Do you seem to always find excuses not to exercise? Top 8 excused we don’t exercise and how to overcome them
I don’t have time – A study led by the Australian National University found that 1 in 5 people between 25-54 years old claim they don’t have enough time to exercise or eat healthy. Basically, these people are saying they don’t have time to look after their health. If you write down your daily routine you would be able to schedule in 20 minutes of exercise per day. Whether it be waking up 30 minutes earlier, replacing an hour of TV with an hour of exercise, everyone can find some way.
It’s too expensive – Exercise can be as cheap as you like or free! There is exercise to suit every budget. The cheapest exercise is walking and just 20 minutes of walking a day can greatly improve your health and reduce the risk of chronic disease. Outdoor body weight workouts are also a versatile free way to incorporate exercise into your day.
I can’t be bothered/motivated – Some people lack the motivation/self-worth to plan or actually do any exercise. It is all about creating a habit and sticking to it. First for a week, then a month and then 3 months. Once you have incorporated some form of exercise into your routine for 3 months it becomes a habit and is no longer difficult to get motivated. Just stick to it and keep it up and before you know it you will enjoy it.
I’m too tired – Studies have found that exercise increases energy levels and reduces fatigue. Try to do a shorter workout or something less strenuous like Yoga or Pilates. Completing some exercise in the morning can give you more energy for the rest of the day.
I eat healthy so I don’t have to exercise – Exercise isn’t just about weight; there are many health benefits you can receive for exercise that you cannot receive from nutrition alone. These include good circulation, healthy joints, strong muscles and positive mental health.
Exercise Hurts – People with pain often fear exercise will cause more pain. However, research has shown that exercise can be used as an effective treatment for chronic pain and reduce the severity. If you have an acute injury you can focus on another body part.
I’m too unfit – Everyone has to start somewhere and if you are really unfit you can only improve. There are exercise options for everyone and if you are lost with where to start, you can contact your Exercise Physiologist who can design a program for you.
I dislike exercise – Exercise is definitely not a one size fits all. There are a lot of different types of exercise or activities out there. Don’t think exercise has to be going to the gym regularly. You can walk your dog, dance, swim, home exercises and workouts. You just have to find the exercise that is right for you.
If you are unsure about any of the above suggestions you can contact your Accredited Exercise Physiologist for a personalised program to overcome your excuses or barriers to exercise.