“I don’t have time to exercise.” This is the most common excuse for not incorporating exercise into your daily life.
Exercise is an important part of healthy living. There are many benefits to moving your body consistently, however if your main reason is to burn calories and lose weight, then it becomes a means to an end, a chore, you dread doing it and will find every excuse in the book NOT to exercise.
4 Exercise Excuses Busted
1. “I don’t have time”.
Yes, you do! Take a long hard look at your daily schedule and determine what part of your day you are the most inactive. Is it while waiting for your kids to come off the bus? Jog in place until the bus comes. Is it crashing on the couch at night watching T.V.? Jump rope or hoola hoop during the commercial breaks. Do you hit the snooze button one too many times in the morning? Instead, get up when your alarm rings and hop on the treadmill, pop in a DVD or go out for a morning run.
2. “Exercise is too hard for me.”
If you haven’t exercised in a while (or ever), then start small! Focus on being more active in your everyday life. Try some of these ideas:
- Park your car farther away from the store or building and walk to the entrance.
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator. If you are going to the 10th floor, then take the elevator to the 8th floor and walk the remaining two flights.
- Carry an extra shopping bag in each hand to simulate weights and strengthen your shoulders.
- Do squats as you are putting the laundry from the washing machine into the dryer.
3. “I don’t like going to the gym.”
Exercise is more than about going to the gym. Don’t feel pressured into thinking that’s what you “need’ to do. Exercise should be fun and enjoyable, something you look forward to. Think back to when you were a kid, what activities did you enjoy the most? Choose an activity that you find fun, such as joining a sports league, playing tennis, bike riding or swimming. The more fun that you have, the more likely you are to do it again!
4. “I intend to exercise, and then other things come up.”
You lead a busy life, there’s no denying that. But there will always be something that comes up to take the place of your exercise if you don’t plan it into your schedule. Block out time in your calendar, whether it be 10, 20, 30 or 60 minutes. Write it in your planner so no other meetings or errands can be planned during that time. You will see that if you schedule it, you will get it done, just like any other appointments you schedule.
Once you find an exercise that you love, you will look forward to your sweat session each day. Keep in mind to listen to your body as you work out. Your body will give you a sign if you are working out too hard or too long. Don’t feel pressured to complete your workout if your body says otherwise. Exercising is not a punishment, it’s a gift to your body, mind and soul.