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Stop Making Excuses and Start Prioritizing Exercise

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Sometimes, exercising is not fun or you have too many excuses to skip your workout routine for the day. It might be difficult to prioritize physical activity because it does take a lot of motivation. However, exercise will help you live a much healthier life, so you should try to ignore all the excuses.

Gyms can be intimidating.

When you walk into a gym, all the equipment and bodybuilders can cause your confidence to disappear. Gyms sometimes give the illusion that everyone else there knows what they are doing, while you are completely lost and clueless. Without the necessary confidence, you may not go back to the gym ever again. The best solution to this problem is to ask someone for help. Gyms usually have someone who can educate you and answer any questions that you might have about equipment and exercise techniques. Asking for help is not embarrassing when it is their job to help you. You can also do some of your own research.

You live too far away from a gym.

Physical activity definitely does not require you have a gym membership. If you hate going to the gym, you definitely do not have to attend one. Likewise, if you do not live close to any gym, you can still do plenty of workouts in the comfort of your own home. You can purchase plenty of your own workout equipment, including weights, a yoga mat, a jump rope, a bike, and even a treadmill if you can. You can also try out exercises that require no equipment at all like running, walking, jumping jacks, sit-ups, push-ups, planks, and crunches. Download exercise apps to replace a personal trainer and you should be good to go.

The weather is too bad to go for a run.

man preparing to run in the snowJust as you do not have to exercise in the gym, you also do not have to exercise outside. Plenty of people prefer running outdoors because it feels like you are making more progress. However, if the weather is too hot or too cold, then you might have to take your workout indoors for the day. Even light rain should make you reconsider going outside for a run because water can make you slip and injure yourself. Luckily, treadmills can give you the same workout or you can try finding an indoor track. Alternatively, you can skip running on some days and try different forms of exercise that you can do indoors.

Exercise is not a fun activity.

“Exercise” is a broad and vague term. Exercising can mean many different things, so the first thing you need to figure out is why you do not like to exercise. If you do not like to sweat, try exercising where there is air conditioning or try aquarobics or yoga. If you are insecure about your weight, start by exercising alone or with a supportive personal trainer. If you are simply not enjoying your workouts, then chances are high that you are not doing the right workouts.

People generally enjoy biking, swimming, and jumping rope, so you might want to try those out. Even sexual intercourse can count as exercise. Admittedly, most people hate cardio no matter what, but you can still find creative ways to try enjoying it. Try watching your favorite TV show while you run or pick a good music playlist that can motivate you to work harder. Some people even listen to books or podcasts during workouts.

Your schedule is too busy.

Having a busy schedule is a legitimate excuse because most experts would not recommend sacrificing too much sleep for exercise. However, the truth is you probably have more free time than you think. It might be sad to give up on your precious free time, but you can try doing something including sit-ups when you watch TV. You should also ditch the car or public transportation whenever you can. Try walking or biking to work if you have the time. Maybe you live too far from work to walk or bike, but work is definitely not the only place you have to go.

If your kids are keeping you too busy for exercise, then take the kids with you. Go for a walk or bike ride with them, play sport with them, jump rope while you watch them play in the playground, run around the soccer field during their game, or try Wii Fit with them. If you really find that you do not have time for exercise, then find times to take a sixty-second break from your work to do some jumping jacks or do ten push-ups before bed. Even a tiny bit of physical activity can make a difference.

Exercise has been unsuccessful for you before.

running shoes no excusesMaybe you used to have a workout routine, but you found that you failed to make any progress. Your problem was probably that you did not set realistic goals for yourself. Your goals can be extremely simple ones. For example, your goal can be to exercise three times a week, which means that all you have to do is exercise for the sake of exercising. Do not worry about losing weight. Do not worry about looking good in the mirror. The idea of exercising is not to look better. Rather, physical activity serves to make you feel healthier. You can also share your progress with friends and family and take advantage of any encouragement that they might give you. A personal trainer can also help to encourage you.

You feel too tired.

Feeling tired is probably the worst excuse not to exercise because physical activity can wake you up. By getting your heart pumping and your adrenaline rushing, you can effectively combat fatigue. Physical activity also requires a diet of carbohydrates or proteins that will give you an energy boost. If your lack of energy has less to do with physical fatigue and more to do with emotional exhaustion or laziness, then physical activity can help you with that as well. When you exercise, you release endorphins into your body. Endorphins are hormones that can pump you up and make you feel happier.

Working out is not supposed to be the easiest thing in the world and it requires you to push yourself in ways that might make you hesitant. However, the reality is everyone is capable of spending some time engaging in physical activity. Whether you have hours of free time or only one minute, you probably can do some sort of workout.

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