University of Illinois Extension

HOT Project: Healthy Outcomes for Teens

http://urbanext.illinois.edu/hot

Getting Started

For every reason you can think of that you should start exercising there will be at least that many reasons why you shouldn't. The "Big 4" are:

  • I have no one to be active with
  • It's too cold/windy/rainy/snowy
  • I don't have time
  • I'm too tired

The counter-arguments for these are well known:

  • Call a friend
  • Do something inside
  • Make time for yourself
  • Exercising will give you more energy

So think harder. Think about why you really haven't started to increase your physical activity. Need motivation? Try making a healthy decision. Phone or text your friend to take a walk in the park. Join a team or sport.

If you want a moderate to strenuous program, always check with your doctor and parent(s) or guardian first. Call today before the weather gets worse, you fall asleep, or you don't have time.

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