Yesterday I published an article on with tips on how people can get started in working out and exercise. I think this is so very important, for people of all ages. One of the things that people always tell me, when they hear that I like to run, is that they would never have time for that. But is that true?

I’m not trying to criticize people because I know everyone has busy lives and different circumstances. But I feel like a lot of people just think that exercise is a huge time commitment. Don’t get me wrong, it can be. Then again, it doesn’t have to be. Yes, you can go to the gym for an hour a day – which in reality, probably takes up two hours of your time once you incorporate your travel time, time to change and actual workout time.

However, some exercise is better than no exercise. I for one am not a big fan of the gym. I feel like so many people get swindled into spending so much money for something they don’t use (a la Chandler and Ross in “Friends” anyone?). You can pretty much do everything you can do at the gym elsewhere (but if you do like the gym, kudos to you and keep at it!). For instance, looking for a Stairmaster? Either run the stairs in your home or find some at a nearby park or football field. Want to lift weights? Either buy free weights or use household items. Books, canned foods, bags of rice and bottles of detergents are all great weighted items that can replace weights. Even better, if you can’t pull yourself away from your favorite 30-minute TV show, lift these “weights” during the commercials – that’s eight minutes of exercise right there!

And, you don’t have to work out for two hours a day. The CDC says that adults need a total of two hours and thirty minutes of intense aerobic exercise a week complemented by muscle strengthening activities on at least two days in a week. That means, you should get about 13 minutes of aerobic exercise a day. Wow! That doesn’t sound like a lot at all. Need some ideas on how to get that exercise (and switch it up)? Check out the Do Campaign from MN Blue Cross Blue Shield for some ideas. This launched a few years ago and I think it’s an amazing initiative.

The most important thing is that we as a public need to stop making excuses and just start moving ourselves! Obesity and diabetes are increasing at scary rates and you are the only person that can prevent that from happening to your body. So DO it!


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