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Some common Alibis used to avoid Exercise

Updated on July 10, 2010

There are those who believe that exercise is not really required to have a happy, healthy and contented existence. Not true. Sometimes, there are people who are lucky enough not to be afflicted with illnesses which are a consequence of a sedentary lifestyle. True, but not always. Some are not as lucky and expire early.

The most common and overused alibi of those who do not exercise is lack of time. Primarily, there’s work, e-mails, phone calls, family, children, friends, chores, clutter, etc., all of which demand attention. Emergency meetings, overtime work, a visit to your in-laws, a friend seeking advice, all these also require spending some time. And there’s more. There’s social life, out-of-town trips, vacations and family gatherings. There is so much to do and so little time. With only 24 hours in a day and so many duties and responsibilities tearing you apart, how in the world can one bother to stay fit?

Another usual excuse is lack of motivation. Okay, you found the right mood to start a fitness program, but how does one sustain the interest? Several factors may be considered here because sometimes, the initial effort may be a negative one, thereby resulting in lesser motivation to continue. An example of this would be when one tries to get into a walking regimen, and then encounters a neighbor who sneers at his/her actions. The off-putting reaction of the neighbor will make the person believe that what he/she is doing is not really a good option so the plan ends there. However, when one goes to a place where a regular crowd of health buffs gather to follow aerobics routines, he/she gets to experience working up some sweat and gets positive reaction from fellow supporters; this will serve as an encouragement to go on with what was started on.

Still another possible reason for not being able to incorporate a fitness routine into one’s system is the tendency to procrastinate. Usually, housewives and stay-at-home moms are guilty of this predisposition since they always have their hands full with household chores, thus making them delay their exercise time until they are too tired to even lift a finger.

There’s a myriad of other excuses and they can never run out. The bottom line is that these unhealthy practices are bound to take a toll on one’s health if not sooner, then later. Some of the anticipated possibilities are: gaining weight, lesser tolerance for stress, weaker bones, diminished productivity in the workplace, lowered immunity against illnesses, a decreased sense of well-being, reduced endurance and a higher risk of contracting cardiovascular disease and other related ailments.

In essence, exercise is necessary to become truly fit. It doesn’t really mean being in perfect health but striving for a better condition will at least bring one closer to his/her goal.

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      Wendy Krick 7 years ago from Maryland

      Great information. Thank you for sharing.