.  I fall prey to many of those excuses as well, but at one point in my life I realized a huge benefit from regular exercise and I’ve never stopped since.  Yes, exercise became my tool to MANAGE STRESS.  Now that I use exercise as my stress management prescription, I’m much more motivated and have received huge benefits that continue to keep me coming back for more.

  • I get to burn off all the pent up energy that can turn on my body and create pain
  • Moving my body immediately changes my attitude from negative to positive
  • I get to be around other great women who want to feel better which inspires me
  • I feel better being with others
  • I’ve gained many new close friends to share feelings and reduce the anxieties of life
  • We get to laugh a lot because our instructor is so fun and pumps us up
  • My endorphins also get pumped up and I “feel” what others call a “runner’s high”
  • I forget about all the day’s irritations and just focus on my body’s movements.
  • I get really creative when exercising and come up with cool new ideas for my work
  • If I feel any depression at the beginning it all dissipates while I’m working out
  • I feel a great sense of accomplishment at the end and feel relaxed and calm
  • I sleep better
  • And oh yes – people ask me how I stay so fit and think I am younger than my age.  Now that is the best self-esteem booster of all!


So what are you waiting for?  Stop thinking of exercise as a chore, or torture or a waste of time.  Start thinking of it as a way to reduce stress (who doesn’t experience this daily) and you don’t have to take any drugs either.

For more of Carol Ebert and Rock Your Health, please visit The Leaders' Lounge blog.



Want to receive articles like this one in your inbox? Subscribe to Nurse Leader Insider!

Most Popular