- I'm too tired. Physical activity is often associated with exhaustion. However, being physically active actually releases endorphins into your body, leaving you feeling energized. Instead of focusing on how tired you feel before you exercise, focus instead on the energized feeling you will get after your workout.
- It's too hot/cold. Have a backup plan ready for those days when the weather isn't cooperating. This might mean that you need to broaden your exercise regimen to incorporate activities that can be moved indoors, like Pilates or yoga. Many times fitness programs like these even have DVDs and videos that you can watch and follow along at home.
- I hate going to the gym. You don't have to go to a gym to get exercise. Find an activity you love and incorporate it into your exercise regimen. For example, if you love music, why not join a dance or cycle class set to music? Or if you enjoy reading, why not get some audio books and listen while you take a walk?
- I can never follow through. Changing habits is always difficult. The key to making your lifestyle more active is to set small attainable goals for yourself. Don't try to run for an hour on your first go, build up to it. By breaking up your exercise goals into small manageable pieces you will make exercising easier on yourself and more manageable in the long run.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Top 5 Exercise Excuses and How You Can Avoid Them
We've all heard of the benefits that come from exercising regularly. People who are physically active are healthier, feel happier and have more energy. But when it comes to getting out there and exercising, many of us have a long list of excuses for why we shouldn't. How can you conquer your excuses and get moving? Here are five of the most common excuses and ways to beat them.