Have you ever told yourself, “I’m going to stop this habit and start being healthy tomorrow” or after a night of binge-eating you promised to make healthier choices but never followed through? After forming unhealthy habits, we all understand the need to be active and healthy but most of us find it difficult to change our lifestyle. The reasons may vary from lack of motivation and time to older age and body aches.
Everyone has their own reasons intertwined with the realities of everyday life getting in the way of being more active. In today’s topic, I have highlighted the Top 10 Excuses People Make To Avoid Being Fit and How You Can Overcome Them!
1. I Don’t Have Enough Time
Not having enough time simply means that you need to make time. This can be as simple as squeezing in short walks throughout the day. Drive less, walk more. Select activities that require minimal time such as walking, jogging, or climbing stairs. Remember that every little step counts!
Look at it this way – If we can give 10 hours a day to earn wealth, we can easily give 30 minutes a day to be healthy.
2. I Think Exercise is Boring
Any routine when repeated day in and day out gets boring. It’s the same with exercise but it doesn’t necessarily have to be boring. Mixing up your routine can solve this issue. Try new workouts, exercise with a friend, join a local walking group or take up a team sport. Think back on physical activities you enjoyed as a child. Did you love roller skating, cycling, skipping, frisbee, tennis or jumping on a trampoline? Additionally, you can include a variety of exercises to avoid boredom. For example, you could try trekking and brisk walking instead of just walking on the treadmill.
3. Lack of Motivation
Try to watch one motivational video every day. Make physical activity a regular part of your daily or weekly schedule and write it on your calendar. Once you are done with your workout, share it on your preferred social network so your well-wishers can appreciate your efforts, follow your progress and eventually boost your motivation levels. Invite a friend to exercise with you on a regular basis, Join an exercise group or class.
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4. I’m Too Tired to Exercise After Work
No energy to exercise? But without exercise, you’ll have no energy at all. It’s a vicious cycle. Breaking the cycle with physical activity is one of the best gifts you can give yourself.
Exercising or being physically active doesn’t need to be difficult. You can wake up 30 mins early to exercise. A small run of 10-15 mins or cycling for 15-20 mins can go a long way in keeping you healthy. At work, you can even brisk walk or climb stairs during your lunch break.
5. I’m Too Lazy to Exercise
If the mere thought of a morning jog makes you feel tired, you need to change the way you think. Start by setting realistic expectations. If your mental bar is too high, you might give up without even trying. Whenever you notice that you’re having negative feelings about exercising, say “STOP!” in your mind then use positive statements such as, “Let’s do it” or “Stay focused”. Even a mantra in the form of a single word like “Focus” or “Go” can be helpful. Start with a walk around the block. Don’t give up if you feel worn out. Take another walk around the block tomorrow. Keep it up, and eventually, you’ll no longer feel worn out.
Work with your nature, not against it. Plan physical activity for times of the day when you tend to feel more energetic — or at least not quite so lazy. Go for a walk in the morning, not as a physical activity but to enjoy nature. Start spending 1% of your day for exercise and gradually it will increase.
6. Fear of Injury
If you’re nervous about injuries, there’s literally no need to worry. Start with a simple walking program followed by a warm up and a cool down to prevent injury. As you become more confident in your abilities, add new activities to your routine. Choose activities involving minimum risk. You can also learn how to exercise appropriately considering your age, fitness level, skill level, and health status.
7. I’ve Tried Earlier and Failed
Success never comes immediately. Based on certain factors, your progress might be fast or slow. Failure is just another step to success. Currently, if you are not involved in any exercise, start with the basics and gradually increase your intensity. Begin with small workouts and build up to more intense workouts when your body is ready. Set some realistic goals and remember why you’re exercising. Once you achieve your goals, reward yourself. It will keep you motivated. Don’t give up and keep moving forward. You’ll find success eventually.
8. ‘It’s too Hot’, It’s too Cold’, ‘It’s Raining’
There’s always something you can do, regardless of the weather. Don’t try to use seasons as your obstacles, rather, make them your opportunity. Use a variety of indoor and outdoor activities to choose from so that the weather can’t interfere with your exercise routine. With regards to the indoor activities, you can choose different exercises or routines such as the 7 Min Exercise, Tabata, 9 Min Exercise format, Ab format etc. If you are planning outdoor activities, try football, kabaddi, cycling, running, jogging or trekking. During monsoons, if you’re stuck in the market – go to a shopping mall and window shop. Choose weather-specific activities such as skiing or snow-play in winter or swimming in summer.
9. I Can’t Afford Health Club Fees
You don’t really need a club membership to be fit. Nature has already provided all the resources you need to get active. If required, you can use very simple, basic and effective props, like a Resistance Band, Bosu Ball, Yoga Mat, Kettlebell, Suspension Trainer, Swiss Ball, etc. Among all of the above – my favourite workout is with your own body weight. Here are some exercises you can incorporate in your routine: Push Ups, Jumping Jacks, Squats, Lunges, Plank, Mountain Climbers, Burpees, Pull Ups, Calf Raises, Sit-ups, and Jogging. Once you are used to it – try some variations and increase the intensity.
10. Too Much Traveling
Most people travel a lot and they always have an excuse that you are not getting enough time to workout. So for them, I have already written a separate blog. Please check: Stay Fit While Traveling.
One small drop can create a ripple in the water. Why do you think that one small workout isn’t going to make a difference? If you decide to achieve your fitness goal, no one can stop you from getting there. The first step is always the hardest but once you take it, there’s no stopping!
Can you think of better excuses? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll give you ways to beat them! Go forth and #BeTheForce!