Some people enjoy exercising and some people don’t but the fact is, you are better off if you exercise than if you don’t. I used to hate exercising. It wasn’t until I changed my attitude, dropped the excuses, and took action that turned me into a fitness fanatic. I have heard and read some of the lamest excuses ever for not exercising. Below are some common ones you may have heard of or even used yourself.
1. I don’t have enough time
This is the #1 excuse ever. Everyone has used this excuse, but come on, just like everything in life you have to make the time. If you make exercise important, you will find the time.
2. I don’t have “gym hair”
Yes you read that right. I’ve been told by someone that they do not workout because of their hair. They rather not deal with messing up their hairstyle in order to be healthier. This is just a poor excuse. Your hair is going to get messed up, face it and move on. Work out in the evenings and wake up earlier to do your hair – or get a hairstyle that is easy to wash and go.
3. I get enough exercise at work
Oh really? Unless you are reaching your target heart rate for at least 20 minutes a day walking in and out of cubicles, then you’re not cutting it. There are some jobs that do get the heart rate elevated each day but chances are, you are not working one of those jobs.
4. Exercise is boring
Hmm, maybe if you tried it on a regular basis you would realize there are tons of ways to get in a workout. Try getting outdoors and speedwalk, run, play basketball, find a buddy, get a dog — anything besides sitting on the couch and watching reruns.
5. I’m too old
Exercise turns back the clock. You are never too old to exercise. You don’t have to keep up with people younger than you but you should make an effort to exercise. Exercise gives you energy, reduces stress, and keeps you healthy to enjoy more activities.
6. I’m too tired to exercise
Another excuse almost everyone has used at some point. Exercise is the cure for fatigue. If you live a sedentary lifestyle you are going to constantly feel tired. Sure, we are all exhausted after a long day of work but exercise on a regular basis can keep your energy level up. I know I feel 100% better than I did when I didn’t exercise.
7. I can’t afford a gym membership
Guess what? You don’t need one. You can exercise right in your home. You already have everything you need to get started and that is your own body weight. If you want to get creative, purchase a stability ball, jump rope, dumbbells, and resistance bands — all are inexpensive. No excuses!
If you want to be healthier and feel better you have to drop the excuses for not exercising. Trust me, I used to to use some of the above excuses myself and looking back, I realize how much time I wasted. What are some of the excuses you have used or heard? Please share in the comments.
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