So why is it that people still manage to come up with every excuse in the book not to work out? It’s time to take some of your most common reasons not to exercise, and transform them into renewed fitness motivation.
Excuse no1 : I’m Too Busy.’
Everyone has said at one time or another that they’re too busy to exercise. But it’s just a matter of setting priorities, says K.C. Wilder, PhD, a Bucks County, Pa., sports psychologist, cyclist, author, and mother of two. If you want to exercise, it’s just a matter of making the time, whether that means getting up an hour earlier in the morning to go for a brisk walk or taking an hour for lunch and walking with co-workers rather than chatting away in the cafeteria. Need more fitness motivation?
A large study in Stroke, a journal of the American Heart Association, found that women who walk for exercise reduce their stroke risk over those who are sedentary.
Excuse No. 2: ‘Exercise Is Boring.’,Sure walking on a treadmill every morning for 30 to 60 minutes can be a bit of a snore. So can riding on a stationary bicycle at the gym. But exercise doesn’t have to be boring at all, Wilder says. The key is to find an exercise that you like — and with choices as varied as swimming, skiing, tennis, yoga, Zumba, and more, finding a fitness method that works for you should just be a matter of trial and error.
Another way to combat boredom is to change your exercise routine every six to eight weeks, says Gregory Florez, a certified personal trainer in Salt Lake City, owner of Fit Advisor health coaching services, and a spokesman for the American Council on Exercise. Constantly changing your routine will keep it challenging, and can also get you over a weight loss plateau if you experience a stall on the scale.
Excuse No. 3 It’s Too Hot’ or ‘It’s Too Cold.’
Extremes in the weather are common excuses for not working out, but Wilder says they shouldn’t be. “If it’s too hot or too cold outside, you always have indoor options,” she says. “Go to the gym, where it’s air-conditioned or heated, or for a walk around the mall, where it’s climate-controlled.” If it’s hot when you exercise, be sure to drink enough water to stay hydrated — dehydration can be dangerous. If it’s cold outside, dress in layers to trap your body’s heat. One benefit of exercising in the cold weather is that it can cure winter blues. Need more fitness motivation? Exercise also increases your energy levels, which can be lower in gloomy weather.
Excuse No. 4: I’m Too Tired.’
Once you drag yourself to the gym after a long day, you’ll be surprised that you’ll feel better and more energized — not more exhausted. Working out improves muscle strength and boosts endurance, Wilder says. It gets your blood flowing and your cardiovascular system working more efficiently. And the more efficient your heart and lungs, the better your blood is able to deliver oxygen and nutrients to your tissues. When your tissues have the oxygen and nutrients they need, you have more energy. Also, when you exercise regularly, you sleep better, and when you sleep better, you have more energy to meet the day.