Here's why it's so hard to exercise this time of year: You wake up, it's dark. It's cold. Your bed is warm and you want to stay there. If you do snooze, promising yourself you'll exercise later, you'll realize something else: It's also dark and cold on the way home from work. Your house is warm and has good things like food and beer and TV and bathtubs, unlike the big, stinky gym which only has big steel machines that glare at you as soon as you walk in.
It's hard to get past these issues, but there is good news: A little bit of exercise goes a long way and the most important benefit is that even just a few minutes can lift your mood. Not a bad trade off.
Some might call us lazy, but I'm wondering if that explanation is a little too easy. After all, some of the most accomplished and giving people I know are also people who don't exercise regularly. I wouldn't call them lazy, but I'll bet that's one of the things they say to themselves...Read more