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What's Your Excuse? How to Make Exercise a Habit

By Genevieve Cunningham

Exercise is important, but most people already know this. It's not like this is new information. We've been told about the benefits of exercise in our lives for years and years. And yet, even with this knowledge readily available, so many of us completely skip the exercise routine. Why? Excuses! We make excuses for why we can't possibly make it to the gym or go for a run. Unfortunately, these excuses are sometimes valid -- but they're not usually as deal breaking as we say. If you're guilty of making excuses and skipping exercise, take a look at these tips for breaking the excuse and making movement a habit in your life.

The Excuse: I Don't Have Time

In our busy world, we never have enough time. And when it comes to exercise, it's often the first excuse we go to. But is it really true? Or are we failing to make the time? Most of the time, it's the latter. If this is a common excuse for you, consider cutting back on extracurricular activities, scheduling your workout like a meeting, and keeping your workout bag packed and in your car so that you can work out in a moment's notice. 

The Excuse: I Don't Have the Money

This is a legitimate excuse for some people. Being strapped for cash is common. Luckily, this is not an excuse that has to keep you from a good exercise routine. All you need is a space to move and some shoes. If you can't join a gym, find an online workout routine. Take a walk around the block -- it's free! Try calisthenics in your living room. There are so many ways to work out that don't include money. Pick one and get moving. 

The Excuse: I Don't Have Energy

Along with lacking time, most people lack energy. We don't sleep well, we're too stressed, and we lose energy faster than we can recuperate. If this is a problem for you, you have to prioritize a few things in your life: sleep, a healthy diet, and rest. Stop staying up late. Stop eating junk all day. Stop skipping rest after work. As you take better care of your body, you can gain back some energy and may have a bit more room in your life for regular exercise.

Excuses are a common part of life -- especially when it comes to exercise. But making excuses won't get you closer to your goals. If these excuses sound a bit too familiar, use the above tips to get your excuses under control and your workout schedule and health moving down the right track. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in West Covina, Calif.

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