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My Strategies to Kick Exercise Excuses to the Curb

Posted by: Patti Carrington   |   Wednesday, January 25, 2012   |   Latest Articles   |   Back to Blog

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I’m guilty! Guilty for using lame excuses about why I couldn’t exercise, honestly believing they were reasons. But let’s get this straight – excuses aren’t reasons

According to the Centers for Disease Control, over 50% of American adults don’t get enough physical activity, and 25% of adults aren’t active at all. Making excuses won’t get you anywhere in life. Get down to the real reason for not wanting to do these things. No more excuses! 

Here are some common excuses and how to fight back:

1.  “I don’t have time!”
People find time to do things they enjoy. Saying you don’t have time to exercise is just an excuse to get out of doing something you really don’t want to do. You’re probably a busy person, but almost everyone can find 30-60 minutes somewhere in their day for exercise. Make an “appointment” with yourself – you’re worth it! 

2.  “There’s no gym near me” – or “I can’t afford membership!
You never have to set foot into a gym to work out.  Home cardio workouts only require a good pair of running shoes - you can walk just about anywhere. Buy some dumbbells or resistance bands and exercise at home. A Stability Ball is another inexpensive, fun piece of equipment for “your home gym.”

3.  “I don’t know how!”
Ask a friend who works out regularly for some tips. My “fit friends” enjoy sharing their love of fitness and have great suggestions. Many employers encourage you to be more active and healthy; offering various wellness programs. Unless your doctor has specifically told you that you shouldn’t exercise at all, start by taking short walks.  

4.  “I don’t have the energy!”
Sitting around all day doing nothing makes you feel lazy. Regular exercise boosts energy levels. Start with just 10 minutes of activity daily. Soon you’ll feel energized to do more. 

5.  “I don’t have anyone to exercise with!”
Company is nice, but what happens to your motivation if your workout partner isn’t as motivated as you? If they skip workouts, you’re alone anyway. If you just can’t face working out alone, try one of our fabulous fitness classes at Hendricks Regional Health

6.  “I don’t like to exercise!”
It’s the most valid “excuse” of all because it’s not an excuse. Most people don’t really like to work out. But once you start, you’ll find that you do like it – or at least you won’t dislike it as much. 

If you were a high school athlete, think back to how good it felt to be strong and lean. Like Nike® says: “Just do it!” Don’t let anything keep you from reaching your wellness goals. You’ll be happy you ditched the excuses.

~Patti Carrington

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