I have talked about and its significant benefits in preventing serious illnesses such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes as well as benefitting our mental health.
However, at some point in time we have all been guilty of making an excuse not to exercise, but what could possibly be as important as putting our health first? If these excuses sound familiar then perhaps it’s time to stop making them and starting to exercise instead.
I don’t have time to exercise
This is probably the most common excuse – I’m too busy. I have work all day, I’m busy with the children taking them to school, picking them up from school, and taking them to sporting events, cooking dinner, helping with homework, there is little time for exercise, but we are as busy as we choose to be.
One of those excuses, if not all of them, is something even fitness professionals deal with on a regular basis. However, if you do not exercise, you will almost certainly begin experiencing the illness and disease that come from an inactive lifestyle.
Without incorporating exercise into our lifestyles, symptoms will start to present, and we will have to schedule a doctor’s appointment, drive to the appointment, wait to be seen, schedule possible additional tests at the hospital. If dealing with a chronic illness, this scenario could be played out month after month after month, into a vicious cycle.
There is no doubt we find time in our busy lives to attend to our medical issues. It’s not difficult to adjust our schedule and our lives to accommodate exercise. It is important we adjust our schedule to accommodate the prevention of illness. Being blunt about it, the truth is that if we don’t make time for exercise, we will have to make time for illness.
I don’t like to exercise
We tell ourselves we hate or don’t like exercise and as a result, we will always find an excuse not to exercise, but inviting illness in is worse. We talk ourselves into not wanting to exercise, we make excuses; we have no energy; we’re tired; I’ll start tomorrow; I have no money, I’ll join a gym when I get paid. We don’t always recognise our inner talk.
Unfortunately, ignoring exercise, we will run the risk of us having to make time, the more we continue to let our lifestyle decline by not exercising.
I don’t have any energy to exercise
It stands to reason the more unfit we are, the less energy we have. When we don’t have a lot of energy, the last thing we want to do is exercising. But as we begin to exercise, we will start to see a difference in our energy levels quickly.
Make the decision to stop the Excuses
Making the decision to stop hiding behind our excuses is something we can all do. By doing so, we are leading by example and setting ourselves up for a better and healthier lifestyle. It’s not easy changing habits, but with even regular moderate exercise we can benefit from having more energy, feeling strong and healthier, and feeling motivated.