No Excuses, Let’s Get Moving
Here’s a scenario many of us can relate to. The clock strikes midnight on 31 December, and you decide that this is the year you’re going to be more active.
So you set up an exercise routine and get moving. But after a while, you grow tired of your new endeavour and decide to call it quits. We can’t predict how long it took for you to throw in the towel, but we can guess why you made that choice.
Here’s a list of common excuses for not exercising, as well as ways to overcome these hurdles:
There’s Not Enough Time
One of the biggest misconceptions about exercise is that it’s only effective when it’s done in one long interval. This couldn’t be further from the truth. If you’d like to exercise for 30 minutes every day but your schedule won’t let you do so, then break up your exercise into chunks. Try 10 minutes of exercise in the morning, another 10 at lunch, and one more 10-minute session at the end of the day.
I Don’t Have the Stamina
Marathon runners weren’t born with the ability to run long distances. If you haven’t hit the gym in a while, ease your way back into your routine with light exercise. As time goes on, your ability to withstand physical strain will grow, allowing you to increase the length and intensity of your workouts.
It’s too Expensive
Fair enough: a gym membership can burn a hole in your pocket. But gyms aren’t the only place to get your daily dose of physical activity. The growing popularity of exercise videos is the best solution to this problem. Head to your favourite social media platform and follow a fitness influencer. The videos they post are likely to go toe-to-toe with anything offered at high-end gym franchises.
You Don’t Have the Energy
When you’ve spent a large part of your day in the office, your energy levels feel like they’re on zero. But exercise is the solution, not the problem. Exercise boosts your energy levels by delivering oxygen and nutrients to body tissue. It also improves your heart and lung health, which in turn gives you more energy. See why you shouldn’t underestimate the power of a healthy heart?
I Don’t Need to Lose Weight
Exercise does more than help you fit into your favourite pair of jeans. It reduces your risk of heart disease, helps your body regulate blood sugar and insulin levels, and improves your sleep patterns. So even if you have no desire to drop a size or two, many other benefits make exercise a necessity.
No one can deny the amount of good that exercise does. But it’s just half of the work needed to lead a healthy lifestyle. The unfortunate truth is that no amount of physical activity will counter the effects of a bad diet. So, while you bulldoze over the barriers to regular exercise, don’t forget to cook balanced meals such as a tasty seafood paella and other healthy dishes.