I'm getting frustrated! Why do people consistently make excuses to NOT exercise?...
You're not doing it for the sake of it, because it's fashionable, or because you had some spare time to fill; it's for a better way of life, a healthier lifestyle, stronger heart and lungs, to reduce the risk of injury and illness and improve the way you look and feel - reason enough I think!!!
So WHY do people continue to make excuses (let's be honest, that's usually what they are) to not exercise!?!?.. A few favourites of mine...
"I'M TOO OLD"
Rubbish!!! You're body will become as immobile as you let it. When EVER anyone says this to me I tell them about Nanny Nicholls (a real person), 87 years old, dances 3 times per week, hearing is spot on, she's young at heart, very mobile and very independent. Because she keeps herself active! If you don't use it - you WILL lose it!
So you didn't do the same, it's NEVER too late to start. I'm not suggesting a marathon or Everest climb, but you can significantly improve health and well being at any age!
Just like when you go on holiday and leave your car standing for two weeks, it might not start again without a push, your body, if left alone and unused, will also need a hand starting up. It may make funny noises and not feel quite right but it can soon be a regularly used and reliable runner!
"I HAVE AN INJURY" Worse yet - "I HAVE BACK PROBLEMS"
These back problems are probably caused by your weight! Think about it - what kind of strain is the weight around your front going to be putting on your poor back - it's time to shift it!
As for injuries, granted, some will make it unrealistic to exercise heavily, but.. I've seen people in a gym before on crutches! If you REALLY want to, there is usually ALWAYS a way to get in some exercise!
"I DON'T HAVE TIME WITH WORK"
Work will ALWAYS be there. but unless you don't do something about your health, you might not be!! Stay fit and work becomes less of a strain! Simple as that!
"I DON'T NEED TO EXERCISE - I'M NOT FAT"
I don't give a ****! You're walking round with a Ferrari chassis and a Ford Fiesta engine! Just because you're body looks OK, it doesn't mean it's not crying out inside with all the crap fuel you throw into it. No one has a perfect body (internally OR externally) so you can always improve; whether it's the way you look, muscle tone, waist line etc or the strength of your heart and lungs, you need to do something!
"I'M TOO UNFIT!"
This is ridiculous! EVERYONE has their first gym visit, but if you make it a habit you'll soon be up to speed with the rest of them. Maybe avoid spin classes if you've done no exercise for the past 5 years but there's absolutely no reason why you can't have a regular gym program! Seek the help of a fitness professional - I bet they'd be more than happy to lend a hand.
If I hear "I'M TOO UNFIT FOR PERSONAL TRAINING" one more time, I think I'll cry! That's WHY you have it - to help improve your fitness. It's not a one size fits all package, the trainer is there to asses your current fitness levels and improve them. How can you be too unfit for that?...
"GYMS ARE BORING!"
Gyms ARE boring, but then so is your workplace and you spend enough time there! A gym is as interesting and fun as you make it. Talk to people, smile at people, take a friend, vary your program, try new exercises, try classes - there's PLENTY you can do to stop the gym being boring! We're WELL past the 80's style 30 mins treadmill and 30 mins rowing, bicep curls and home routines! Sample what's on offer.
"I DON'T WANT TO SPEND MY LIFE IN A GYM!"
.. Don't then!!!?... Come for a bit though, a few times a week maybe?.. You can get an AWESOME workout finished in 45 minutes or under; Classes rarely run for much longer than that too! Are you telling me you can't make 45 minutes free in your week a few times for the sake of a stronger heart and lungs, less chance of disease, a better physique and improved happiness in the way you look and feel?... Didn't think so!
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