We all know that exercise is important, so why do so many of us make excuses not to do it? Exercise and healthy eating will not only make us feel better immediately but it can also extend our lives. It's time we stop making excuses and start getting fit. Here we'll learn ways to combat the most common exercise excuses.
Probably the most common excuse that people use to avoid exercise. Between work and family life it can be difficult to find the time to fit in exercise so you have to get creative. Everyone has down time. The important thing is to make good use of your down time. Instead of sitting in front of the TV vegging out in the evening, use that time to exercise. You have many options; go for a walk or run, take a fitness class, pop in an exercise DVD, etc.
Another option is to fit in exercise on your lunch break or before you start work. This is easier if your workplace has a fitness center in the building. If you don't have access to a gym at work there are still ways that you can add fitness into your daily routine. Park further from the door so you have to walk further. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. There are even some exercises that you can do at your desk to improve your strength and flexibility.
By combining family time and exercise you can teach your family the importance of staying fit while spending quality time together. Going for a bike ride, taking swimming lessons or family yoga are great ways to bond as a family and fit in some exercise.
When it comes to finding time for exercise there is always a way to fit it in. Even if you have to break up your workouts into small increments throughout the day any activity is beneficial. Look into Bootcamps as well, where you can get a full body workout in less time.
Lack of Athleticism
People who aren't athletic often say that they don't enjoy exercise. It's hard to enjoy an activity that you're not strong at. It may seem like effort. In this case it's about finding something that you enjoy. Going to the gym isn't for everyone but that doesn't mean that not everyone can be active. It's all about finding what you enjoy. If you don't like sports but like music, look into a Zumba class or take dancing lessons. That way you can combine your love of music with a form of exercise.
Another way to get over a lack of athleticism is to workout with someone who can teach and motivate you. The best workout partner is someone who is positive and encouraging without being overly competitive. You may find that the best option is to go with a personal trainer whose job is to teach proper form, create workouts and motivate their clients.
"I'm too overweight"
It's hard to get started if you haven't partaken in a fitness routine before. Gyms and classes can be very intimidating so it seems easier to just not start exercising. If you're trying to get started but are worried about what others might be thinking try to put that thought aside. Everyone has to start somewhere. You'll probably be surprised that most people, especially in a class setting, are really supportive to new participants.
If you're still nervous than start with a personal trainer. A good option is to work with an independent trainer who can either come to your home or will train you in a private studio. Also, speak to the staff at your local fitness center and find out when the club is quiet and workout at those times until you feel more comfortable.
Doing some workouts at home or on your own to lose those first few pounds can be a great motivator to keep you going. There is lots of help online or through workout DVDs, so there is no excuse for you not to start you weight loss program.
Getting motivated to workout can be difficult, but once you get going you'll be surprised at how much you enjoy it and how much better you'll feel. Once you find something you like and establish a routine you'll forget about all the excuses you used before. Look into your habits and the most common excuses that you're using to avoid exercise so you can overcome your mindset and start on the road to fitness.
About the Author
Dave Mugavero is the owner of Custom Bodies Fitness in Irvine, California. He is extremely proud of his success as the top rated health club in Orange County. Dave has been in the fitness industry for over 24 years, and is widely considered by his peers to be a “Weight Loss Guru”. His extensive knowledge of nutrition, human physiology, personal training and weight loss techniques, and his caring commitment to each client are what make him an expert in his field. He has been a top ranked Natural Body Builder and highly sought after personal trainer and lecturer.