The reasons why exercise is beneficial are widely known but many people skip out on daily workout routines. They often cite particular exercise excuses as to why they can’t get themselves into shape, and these include the following. Take a look and if any of these excuses (they probably apply to you), and consider the solutions we suggest to you.
Exercise Excuse #1: I can’t afford the gym
Gym membership prices can be high, so this excuse is understandable. However, there are other places to exercise than the local gym. Emily and I exercise outside every single day!
You could set up a gym at home, with the equipment you need to help you smash your fitness goals. Online stores like www.ironcompany.com sell much of what you need, and there are bound to be fitness stores within your local area too.
You can also exercise in the great outdoors (like we do). You need only look at some of the articles on our website for ideas. Go for regular walks/runs, find popular hiking spots, get on your bike, and try such activities as rock climbing, and other outdoor pursuits.
Exercise Excuse #2: Exercise isn’t fun
An exercise routine can be just that – a routine – but it doesn’t have to be boring. If you’re forever using the same pieces of equipment at the gym or walking the same routes each day, yes, exercise can become dull. This is also the way to NOT GETTING ANY RESULTS!! Your body needs to be challenged with variation, which is why CrossFit works better than other programs.
So, mix things up a little. Check out our ideas on making working out fun, or join our program here, and do something that you know you will enjoy. Then remember to pace yourself. While it’s human nature to push against your limits, you shouldn’t push yourself too far above what you can manage when you’re getting start, as you will likely find yourself an injury.
Exercise Excuse #3: I’m too busy to exercise
If you have a family to manage and a job to go to, you will have less time than you might like to exercise (and excuses all over the place).
Well, that’s the theory anyway. In truth, you probably have more time than you expect. You need to look for those places in your schedule where exercise can be incorporated. You can do this, despite your family and work commitments. In fact, how can you take care of your family and work to the best of your ability if you are out of shape and unhealthy? The answer, you can’t!
Re family: You might want to get up early in the day if you have more time then, or you might want to exercise later in the day when the kids are in bed. You can include your family in your exercise activities too, so do something active with them on a weekend, and find ways to exercise with your family at home. This will teach them to enjoy exercise and not get themselves into the place that you’ve found yourself.
Re work: You could walk (or ride your bike) to work instead of using the car. When at work, you could exercise during your break times, be that around the office or by going for a stroll outside. You can even exercise while at your desk. Take a look at these desk exercises for some useful ideas.
If you can relate to any the excuses here, consider our suggestions (your health depends on it). And for any other excuses that are familiar to you, commit to research and find ways to overcome them. Experts vary when offering advice on how much exercise you should do, but one thing is clear: Something is better than nothing! So, kick your excuses into touch and find ways to exercise more regularly.