If you are like most people you have told yourself dozens of times that tomorrow you are going to start exercising! Yet, tomorrow has come and gone and you still haven’t moved. So, what’s holding you back? What excuse seems fitting today?
Now is the time to face your excuses head-on so that you can overcome them and choose to live a healthier, happier lifestyle. These are the top five excuses for skipping exercise along with ways to combat them.
Excuse #1: I don’t have time!
Exercise doesn’t have to be an extreme sport, you just have to find some fun ways to move your body and get your heart pumping. A good example for a short five-minute workout is to perform a few jumping jacks. It’s easy, beneficial, keeps your heart pumping and it doesn’t take too long. You can also keep some light weights handy in a very visible location at your office or at home where you will be reminded to pick them up and do some arm curls or shoulder presses a few times a day.
Excuse #2: I’m too fat and too out of shape!
Unless your physician has forbidden exercise, then it’s very unlikely that this has any validity. If you are extremely overweight or out of shape, then you simply need to start with baby steps. Walking is always a great place to start. You may have to start with just five minutes and that’s okay. If walking is not an option, then you could try some low impact pool exercises. At the very least, you can start by getting active while sitting. There are many beneficial exercises you can do while sitting in your favorite chair at home or at work. Try doing a few leg lifts by extending one leg out in front of you as high as you can. Hold for two seconds and then return your leg to the ground. Repeat with each leg 5 times.
Excuse #3: I’m too tired and exercise is too hard!
When you are really feeling tired and can’t imagine doing any form of exercise, start by doing something that is ridiculously easy that can be done at work or at home. Stand up and move your arms in circles. Do some head and neck stretches by sitting in a chair with your back supported. Tilt your head to the right and to the left six times. Bend your head forward and raise it up six times. Walk around your office or your neighborhood where you live. As your circulation increases you will be amazed at how this small movement boosts your energy levels. Once that feeling of progress kicks in you can do something a little more challenging. Don’t feel like you have to go to the extreme every time you exercise.
Excuse #4: I don’t have any exercise equipment!
Nice try but exercise doesn’t require special equipment to get your heart pumping. Try a few sit-ups or push-ups and you will quickly realize how hard your body has to work when just using your own body weight.
Excuse #5: Exercise is boring!
Part of the successful habit of moving your body, involves you rejecting the mainstream crowd and getting comfortable just doing what’s healthy, fun and comfortable for you. Don’t be swayed by other people’s opinions. Find an exercise that you enjoy and do that with abundant joy! If you hate aerobic dance, don’t join an aerobics class. If you hate the gym, don’t spend your time there. Instead, experiment with exercises you’ve never tried before. Variety really is the spice of life, so find something fun and something that you enjoy and you will be much more apt to keep it up.
Keep reminding yourself of all the many benefits that exercise provides; a more fit and toned appearance, better circulation, increased energy, reduced stress, better mental clarity, and the secretion of mood enhancing endorphins – happy feel-good hormones. You can make excuses or you can make progress, you decide.