No More Exercise Excuses

I am the Queen of making excuses not to exercise. I convince myself daily on why it is impossible for me to get my body moving, but lately I’ve worked out I am only cheating myself. By not exercising, I have put on a lot of weight, I feel sluggish, unhealthy and my jeans can barely do up. The only person I am lying to – is me.

I’ve decided to start challenging my own excuses and get healthier. With three small children it’s vital for, not only them, but also me, to have the stamina to live a long and happy life. And I really want to fit back into my jeans again.

Here are some of the biggest exercise excuses and why they don’t mean a thing.

I don’t have the time
This is probably the most used exercise excuse. And it’s just that – an excuse. Even the busiest person should be able to find 30 minutes a day to exercise. Or if you can’t find a block of time, then break it up into 10-minute lots. You can do exercises while you work, if you have to. Or take the kids to the park and do some circuit training. Get up half an hour earlier and go for a walk. Do sit-ups while you watch the news. I bet you make time for other important things in your day. You need to change your attitude towards health and fitness, it’s important to, so make the time to exercise.

I am too tired
You are most probably tired because you haven’t been exercising and eating right. Your body feels more active, the more active you are. Start with small amounts of exercise and then gradually increase it. Make sure you drink lots of water, cut down on coffee, alcohol and fatty foods. Get a good night’s sleep. Cut back on your workload and out-of-hours commitments and get moving. The more you move your body, the better you’ll feel. You’ll be surprised at how much energy you get as a result.

I don’t have the money
You don’t need a gym membership or fancy gym gear to exercise. All you need is motivation, some comfy shoes and your imagination. Going for a walk, jumping on your kid’s trampoline, simple stretches and exercises are free. You can use your kitchen chairs to do tricep dips, cans of tomatoes for weights, your front step for step-ups and your wall to push against. You can borrow workout dvds from the library and research exercise routines online. See, exercise can be free.

I have an injury
Some injuries will of course make it impossible to exercise, but on the whole there are different exercises for different parts of your body. If you have a sore ankle, it doesn’t mean you’re restricted from doing arm exercises. The same applies if you have a sore arm, you can still walk. For people with injuries, swimming is often the best and only exercise option. If you can get to a pool, give it a go. It is very gentle on the body. Even just some gentle stretching, some meditation and slow, short walks will do wonders for your mind and body.

I have kids
How about doing push-ups, sit-ups , squats and leg lifts while the kids are watching Playschool on television? When your kids are napping or at school or eating dinner, then grab the time to exercise. Or push them in the pram for a long walk, stopping for an icecream on the way, or if they are older go for a bike ride together. Teaching your kids that exercise can be fun will set them up for life.

There are so many different ways to exercise. You just need to discover what works best for you. Remember when you make an excuse about not exercising the only person you’re cheating is yourself. Just start with a little bit of exercise each week and then increase it slowly. Make it part of your regular routine and soon you’ll find you’ll miss it if you don’t exercise.  No excuses.

What’s the silliest excuse you’ve made about why you can’t exercise?