7 Excuses that Get in the Way of Exercise
Exercise is an essential part of healthy living. If you want to lose weight and look or feel better, you must work out on a regular basis.
Have you found your motivation for exercise? If so, it’s time to get rid of the excuses that so often get in the way of regular workouts.
Some people say they are too tired to exercise, or they have physical limitations that restrict their choices. Others claim they are too busy to fit exercise into their daily routine. Still others cannot afford a gym membership or exercise gear.
Despite a world of excuses, many people manage regular workouts even with chronic pain or busy schedules. How do they manage? They make time for the things that matter to them, and exercise matters.
Excuses are common and familiar; they let you keep living the way you are living, without having to change or make choices. Excuses allow you to feel better about not doing something you know you should be doing. If you want to accomplish your fitness goals, you have to get rid of the stall tactics.
Here are seven excuses that get in the way of exercise, along with tips for sending them to the scrap heap. What is your excuse for not exercising, and what are you going to do about it?
1. I Don’t Like to Exercise
Do you enjoy brushing your teeth? Probably not, but you do it daily to avoid a trip to the dentist.
Bob Greene, an American exercise physiologist and personal trainer, compares exercise to brushing your teeth; you do it because you must.
To make it less of a chore, find a fun activity that will keep you motivated. From walking to yoga to Zumba, when it comes to exercise, there really is something for everyone.
2. I’m Too Tired to Exercise
Fatigue makes you too tired for exercise, but inactivity makes you even more tired; it’s a vicious cycle.
Tiredness often indicates a problem, such as a physical condition or mood issue. Interestingly, the thing that keeps you from exercising may also cause your fatigue.
Exercise gives you an energy boost and helps you face your problems so you can do something about them.
3. I Don't Have the Time
Work, school, relationships, home -- life is a juggling act. Yet, somehow, you make time for the things that matter. If you’re too busy to exercise, you haven’t made it a priority.
To work exercise into your schedule, you must be efficient. Plan your day during a morning walk, or de-stress with an evening workout. Fit exercise into your lunch break, if you must. As your fitness improves, so will your energy level, and you will get more done at a faster pace.
4. I Have a Medical Condition
Arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and other conditions may limit your exercise options. But many chronic conditions benefit from physical activity.
Exercise offers symptom relief for a variety of health ills. Your doctor or physical therapist can recommend safe and effective exercises for your specific condition.
5. I Have an Injury
An injury can sideline you for a while, but a gradual return to exercise will help the recovery process.
Exercise increases blood flow to the injured area and strengthens the surrounding muscles. It encourages flexibility and helps maintain range of motion.
Don’t exercise through the pain, but do stay active. Let your doctor or physical therapist guide you.
6. I Don’t Know What to Do
Are you having trouble finding the right exercise? The best workouts combine stretching, strength training, and aerobic activity.
Try different activities until you find one that you like. You're more apt to stick with exercise if you enjoy it.
Unstructured exercise, like walking across a parking lot or climbing stairs instead of taking the elevator, is also important. If these informal activities are all you can do, buy a pedometer and log a few miles every day. If you're trying to lose weight, a mobile calorie counter can help you track your progress.
7. I Just Don’t See Results
Are you trying to lose weight? When you start an exercise program, you won’t see immediate results. In fact, you may carry more water weight for a while. This can disguise the fact that you’re losing fat.
Fitness trainers suggest avoiding the scale early in your workout program. Your clothes are a better gauge of progress; they will likely fit looser.
In addition to weight loss, your body will benefit from exercise in other ways. From better muscle tone to healthier skin, exercise offers many healing benefits that you may not notice at first. Don’t give up; in time, you will see and feel the results.
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- Greene, Bob. (2010) . Print. The Life You Want: Get Motivated, Lose Weight, and Be Happy
- Mayo Clinic Staff. (August 10, 2012) "Barriers to Fitness: Overcoming Common Challenges." Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. Retrieved January 16, 2013.
- Springen, Karen. (2009) "Top 6 Exercise Excuses and How to Beat Them." WebMD Medical Reference. Retrieved January 16, 2013.
The information presented in this article is not intended as health or medical advice, nor is it a substitute for diagnosis or treatment by a qualified medical professional.
© 2013 Annette R. Smith