You know it’s good for you, but a million excuses can get between you and a workout. Here’s how to change your thinking—and your health—with tips from The Ultimate Stress-Relief Plan for Women: Heal the Destructive Effects of Stress on Your Body, by Stephanie McClellan, M.D., and Beth Hamilton, M.D.
Negative: I’m too exhausted even to think of moving.
Positive: I always have much more energy after I exercise.
Negative: I’m just so slow.
Positive: When I started I was winded so quickly. I may not be a speed demon, but I’ve really built up my endurance.
Negative: My whole body hurts from that last workout.
Positive: If I stretch well or take a hot bath, my muscles will be warmed up, and I’ll be feeling no pain once I start moving.
Negative: I had to skip three days because I had a virus. It’s always impossible for me to stay with it. Something always gets in the way.
Positive: Each day is a new day, and I can pick up where I left off.
Negative: It’s miserable out, so I think I’ll just sleep in this morning.
Positive: It’s raining too hard for me to enjoy my walk, I think I’ll try that new yoga DVD.
Negative: This was the most stressful day at work in a long time. I think I’ll make myself a martini.
Positive: I haven’t been this stressed out in a long time. I bet a good workout will help me burn off this tension.