University of Illinois Extension

HOT Project: Healthy Outcomes for Teens

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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