What’s YOUR excuse?
Here are the top 3 excuses I hear for not exercising and WHY you should never utter them . . .
1. I don’t have time.
I bet you’ve said that one before. I know I have – and I know better. I understand, sometimes life gets so busy that it seems like you don’t have time to breathe, let alone exercise. Guess what? Those are probably the times you need to exercise the most. Exercise will increase the positive feelings in your body and mind, relieve stress and help you cope better with a busy schedule. Here’s how I like to look at this excuse . . . if someone was paying you $100 to exercise for 20 to 30 minutes a day, I’d be willing to bet you would somehow find the time. Right? If you answered that question with a yes, then somewhere in your schedule you can find that time. Here are a few ideas:
- Go to bed 20 minutes earlier and get up 20 minutes earlier. That’s enough time for a short walk or jog.
- Double up. Combine exercise with visiting a friend, have a walking meeting, play with your kids instead of watching TV with them, and walk the soccer field while your kids are at practice. If you think through your day I bet you can find a time you can get some activity in while accomplishing something else.
- Let go of your idea of perfection. If this is truly a busy time in your life, you may really not have time for a thirty-minute dedicated session at the gym. Okay, then how about a few five-minute dance breaks throughout the day? Or even squats, push-ups, and sit-ups as soon as you wake up. Remember that something is better than nothing!
2. I’m too tired.
Are you really? Unless you have a serious medical condition that justifies this excuse, avoiding exercise isn’t going to help your lack of energy. In fact, exercise will INCREASE your energy levels. Now I’m not saying that sometimes you don’t need a break – if deep down you know you need to rest, then honor your body and give it the rest it needs, BUT if you are just feeling normal, busy-life tired, exercise could be the cure to push you through the rest of the day.
3. I can’t afford it.
This one really drives me crazy. Walking is FREE. Dancing is FREE. Using your body to do simple bodyweight exercises (crunches, planks, squats) is FREE. You can even borrow free DVD’s from your local library to mix things up.
I admit I’m being a little “tongue-in-cheek” in this post – I readily acknowledge that there are times in our lives when most of us could honestly say one of these three excuses and they would be legitimate. However, most of the time we use these excuses because it’s easier than taking action. That’s what I want you to think about the next time you utter an excuse for not exercising – is it TRULY a valid excuse? Or am I just taking the easy way out?
What excuse do you find yourself saying the most often when it comes to not exercising? Please share in the comments – along with any suggestions you may have for moving past them – your idea just might help someone else get off the couch and stop making excuses!