Top 5 Excuses Not To Exercise
many people do you know that constantly make excuses for why they
cant exercise? Chances are you know at least one. Maybe you
are one of them? I know at times I have been guilty of thinking
up some lame excuses. But lets get one thing straight
excuses are not reasons.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
more than 50% of American adults do not engage in the required amount
of physical activity for health benefits, and 25% of adults are
not active at all.
Thats a lot of people making excuses! Constantly
making excuses for things will never get you anywhere in life. It
is time to ditch the excuses and find the real reason behind not
wanting to do the things you are making excuses for.
Here are some of the excuses I hear most often when
it comes to people not wanting to exercise. Maybe some sound familiar
to you, or maybe youve even used some of them yourself.
1. I dont have time to exercise.
People will always find time to do something they enjoy doing. Saying
you dont have time to exercise is just an excuse to get out
of doing something you cant be bothered doing. Now, Im
not saying that you are not a busy person. Maybe you are. But I
am pretty certain that almost every person can find 30-60 minutes,
somewhere in their day, to exercise. Make an appointment with yourself
2. There is no gym close to my house
You can get in great shape without ever stepping foot into a gym.
Buy a set of dumbbells and some resistance bands so you can exercise
at home. Stability balls are another great home gym
piece of equipment. An at home cardio workout only requires a good
pair of running shoes, a jump rope, or even bike. No gym? No excuse!
3. I dont know how to exercise
Exercise is not rocket science. If you really have no idea how to
be active, go and buy a fitness magazine, ask a friend who exercises
regularly for some tips, or hire a personal trainer. There is absolutely
no reason why people cant engage in some form of physical
activity. Unless your doctor has specifically told you that you
should not exercise at all, start by taking a jog or a walk around
the block. There are also hundreds of exercise DVDs and workout
videos available that will take you through entire workouts based
on your fitness level and goals.
4. I have no energy to exercise
Of course if you sit around all day doing nothing you will feel
lazy. I know for me, the less I do, the lazier I feel throughout
the day. Exercise has been shown to increase energy levels and leave
people feeling better about themselves and more energized. Get up
off the couch and get moving. Start with just 10 minutes of activity
each day. Soon you will have the energy to do more.
5. I have no one to work out with
Do you really need someone to workout with? For most of us it would
be nice to have some company. What will happen to your motivation
though if your workout partner is not as motivated as you when it
comes to exercise? What if they start skipping workouts and youre
left to workout on your own anyway? Would you stop too? Unless you
have someone you know is totally committed to exercising with you,
you really dont need a workout partner. If you absolutely
cannot workout alone
hire a trainer, participate in an exercise
class, or take your furry friend for a walk.
As you can see, there are solutions to each of these
excuses. Dont let excuses get the better of you and keep you
from reaching your goals. Focus instead on the benefits you will
get from engaging in a regular exercise routine. You will be thankful
you ditched the excuses in the end.
Kristy Lee Wilson