Do you spend your life making fitness resolutions you never fulfill? Are you forever saying that you’ll join the gym or sign up for exercise classes next week? If you’re a self-confessed couch potato, you could be putting your health at risk. Here are some solutions to the most common excuses, and some reasons why it’s important to get active now.
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Common excuses for avoiding exercise
I don’t have time
This is the most common reason people give for not exercising on a regular basis. Most of us have hectic schedules. But the reality is that we find time to do other things. If you really wanted to, you could probably find time to squeeze a workout in at least a few times per week. If you do have a very busy job, or you have childcare commitments, there are solutions. Creating a home gym is a great idea. If you have a treadmill or an elliptical machine at home, you can workout whenever you’ve got a spare half hour or so. You could also try home workouts by buying DVDs or following online tutorials and video clips. If you’re interested in setting up a home gym, click here to find recommendations.
I’m too tired
Sometimes, you have days when all you want to do is curl up on the sofa after a busy day at work. But you can’t make the excuse that you’re tired every day. You may feel like a workout is the last thing you want to do when you’re tired. But exercising actually provides you with an energy boost. It can also help to reduce the risk of sleep troubles. If you’re tired during the day because of disturbed nights, exercise could be just the tonic you need. If your motivation levels are low, try and soldier on and make yourself get up off the couch. You won’t regret it when you’re feeling great afterwards.
I’m embarrassed around other people
Not all of us like to strut our stuff at the local gym. If you’re conscious about working out around others, this doesn’t mean that it’s impossible to exercise. Work out at home, or avoid peak times. Go to the gym first thing in the morning. Or take a friend with you for moral support.
Incentives to get active
Most people associate exercising with losing weight. But this is not the main reason why you should try and be more active. Exercise can help you to shed unwanted pounds, but it has many other benefits. Physical activity increases your stamina and strength. It boosts your circulation and reduces the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes. If you work out regularly, you also have a lower risk of depression.
If you’re always putting off exercise, it’s time to make some changes. The initial push is often all you need to get going. Once you get used to exercising, you’ll probably find that you love it. Join a gym, buy some equipment for home or sign up for a local team. Get out and about, set yourself targets, and keep at it. You’ll notice incredible differences within days.