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Three Most Used Excuses for Not Exercising

No excuses being made with this fit group of Big Island Marathon participants

Ah, exercise – that thing we’re all supposed to be doing for at least 30 minutes a day at moderate intensity on most days of the week. And for good reason; consistent exercise is associated with reduced risks of – well, just about every health condition you can imagine. Not to mention the proven psychological and wellness benefits linked to exercise, including stress relief. So, here are three of the more common excuses for not exercising; make sure you’re not using any of these and are instead finding three (or more) reasons TO exercise:

No Time. The number-one excuse people use for not exercising is lack of time. While our hectic lives certainly complicate matters, the reality is that if you want to make it work, you’ll make it work. For the most part, people who make it to the gym regularly aren’t doing it because they’ve got “free time”; they’ve made a commitment to their health and are doing something about it.

No Experience. OK, you’ve never really worked out before, so you don’t know where to start – what exercises should I do, how much weight should I lift, what if I don’t know how to use the treadmill? All legitimate concerns, but remember: You’ve got to start somewhere. Do some research, get a few lessons from a trainer, or recruit a knowledgeable friend, and in no time you’ll be the expert.

No Results. You’re working out, feeling good, seeing the pounds drop and the fat melt away; and then it all seems to come to a screeching halt. The scale doesn’t move anymore and somehow, the mirror reflects the same image day after day, no matter how much you exercise. Instead of quitting, mix up your workout routine and shock your body back into the fat-burning, muscle-toning groove.

April 9, 2010 Posted by | Health and Fitness | | Leave a comment