Be Stronger Than Your Excuses

Okay, folks summer is only a couple of months away making this the perfect time to cement that exercise routine you can maintain for life.  Okay, I know what you’re saying, my life is just too busy to fit one more thing into my already insane schedule. I get it, real life often intrudes on our best intentions and before you know it one skipped workout turns into two, and three…and you’ve dropped your new routine entirely.  Here are some of the excuses we all use to avoid exercising, and why they won’t fly. Forewarned is forearmed: Don’t dare use them!

I’m too busy.
This is by far the most common excuse.  Yes, schedules are busy…but if something is a priority, (the finale of This Is Us, for example), you’ll make time for it.  Try scheduling it into your calendar the same way you plan meetings and other commitments.

I hate doing it alone.
You don’t have to.  Join a group workout class, you’ll meet many like-minded people who could become lifelong friends.

It’s so boring.
The best way to avoid being bored is to find an activity that doesn’t bore you.  Don’t like to run? Don’t do it. Bike, box, row, dance, or whatever floats your boat.

I’m busy with my kids.
Work around your kids’ schedule as best you can.  Ask for help. If you make exercise your priority it will be easy seeking help from others for your kids.

I’m out of shape and overweight.
If you haven’t been at it for a long time then simply start gradually.  You’ll be amazed how fast your stamina increases. Remember that exercising is not a free pass to eat more.  It’s a balance between what you take in and what you burn off.

I’m feeling under the weather.
Exercising with a cold may be okay, but if you’ve got a fever, hitting the gym is a definite no-no.  The rule of thumb for exercising when sick – do what you can do, and if you can’t do it, then don’t. Truth is most people who are fit tend to feel worse if they stop their exercise, but if you can’t lift your head off the pillow stay in bed.