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Taking The Time To Exercise

August 11, 2014, 6:11 PM by Brittany Larson

Taking The Time To Exercise

Melissa Henjum is no stranger to the gym.

"I started lifting quite seriously about 8 years ago," Melissa Henjum said.

And it's a habit she's built over the years.

"I wake up and go to the gym, much like eating breakfast," Henjum said.

A better workout also means she eats a better diet.

"If you remember, 'Oh I worked really hard at the gym. I don't want to screw that up by eating a bunch of fried chicken or pizza at night.' So for me it really does keep my nutrition on track," Henjum said.

Henjum admits there's not much that gets in the way of her daily workout.

"My husband works a lot so it's just a matter of if my kids are sick how do I get my workout in. We do have equipment at home so for me it's just never an excuse. I don't find a reason not to I find a reason to work out," Henjum said.

Yet, plenty of people do come up with excuses not to move more. 

"We're finding a lot of people in their free time are not taking the time to exercise," Sanford Wellness Center Group Fitness Instructor, Meghan Glover said.

We're also not moving as much at work.

"The workforce itself has become so inundated with technology that it doesn't require a lot of movement within the workplace itself, whereas we may have walked three or five cubicles before to talk to a co-worker about a situation or try and solve a problem we simply instant message them or send them a text we don't move," Glover said.

Glover says you don't have to be at the gym to exercise.

"If they're in their cubicle or standing in their office they can just do some squats, something simple and right there in the workplace, and it helps to get the blood flowing and it helps to get the mind focused and get some thoughts flowing again if we hit a wall." Glover said. 

Health experts say rather than making exercise feel like a chore, it's better to find something you enjoy so it's easier to make it a part of your daily routine.

"Once you find yourself going on a regular basis it's just easier to make that commitment to it, instead of what can I do to not workout," Henjum said.

Encouragement can come from others, too. Friends and family can provide a source of accountability.

"Whether it's a spouse, a friend or a family member, or a child they can say, 'Come on, Mom. Let's go.' Or 'Come on, Dad let's go for a bike ride or let's go for a walk.' Anything like that to have someone there so you're like, 'Okay, yeah I should do it' or offer suggestions," Glover said.

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