If you feel similarly, consider three payoffs to having a good exercise program.
Payoff 1. Exercise boosts your immune system. “My father always said, ‘If you can’t find time to exercise, you’d better find time to be sick,’ ” says 19-year-old Rachel.
Payoff 2. Exercise releases chemicals into the brain that calm you. “Running is a good release when I have a lot on my mind,” says Emily, aged 16. “Physically I feel refreshed, and emotionally it’s a great relief.”
Payoff 3. Exercise can increase your fun. “I love the outdoors,” says Ruth, “so my exercise includes hiking, swimming, snowboarding, and biking.”
Secret to Success: Devote at least 20 minutes three times a week to a vigorous physical activity that you enjoy.
Remember this: While genetics play a role, your physical condition is often determined by the lifestyle you choose. So when you say “I need to exercise,” the choice is yours; you can do something about it!
the OSI team