There always are and always will be reasons why we can’t spend more time at the gym working out, but how many of those reasons are just excuses that you are making up? Instead of allowing these excuses to stop you from getting fit, it’s time to get over them. Here are the most commonly used excuses:
“I’m too old/too young to get in shape”
There’s no such thing as too old to get in shape. Need proof of this? Look at Sylvester Stallone, Arnie, and Jack Lalanne, all fit men well into their 60s. As for being too young, there’s no such thing either. You can start working out from a young age, and it’s actually recommended that you do so. If you are a fit teenager, it’s much more likely that you will be a fit adult as well.
“It’s too expensive”
The truth is that gyms do cost money, and setting up a home gym isn’t cheap either. However, you no doubt have NO problem spending money on beer, video games, electronics, cigarettes, and other things that you enjoy, so can you really say that $30 to $50 a month is “too expensive”? It’s just that you don’t want to spend money on a gym membership, not that you can’t!
“I don’t have the time”
This is a very common excuse, and a valid one in many cases. If you are a busy professional, it may be hard to tear yourself away from work for more than an hour every day. Thankfully, that’s where HIIT exercise comes in handy. These high intensity workouts are designed for busy people like you, and they’ll help you get in a solid workout in just 20 to 30 minutes a day. You can do them at home or at work, ensuring you can get your workout!
“I’m okay the way I am”
Of course you are! You are a beautiful person, but you’re not working out for reasons of vanity. Exercise is an important part of living a long, healthy life, and you NEED to exercise to avoid health problems. Don’t do it for the way you look in the mirror, but do it for your body’s sake.
“Exercise is so boring!”
This much can be true. If you do the same boring workouts day in and day out, there’s no doubt that exercise can become stale and uninteresting. On the flip side, working out can be AMAZINGLY enjoyable if you find ways to spice it up, such as listening to music or audiobooks, watching TV or movies while on the treadmill, taking fun classes, and doing a variety of workouts. Exercise is only as boring as you make it.
“I’m too lazy”
The fact that you are hiding behind this excuse means that you NEED to spend more time working out. Exercise is one of the best things to combat lethargy in EVERY area of your life. After a few weeks of doing exercise every day, you’ll find yourself more motivated to do a lot more with your time.
“I’m just too tired”
This is a problem for many people, but often one that can be solved by doing exercise. When you are unaccustomed to physical exertion, even minimal energy use can leave you tired and drained. You need to do more exercise, as that will help your body to produce more energy. The more energy you use, the more energy your body has available. You’ll find that you are far less tired every day thanks to the fact that you do exercise!