Exercise Excuses and How to Stop Them
By Brandi Goodman
Exercise is something everyone should be doing, yet so few people actually make the time for. It can be easy to find an excuse and not get that workout done. No matter the excuse you have, you need to find out how to combat it so you can get in the physical activity you need to stay healthy.
Your Excuse: You're Too Tired
If exhaustion is your excuse, get up and move! Exercise actually provides your mind and body with energy. You may feel extremely fatigued in the beginning, but over time your workouts will pay off with more energy and less feeling of being too tired to move.
Your Excuse: You Have to Work
The workday doesn't have to stop your workout vibe. Wake up earlier and get in a good workout before you head into the office. Do a night time workout after your job duties are finished. You can even use your lunch break to get some exercise in. Something as simple as taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or parking your car farther away from the door, can even be enough physical activity to get you through the day.
Your Excuse: The Kids Won't Let You
Sure, it can be hard to exercise when you have a baby crying every time you attempt to try a new move. You can include baby in your workout, though. Don't stop what you're doing to tend to your little one. Include your little one in your routine instead. You can do lifts with baby, or have your toddler copy the moves you're doing so they can learn about the importance of exercise as well. You can even get outside and play with your kids as a way to add exercise to both of your days.
Your Excuse: You Don't Want to Miss Your Favorite Show
Lots of people choose television as their leisure time activity. Many don't want to miss the new episodes of their favorite shows. No one said you had to sit to watch a show, though, did they? Put the treadmill in front of the TV and watch your show while you work out. If you don't have equipment, you can simply stand in front of the television and step in place. Even if you want to sit, you can still get up during commercial breaks to do some stretches or do a small workout every time an episode finishes. There's plenty of ways to add in physical activity to your binge-watching habits.
Stop these exercise excuses and get to work! You need regular physical activity if you have any hope of maintaining your well-being. The body and mind both need exercise to thrive. Quit the excuses and start making the time and effort to improve your health.
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