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How to overcome your excuses for not exercising

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It is so easy to let life get in the way of exercising, but the majority of the time we are just making excuses for not doing it. You know how goes, you skip one session at the gym, then you skip the next one and before you know it you have stopping going at all.

Well we are here to help.

Here are some ideas to help overcome your excuses.

I don’t have time, or I am too busy

This is by far the most common excuse, yes life can get busy but really what are you busy doing. Watching TV or just generally distracting yourself with trivialities.

In your working life you, more than likely schedule meetings and the like, so why not do the same for exercise. Add to your calendar on your phone so you can see there is a regular commitment to do the exercise. Having this ongoing commitment in your calendar also helps your family, friends and colleagues get used to your new schedule. Meaning they are less likely to derail your efforts.

Also, there are loads of short workouts out there in internet land and a quick search will provide you with many options.

I’m too tired to exercise.

This is a funny one, exercise makes you physically tired, but you are already tired. However, in reality you actually feel more energised by exercising.

So, the best thing to do is just to work out. Start out with something low impact (e.g. walking). As you become accustomed to the exercise, you can start increasing the intensity.

Everyone has different energy levels at different times of the day. Where you can, plan to exercise when you are at your peak energy level.

For example, if you are a morning person, set your alarm 30 mins earlier and fit in your workout.

Asking a friend to join you on your fitness journey can also be a great aid to overcoming “being too tired” because if you skip your workout you are also letting your friend down.

I’m too big or too fat

A lot of people feel this, they are embarrassed and feel too self-conscious. All sorts of thoughts go through your mind, will people laugh at me or just stare at me, will I be the only fat one there?

These fears alone stop people going to the gym, taking a class or even going for walk around the block.

This really does not need to be a fear, when you get to gym you will find there are people of all shapes and sizes. Most people are just focused on what they are doing and not anyone else.

You deserve a big pat on the back for making the choice to exercise and don’t worry about anyone else. Yes, there are haters out there, but they are the one with a problem not you. Throw yourself into the exercise and enjoy it.

Exercising Is Boring.

We have touched on this in previous posts, there are so many activities out there you are bound to be able to find one that you enjoy.

Yes, going to the gym can be boring (well for me it is), I love rock climbing and mountain biking. When I get the chance, I still skateboard (for those who have never met me personally I am in my 40’s) purely because it’s fun although falling hurts a lot more now, than in my teens.

The point is there is an activity out there for anyone.

Don’t be afraid to get out there and try new activities. Many things have free tryouts or cheap introductions. From dancing to walking, just get out there and find your fun. So no more excuses, just start exercising.

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