There are legitimate times when you can’t/shouldn’t work out, but if you routinely use any of these excuses, you need to sack up (ladies included) and get working. Your excuse is invalid.
1. I don’t have enough time
This is the ultimate BS excuse of all the BS excuses. Of course you don’t have time to workout. Do you know why? Because you don’t make the time. You do, however, make the time for Words With Friends (I can’t blame you, it’s addictive!), catching-up with people you don’t care about on Facebook, watching American Idol, and anything else that involves sitting on your ass, stuffing your face, and being lazy. The recommended weekly guidelines for exercise are 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity. Look yourself in the mirror, or look your kids in the eye, and tell them you don’t have the time to be healthy. At the end of the day, we make time for what’s important to us.
2. I’m too tired
Working out actually gives you more energy. Yes, you will and should feel tired immediately after your workout but that’s a good thing. Not working out is why you’re always tired, why you don’t have the energy to play with your kids, and why you play fetch with the dog from your couch.
3. I don’t know what I’m doing
Here’s a secret … no one knows what they’re doing when they try something new. That goes for everything from working out to knitting (I’ve never knitted and I have no problem admitting I don’t know the first thing about it). There are plenty of resources available to help you get started. If you’re reading this, you have access to the internet; nothing more needs to be said.
4. I don’t have the money
This is probably the second biggest BS excuse people use. You have the money to eat out a couple of times a week. You have the money for an Xbox or a Playstation. You have the money, you’re just wasting it. For the people who really don’t have the money, bodyweight exercises cost you nothing. You know what else costs nothing? Going for a run. You should try it sometime.
5. I’m too big/too out of shape/too old
It’s never too late to start (death being the exception). You’re never too any of those things to start taking care of yourself. Anyone starting a program should start slowly and build. Following that advice, your excuse is invalid.
What’s your excuse today?