The mind is a very powerful tool and we can train it to do what we want. Yet, left to its own device it can stop us from doing what we really want. So you want to lose weight and/or be fitter. So what’s keeping you from getting out and exercising? Here’s the top 6 excuses for not exercising and how to overcome them.
Excuse No. 1: ‘I Don’t Get a Break From the Kids.’
We’re warming into the excuses, because this one is easy. Take the kids with you! While they’re playing, you can walk around the playground. During their games or sports practices, walk briskly around the field. It’s what we like to call NET – No Extra Time. You can incorporate into your activity already.
Go biking with your kids, put up a badminton net in your yard, sign up as a family for “fun runs,” or just walk around the neighborhood with your children. You can even joint the kids and try active video games like “Dance Dance Revolution,” “Wii Sport,” and “Wii Fit.”
Excuse No. 2: ‘I’m Too Tired.’
Working out actually gives you more energy. Your body makes feel-good hormones (endorphins) and you’re getting the circulation going.
It may help to work out in the morning before your day gets away from you. Not a morning person? No problem. Do it whenever you feel best, just get outside!
Excuse No. 3: ‘I Just Don’t Like to Move.’
First, figure out why.
Is it that you don’t like getting sweaty? You can work out indoors where it’s air conditioned. You can swim so you won’t notice any perspiration. Or try a low-sweat activity, like gentle types of yoga.
Is it hard on your joints? Head for the pool. Exercising in water is easier on your joints. The stronger your muscles get, the more they can support your joints and the less you’ll hurt. If your physical limitations are more serious, check with your doctor, or find an athletic trainer who can help you figure out exercises that are still safe and easy to do.
If you’re self-conscious about your weight, you could start by walking with friends, working out in the privacy of your home, or exercising with a trainer who’s supportive. Wear clothes that feel comfortable.
Excuse No. 4: ‘I Don’t Have Time.’
“How much television do you watch?” During your shows, use resistance bands for strength training or walk in place. You could also record your shows and watch them later, skipping the ads; use that time to exercise.
If you don’t have a long stretch of time, you could break up your workout into shorter sessions. Some activity is better than none.
Excuse No. 5: ‘Exercise Is Boring.’
Find an activity you love. Try inline skating or gardening. Join a sports club, or go dancing. “There’s an exercise for everyone and it certainly doesn’t have to be onerous or unpleasant.
If it makes exercise more enjoyable for you, it’s OK to watch TV or read while you’re on the exercise bike or treadmill, as long as your workout is still challenging.
Get some friends to go with you or join a group. Most importantly, every once in a while, try something totally new.
Excuse No. 6: ‘I’ve Tried it all Before.’
Really? ALL of it? Set goals that are small and realistic. Then you’re more likely to feel like a success.
It also helps to keep a log and post it somewhere public — even on Facebook. Make it a wall of encouragement. A log helps you see if you’re starting to fall off the wagon (or the treadmill).
Having an exercise buddy keeps you accountable as well, you may be more likely to show up for your workout if you know someone is expecting you to be there.
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So then. No excuses! It’s time to get up right now and get active. Have you got any other excuses you’ve busted through? Comment below, we’d love to hear from you. Time to get the salsa shoes on!