But this post isn't about nutrition, it's about the other 50% that makes for a healthy body, and that's FITNESS. Exercise is one of those things that I find people either love or hate. Years ago, I was one of those people who hated it, and as a hater, I had all the typical excuses. Now as a a lover of exercise I know that those excuses were just that, "EXCUSES", which fail to really be valid reasons for not exercising. Regular exercise is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle, it's not only a key ingredient in weight loss but also helps many of the body’s systems function better. It’s time to take some of your most common reasons not to exercise, and transform them into renewed fitness motivation! I've compiled a list of the top 10 exercise excuses and busted them! Check it out!
Top 10 Exercise Excuses
Excuse No. 3: 'I'm in Too Much Pain.'Granted, you won’t feel like working out if your muscles are sore or you suffer from joint pain or arthritis, but when done right, exercise can actually help you manage your pain better. In one recent study, yoga was found to improve symptoms of back pain more than traditional treatment methods, plus, exercise will strengthen the muscles that support your joints, and keep your bones strong and healthy. Low-impact routines such as water aerobics are particularly effective for arthritis because they won’t stress your joints.
Excuse No. 4: 'Joining the Gym Costs Too Much.'Gym memberships can get pricey, and any amount is too much if you don’t use your membership. But cost shouldn’t be an excuse for not working out. One of the best free things you can do is start a walking routine. You can walk anywhere! And the only cost is a comfortable pair of shoes. Studies show that walking can help with weight loss, which can help ward off diabetes. If walking doesn’t excite you, you can do many other free exercises, like biking, dancing, or even gardening or vacuuming. You can also invest in a few simple pieces of at-home exercise equipment and follow workout DVDs or routines you can download from the Internet for free.
Excuse No. 5: 'I'm Too Fat to Exercise.'If you dread going to the gym because you’re afraid other people will stare, choose a different place to exercise, at least until you’ve had some weight loss success. And when you combine exercise with a healthy, low-calorie diet, you will see some success. Weight loss is a matter of fewer calories in (eaten) than calories out (burned), and exercise is an important part of the equation. Also, get over worrying about what you look like in gym clothes. You will feel so much better about yourself after you exercise for a few weeks that you will look forward to getting ready for the gym and heading there.
Excuse No. 6: 'I'm Not Coordinated Enough.'You don’t have to be a superathlete to exercise. Maybe tennis isn’t for you if you’re afraid of the balls coming at your head, and you might be too short to dunk a basketball, no matter how hard you try. The key is finding an exercise you enjoy and that matches your skill level. At first, resist the urge to compare yourself to others, and focus just on the improvements you can see and feel yourself making. Once you start to exercise regularly, you’ll be amazed at what you’re capable of.
Excuse No. 8: 'I'll Mess My Hair.'Many women (and some men) who spend a lot of time and money to perfectly coif their hair can be a bit hesitant to mess up their ‘do with a sweaty workout. So much so that the current U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin told listeners at a trade show that they should stop letting their hair get in the way of their health. If you’re worried about your hair, apply a little extra hair spray before you head out for a run or wear a headband to soak up sweat from your forehead. Another option is to keep dry shampoo and a blow-dryer in your gym bag so you can touch up your hair after working out. And at the end of the day, you have to ask yourself this question: Is not having "bad hair" worth more than your health? Answer: NO WAY!
Excuse No. 9: 'I Partied Too Much Last Night.'Well, my first piece of advice to you would be to drink so much where you are getting drunk and hung over (drinking that much isn't good for your body or mind). But since I'm not your mother, I'll say I realize when you’re hung over that it’s tempting to stay in bed all day drinking water, but a simple hang over is not a good excuse for failing to exercise. In fact, a little exercise can be just thing to help you feel better: working out will get blood flowing to your muscles and oxygen to your brain. Just be sure to drink extra fluids, he adds. Alcohol is a diuretic and can cause you to urinate more, so drink water to avoid becoming dehydrated.
So... did I cover 'em? All the excuses we've all used from time to time to get out of our workout? I think so. As you can now see, there's really no excuse. And with all of the benefits that you get out of working out, some that can actually relieve any of the excuses you have for not wanting to workout, why even fight it? JUST DO IT! :)