5 Horrible Excuses NOT to Exercise ….How Your Excuses Can Harm Your Health

So many people see exercise as simply a way to burn calories or battle the bulge. And while a decrease in exercises DOES bring more weight, more startling things you will notice is a decrease in energy, an inability to keep your stress under control, and a lack of joy.

Get out of the house and take some “me” time in the form of exercise. Find something you LOVE doing.

The point is: Movement, exercise, fitness… whatever you want to call it… Should make you happy. At least after the initial soreness wears off.

So, if you have found yourself meandering in a pool of excuses that are keeping you from daily exercise, now is the time to STOP. Here are 5 of the most common horrible excuses for not working out and how to overcome them.

Excuse #1: I’m too busy.

Listen, I get that you are busy. I really do. But I bet if you were to track how you use every minute of your day you could find a spare 20 – 30 minutes… probably more. If you literally spend every waking moment doing something meaningful and productive then you are either getting way too much sleep OR you need some serious help taking things off your plate.

Here’s the bottom line: If you think working out takes up too much time consider how much time dealing with injuries, chronic pain, or disease takes up. Fitting in fitness needs to be a priority. You can make time.

Excuse #2: It’s too expensive.

If you think the only way to get fit is to join an expensive gym, own expensive equipment, or hire a personal trainer than, yes, it’s probably too expensive for some people. But the good news is you don’t need any of that to exercise. You just need your body. You can train for strength, endurance, flexibility… the whole lot… with your own body. Go for a walk around the block. Do some push-ups, planks, or burpees at home. Swim at a community pool, ride your bike to work, try running, lifting your children, whatever. There are so many resources on the web for cheap or FREE exercise programs. However, if its in your budget, choose Team Angie Fitness to help you start your exercise and helathy lifestyle journey.

Excuse #3: I’m in pain.

Okay, this excuse has some merit because if you are injured or dealing with chronic pain you DO NOT want to ignore it. Injuries should be evaluated by your healthcare practitioner so that you know the best route for healing. But most injuries can be handled appropriately through modification, adaptation, or alternative forms of exercise. If you have a sprained ankle, please don’t continue jumping on a trampoline to get in your 20 minute workout. But you may find that doing yoga on a chair, lifting weights while sitting, or aquatic exercises (assuming there’s no cast involved) may be a great way to keep you going.

If you are dealing with chronic pain you may also want to consider the very real possibility that your inactive lifestyle is causing the chronic pain. Remember: Our bodies were designed to move. They break down if you don’t move them.

Excuse #4: I move enough already.

When you consider what exercise provides, I strongly recommend making dedicated time to exercise beyond just a busy job or active day. Don’t get me wrong: If you have an active job or lifestyle that keeps you on your feet then I think you’re doing better than a lot of people… but there is still something so mentally and emotionally rewarding about focusing on your body through a dedicated workout or practice.

Excuse #5: I don’t like it.

At the heart of so many of these excuses is this one: Exercise isn’t enjoyable. It’s not fun. It’s uncomfortable. I personally believe that best kind of exercise is the kind that keeps you coming back. Find the one that really “fit” your needs at this time in your life. It may take a while to figure it out. The key is to keep looking. You don’t have to run on a treadmill if you don’t like it. You don’t have to endure yoga if that’s not your thing.

Does that mean exercise should never push you, leave you sore, or challenge your belief in your body’s capabilities? No way! The whole point is to grow, strengthen, and improve. But exercise is not a punishment. Find something that challenges you AND leaves you feeling a little bit better every day.

Now that you know better……Choose better and Do better! NO MORE EXCUSES!

Article by: Robin Konie & Angie Johnson (TAF)