Overcoming Common Excuses to Exercise

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For many people, there is always something better to do than exercise.  Reading a good book, grocery shopping, watching tv or calling a friend.  Excuses crop up when getting sweaty is the alternative.  Why does this happen?  Part of it has to do with having a good reason for the exercise in the first place.  The other part is due to perception.

It can seem that there isn’t enough time to exercise, that it’s not fun or that it’s unaffordable to join a gym.  These are the top three excuses people have for avoiding their workout.  Keep reading to learn mindset tricks that can help you shift your attitude.

 #1 Boredom

Say this, “Exercise is fun!”  That’s a start.  Now ask yourself, “why do I find exercise boring?”  and “How could it be more interesting for me?”  Think about what aspect of being fit is the most enticing to you.  Consider the benefits: strength, heart health, energy, mood, better sleep, progress and weight loss.  Knowing what your driving factor to exercise is will help you choose methods that are more interesting to you.

There are many options available to meet all these goals and no need to feel bored with your chosen method.  Boxing, swimming, weight training, dance classes, hiking, biking, etc.  The list goes on and on.  Your tried and true method might lose its spark at some point and so maybe it’s time for a change.  Acknowledge that and be ok with it.

In addition, some people feel less bored when they have a partner to talk with while exercising.  Ask around and see if you can find someone to join you or perhaps you can use a headset to catch up with a friend while you power walk or hike.  Be courteous when in public places, not everyone wants to hear your conversation.

 #2 Time

This is perhaps the main excuse for everything we don’t want to do in life.  Going back to #1, what can make exercise more important to you?  Having a strong goal in mind and reason for working out is key.  If your family is really important to you, perhaps being in a good mood and having energy is your driving factor.  Or you might want to be stronger so you don’t get injured when playing your favorite sport.

Most of us also waste time doing things that aren’t related to our deeper desires.  After you’ve deepened your connection with the reason for exercising, then you can look at your schedule through new eyes.  What is another habit that can get tossed out in exchange for this healthy habit or blended with it?  Perhaps you spend time watching tv, on facebook, shopping or with your family.  You can make exercise a family event or watch tv while you do cardio.

 #3 Money

Exercise doesn’t have to cost money, but sometimes there is a good reason for it.  If you’re having trouble finding the right motivation, the last resort is sometimes the best answer.  Paying for a gym membership and attending group classes or hiring a personal trainer is under-estimated.  You can spend money now to make sure you fit your workout in or spend it, later on, health bills.

There are worse habits to spend money on and there’s likely something else you could cut back on financially to make room in your budget.  Many people find that fitting in a workout before they start their work day helps them be more productive, which can lead to earning more money.  How’s that for a flip of mindset?

Choose one of the three excuses that seem the most relevant to you and explore what’s happening at a deeper level.  Make some small changes and don’t be afraid to try again.  Exercise, like many relationships, is on-going and ever-changing.

Tell us in the comments, which excuse is holding you back?  What’s another excuse you make up to avoid exercise?

Beverly Hosford

Beverly Hosford

Beverly Hosford has a BS in Exercise Science from Rutgers University and MA in Kinesiology from San Diego State University.She is a Muscle Activation Techniques Certified Specialist, Personal Trainer and Health Coach.Bev shares a message of mindfulness around the world to wellness professionals by teaching on topics including anatomy, body awareness, business and entrepreneurship.She enjoys guiding people to have harmony in their bodies and careers.The mountains of Montana and her two dogs keep her life joyful, inspired and balanced.
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