5 Excuses people use to not exercise

5 excuses people use to not exercise – and reasons why they’re wrong

‘I HATE exercise’

No one hates ALL types of exercise.  There’s bound to be something that you enjoy doing that counts as exercise.  It doesn’t have to be the gym – although weight training has so many benefits to your lifestyle in so many ways (even a little resistance training added to whatever else you decide to do is beneficial).  The more you do something, the chances are you’ll eventually enjoy it anyway.  You could try swimming, running, walking, hiking, skiing, dancing, football, rugby, badminton.  Find something you do enjoy doing and you’ll stick to it.

‘It’s too hard’

Nothing worth doing in life is going to be easy.  Exercise is hard work – but the more you do it, the FITTER you become.  This makes it much ‘easier’ and a lot more enjoyable.  There’s a huge difference in how you feel after intense exercise when you’re fit compared to when you’re unfit.  When you’re unfit you feel like ‘you’re dying’ and want it to be over.  When your fitness is through the roof, it’s still hard but you’re loving it and you want to keep going – until you’re fatigued and NEED to stop.  So the best thing to do is keep improving your overall fitness and maintain a good level.

‘I can’t because…’

I’ve heard so many people say that they can’t exercise because they’ve got ‘bad knees’ or ‘asthma’ or another health condition that means they ‘can’t’.  What they maybe don’t realise is that exercise could potentially help to improve, prevent or reverse these problems.  Weight training and strengthening the muscles surrounding an injury can help to take the strain off the injured/weak area.  The same goes for increasing cardio fitness – it can help people improve someone’s asthma to the point that they don’t need their inhaler as much or at all.  So unless a doctor says someone shouldn’t be exercising at all (which they rarely do), then they should be doing exercise that’s specific to them and their goals.

I’m too busy/don’t have the time

Work and family life can feel like it gets in the way and it can feel like you don’t have much time left after you’ve been at work all day and have dealt with the kids afterwards.  It only takes 40 minutes to an hour to get a good workout in.  You can even go to a gym at lunchtime or on your way home from work and do a quick class – or even before work!  If you still feel that you can’t get to a gym regularly, there are plenty of PTs out there who do online coaching and can give you good workouts to do at home.  There’s always an option and once you get into a routine it’s just part of your day and what you do.

‘I’m too tired’

Everyone feels tired after a long day or a rubbish sleep, but this shouldn’t stop you moving more.  Finding the best time in the day for you to exercise (when you feel the most energised) is a good place to start.  Everyone is different, so mornings are good for some people when an afternoon or evening workout would be better for others.  You’ll sleep better and feel more energised (which means you’ll be less tired) once you get into a regular routine.

If you eliminate these excuses and change your mindset, you’re more likely to achieve the results that you want.

~ Shelagh / Shelagh Jane Fitness Coach