How many excuses do you tend to pick up when it comes to introducing some physical activity into your schedule? Remember, exercising is not a chore but a favor you do for yourself, in order to live a better, healthier and happier life. That said, every excuse can be easily dropped if you’re willing to try.
You don’t have time
This is definitely one of the most common excuses people tend to come up with when it comes to the lack of physical activity in their life. It’s true, a lot of people lead busy lives these days. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t take at least 15 minutes out of your day to do some workouts. Yes, if you really don’t have the time to visit the gym a couple of days a week for a longer workout session, you can still get all the benefits from exercising if you just take up this habit for 15 minutes every day.
That said, you can wake up 15 minutes earlier or go to bed 15 minutes later. Instead of relaxing in front of the TV after work, watch TV as you exercise. Instead of wasting half of your lunch break in chit chat, go for a 15-minute run in the nearby park. There’s always time.
You hate the gym
Not everyone enjoys visiting the gym and being surrounded by strangers. That’s perfectly fine and understandable. But, that’s not a valid excuse for getting no exercise whatsoever. These days there are so many online videos available that feature fitness trainers and enthusiasts who literally show various sets of exercises you can do with them in the comfort of your own home. After a while, you’ll know all these exercises so that you won’t even have to watch the screen in order to do them. Not to mention the number of fitness apps with home workout suggestions.
You have no motivation
This might be one of the most challenging barriers to overcome when it comes to engaging in physical activity and making a healthy change in your life, but that still doesn’t mean that it’s not just an excuse. There are different things you can do to boost the motivation to exercise, especially if you’re aware that you really should. Watching motivational before and after videos is one way. You can also use trendy workout clothes to boost your motivation. This is a very interesting tip that actually works wonders. Fashionable and trendy workout tops and gym leggings are much better and more energizing compared to old baggy pants and raggedy shirts.
You don’t find it rewarding
One of the biggest mistakes people make when they start to exercise is that they expect huge results in a short amount of time. Therefore, they often give up before they have even truly begun and opt for the “not rewarding enough” excuse. But nothing can really change overnight. If you want to feel accomplished and rewarded from your effort, especially if you want to lose a considerable amount of weight through physical activity, you shouldn’t just keep the end result in mind. Instead, come up with your own short-term goals and use them as stepping stones. That way, you’ll always have a sense of accomplishment after a period of habitual exercising.
You don’t like to work out
Working out is not just about doing common exercises associated with gyms and fitness videos. Every physical activity is a workout and, in that respect, unless you have tried them all, you can’t really say that you don’t like any type of workout. If you want to drop this particular excuse, you should look for a physical activity that feels fun and entertaining to you. This can be dancing, hiking, wall climbing, cycling, swimming, rollerblading, ice-skating, and so on.
Let’s drop the excuses and actually do something about the issue of physical activity. Think carefully about the common excuses you use for not exercising and then do your best to really find the solution to this “obstacle” on your own, without anyone else putting additional pressure on you. You’re bound to find your answer.