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Wednesday
Dec032014

#WhyGetActive As A Bridge Over The Uncomfortable Waters of Exercise

I love thinking about big policy questions. I think it's fun and interesting to ask ourselves questions like "what if we put physical activity on the food label?" I mean, what better way to generate new ideas for increasing physical activity around the world and at home?

So, as I was perusing Twitter last week looking for something to write about for IHRSA's monthly "Be Active Your Way" Blog post, I stumbled on an article in Psychology Today by Dr. Sherry Pagoto on the real reason we don’t exercise. According to Pagoto, the reason is that we avoid being uncomfortable in an increasingly comfortable world (at least in the US). This of course being one of those fun policy questions I love: "what if we avoid exercise because we don't like being uncomfrotable?" And as I read through all the comforts of modern life, and all the discomforts we hate (being cold – guilty, getting out of bed in the wintertime – guilty), I found myself nodding in agreement with Dr. Pagoto’s solution of challenging ourselves to get comfortable being uncomfortable. 

And then I started thinking about #WhyGetActive, and how we started it as a way to remember, share, and discuss all the great reasons for purusing an active, healthy life. Read more about my thoughts on #WhyGetActive as the bridge over the uncomfortable waters of exercise on the Be Active Your Way Blog


Alex Black

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Alex is a registered dietitian (RD) and physical activity advocate with experience as a college athlete, clinical dietitian, CrossFit coach, and nutrition blogger.

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