Exercise Excuse 1. “I don’t have the time.”
Time is the most precious commodity we all have. We spend time doing things that either we have to do (like work) or things that we want to do. If you are determined to get in shape, lose weight or improve your fitness level, and say it is important to you, let your actions speak.
None of us need to watch 3-5 hours or more of television when we’re not working. We also don’t need to IM the evening away.
If getting in shape is truly important to you, you have to make a concerted effort to make the time to exercise.
Exercise Excuse 2. “I don’t have the money.”
Is the cost to your overall and long-term health important to you? Exercising today can save you money later.
It is true that commercial weight loss programs, gym memberships, gym equipment, exercise media, all cost money. Examine if you really do have the money or not. Are you eating too many lunches and or dinners out?
Are there other expenses that you can cut back on to pay for services and equipment that will improve your physical health?
For some, their actual budget is so tight, there really is no money to spend. But guess what? Exercise does not cost a dime. All you have to do is move your body for half an hour three or four times a week. That does not cost a dime.
Exercise Excuse 3. “I’m too tired.”
We’ve all heard the commercial “a body in motion stays in motion,” and the rest of that truth, “a body at rest stays at rest.” Exercising actually gives you energy.
Exercise Excuse 4. “I have to take care of my kids.”
From personal experience, I know that childcare is 24-7. Find a half hour or an hour a day where a spouse, a partner, a friend or a family member can watch your children so you can exercise. Or, bring the kids with you to a gym with childcare. You could also find a way to have your children join you.
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Exercise Excuse 5. “Exercise is Boring.”
If you think exercise is boring, you can either find an exercise that you like, and maybe even love. Or find ways to decrease the boredom factor. Take your MP3 player with you, play your favorite tunes during exercise. With certain gym equipment, you can also read a magazine or book while working out.
Put on your favorite TV show and exercise in the living room.
Exercise Excuse 6. “I am not in shape enough to join a gym.”
This exercise excuse is as ridiculous as it sounds. Yet, some people truly believe they need to lose weight before they join a gym. The gym is there for that purpose.
Exercise Excuse 7. “I don’t have to lose weight.”
Exercise goes beyond weight loss. Exercise benefits you overall health, immunity, and mental health. Being naturally slender or fit is no reason to skip exercise.
Exercise Excuse 8. “I feel self-conscious when I exercise.”
This is a tough one. You need to find a type of exercise that makes you comfortable, and a place to exercise that makes you less self-conscious. For women, there are women-only gyms. Just keep in mind that you are paying a lot more attention to your body than others are.
Exercise Excuse 9. “I am uncoordinated.”
Not all exercise requires coordination or superior dance moves. High-impact step aerobics does suit the coordinated people. Uncoordinated people can benefit from many forms of cardiovascular exercise including walking, running, using a cross-trainer, or biking.
Weight equipment also does require good coordination, just good form, which can be learned.
Exercise Excuse 10. “I once hurt my fill in the blank during exercise once.”
As long as your doctor has cleared you from this previous injury, stop using it as an excuse not to exercise. Be aware of the injury, find exercises that do not exacerbate it. Better yet, find physical activities that benefit that area of your body.
Confront your own exercise excuses and start moving today.