There’s an excuse for everything. “My dog ate my homework,” “I didn’t get the email or text,” or “I’m sorry I was running late.” And then there’s always the classic line you can use to absolve yourself of all responsibility in nearly any circumstance, “I didn’t know anything about that, it’s not my fault.”
Lame reasons for not turning in your homework might buy a kid some time at school. And you might even toss out a few lame reasons for showing up late to work and get away with it. But deep down, you know you’re not fooling anyone, and every lame reason you come up with to wiggle your way out of real work only digs a deeper hole that you’ll have to climb out of sooner or later. And when it comes to exercise, a lot of people have mastered the art of coming up with lame reasons to avoid exercise.
What’s Your Excuse?
In fact, in a recent survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 80 percent of all American adults said they don’t get the minimum amount of recommended exercise a week. (In case you “didn’t know”… the average adult should get at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on most days, according to the American College of Sports Medicine.)
Lack of exercise is a serious problem, because it’s puts you at risk for gaining weight. If you are overweight or obese, you’re at much greater risk for chronic disease like heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and even certain types of cancer. And despite those warnings being repeated millions of times, people still make excuses for why they avoid exercise. If you’re currently using any one of these 5 Lame Reasons You Avoid Exercise, take it as a slap to the face and get off your butt. You’ll be healthier, happier, and live longer.
Lame Reason 1 – I Don’t Have Time
Oh really? So how about all those hours you spent watching TV, clicked through dozens of YouTube videos, or turned a quick trip to the store into an all-day shopping spree. TV is among the biggest time-wasters. Seriously, the average American watches 34 hours of TV a week, according to a recent Neilson Ratings report. And then there’s all the other countless hours focused on your digital device like you’re competing for a spot on the U.S. Olympic Finger-Swiping Team.
Make time to exercise. If you really want to be healthier, you can find time to exercise. Wake up 30 minutes earlier or make an appointment to workout. Schedule it just like you would a doctor’s appointment. Tell your family, friends, and co-workers what’s on your schedule for the day, and you can easily fit in time to exercise.
Lame Reason 2 – I’m Too Tired
Well, well, well. It’s sounds like the line your parents fed you about going to bed at a decent hour has finally come back to haunt you. If you’re staying up until the wee hours watching TV, spending time online, or deciding it’s time to reorganize your sock drawer, and then wake up early to get to work or school, of course you’re going to be tired. Top that off with a crappy diet that includes too much soda, fried and processed food, and sweets, and every day will feel like you’re dragging from sun-up to sundown.
Get adequate sleep and nutrition. Studies show most adults need 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night for best health, according to the National Sleep Institute. And adequate nutrition from healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, whole grains, and drinking water are critical to providing you with energy. Go to bed a little earlier and improve your diet. You’ll shake off that tired feeling that’s been following you around and feel good enough to get to the gym or go for a walk.
Lame Reason 3 – I Don’t Know What To Do
On the surface, this is such a lame excuse, because you’ve probably been walking since you were about 1 years old. Walking is a very simple and effective form of exercise. And most people can walk out their front door or take a break from the office and go for a short walk. But this excuse does have some merit for other types of exercise. Go to the gym, and you might find yourself overwhelmed by all the machines, free weights, and ultra-fit people working out. Still, “I don’t know what to do” is a pretty lame reason to avoid exercise.”
Find a resource or ask an expert. You can read a fitness book, download a workout app, ask one of those ultra-fit people for advice, sign-up for a fitness class to learn the basics, watch one of thousands of online videos about how to exercise, or hire a personal trainer.
Lame Reason 4 – It’s Too Expensive
The economy hasn’t been exactly friendly to a lot of people over the last few years. But skipping out on exercise because of the cost is another lame-o excuse you’ve got to kick to the curb. Seriously, if money is tight, you just need to think outside the gym. Go for a walk, jog or run. Do push-ups, jumping jacks, curl-ups, or pull-ups. Or dig out your stationary bike or treadmill that you’ve been using as a clothes hanger and log some miles.
Free is a very good price. If you’re really set on exercising at a gym, it’s probably within your budget. In a recent study by the fitness trade journal, Club Industry, researchers found that the average cost of an individual gym membership is $55 a month. Shop around, and you can probably find a gym membership for less than that. And before you get all depressed about having enough money for a gym membership, how much do you spend every month on lattes and going out to eat? There are a lot of ways to exercise that are completely free, and even a gym membership can be affordable.
Lame Reason 5 – I Don’t Like It
In the Club Industry study, researchers found that 67 percent of the estimated 45.5 million people in the U.S. with a gym membership never go back to the gym after paying their first monthly dues. And it’s entirely conceivable that if someone showed up to the gym, tried out a couple machines and found it boring, might not come back. But it’s a lame reason to skip out on exercise.
Find a form of exercise you enjoy. You can get fit, lose weight, and improve your health by exercising, and there are hundreds of different ways you can do that. Lift weights, do aerobics, go rock climbing, work in the yard, go for a walk, ride your bike. Find some type of exercise you enjoy, and make that a regular part of your life.