August 2, 2012 by The Lupie Chick
The Top 6 Exercise Excuses and How to Beat Them
How can you get past the excuses and get moving.
Exercise Excuse No. 1: “I Don’t Have Time.”
During your TV shows, use resistance bands, or walk in place. Or use Tivo so you can skip the commercials and see a one-hour show later in just 40 minutes, That’s 20 minutes of activity right there. Better yet, turn off the TV and spend your newfound time working out.
People who exercise regularly make it a habit. They haven’t bought any more time during the day than anyone else. What we’ve done is prioritize it. We find time for things we value.
Exercise Excuse No. 2: “I’m Too Tired.”
It may sound counter intuitive, but working out actually gives you more energy. Once you get moving, your fatigue will likely disappear.
You’re getting the endorphins [feel-good hormones in your body] to release, and you’re getting the circulation going — as opposed to coming home and crashing on the couch.
It may help to work out in the morning, before you get wiped out by a demanding workday. If you’re not a morning person, don’t worry, just work out whenever you feel the best.
Exercise Excuse No. 3: “I Don’t Get a Break From the Kids.”
Take the kids with you. While they’re swinging, you can walk around the playground or the backyard, or jump rope. Walk the kids to school instead of driving them. During their soccer games or practices, walk briskly around the field.
Use your family time for active pursuit. Go biking with your kids or just walk around the neighborhood with your children. When the weather’s bad, try active video games (Zumba, & Michael Jackson Experience are my favorites), dancing, at home work out videos ( my buddy told me that Julian Michael’s videos are the #TRUTH).
Exercise Excuse No. 4: “Exercise Is Boring.”
You should want it and feel good about it before you do it. And it should feel good while you’re doing it.”
So how do you get there? First, find an activity you love. Think outside the box: Join a sports league (I’m thinking about joining the kickball league next season). Or, if you love music, line dancing ( can you say wobble!!!!). There’s an exercise for everyone.
If it makes exercise more enjoyable for you, it’s OK to watch TV or read while you’re on the exercise bike or treadmill — just don’t forget to pedal or run.
Working out with a group also helps many people. Not everybody’s cut out to go on a six-mile run by themselves.To find a group, look at meetups ( meetup.com or simply recruit several friends.
Every once in a while, try something totally new. Mix it up so you don’t get bored.
Exercise Excuse No. 5: “I Just Don’t Like to Move.”
There are people who really enjoy not moving. They prefer to knit, read books, or watch TV.
If it’s sweating you don’t like, you can get a good workout without perspiring excessively.You can work out indoors, where it’s air conditioned. You can swim so you won’t notice any perspiration. Or, try a low-sweat activity like yoga.
If exercise hurts your joints, try starting by exercising in water. The stronger your muscles get, the more they can support your joints, and the less you’ll hurt. If you’re physical limitations is more serious, check with your doctor/coach who can help you figure out exercises that are still safe and easy to do.
If you don’t like to move because you feel too fat, start with an activity that’s less public, like using an exercise video at home. Walk with nonjudgmental friends in your neighborhood while wearing clothes that provide enough coverage that you feel comfortable.
Exercise Excuse No. 6: “I Always End up Quitting.”
Set small, attainable goals. Then you’re more likely to feel like a success, not a failure. If you exercise for five minutes a day for a week, you’ll feel good — and more likely to want to try 10 minutes a day the next week.
It also helps to keep a log and post it somewhere public (follow hash tag #DivaGettingFit on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook).
Having an exercise buddy keeps you accountable as well. My buddy is my sista friend Gayna. She encourages me, provides LOADS of tips, and holds me accountable. Thanks BUDDY!!!!!
It’s harder to start exercising than to stick with it once you’ve got your momentum going. Start a healthy habit today… you will feel better and will want to continue your healthy lifestyle everyday!