How many times have you asked a buddy to work out with you, only to get shot down by their excuses? Here are 10 commonly used excuses, with rebuttals. Hopefully after a little more persuasion, you can get their a$$ in the gym!
“I don’t have time for exercise.”
If we have 24 hours in a day, and 8 of those go to sleep, another 8 go to work; another 3 for eating/preparing for work, then you are left with 5 hours of free time. You only need 45 minutes a day 5 days a week to exercise. Try waking up an hour early to get your workout in, you will feel better and more energized throughout the day. It is even possible to fit in a good workout during your lunch hour!
“I don’t know how to exercise.”
The internet is full of free information, including over 100 exercise videos on the VIVO 360° YouTube Channel. If you don't want to do your research, there are personal trainers out there who teach people how to exercise for a living.
“Exercising is too inconvenient.”
You don't need a gym membership to workout. You can utilize the space you have at home, go for a jog around your block, or even go online and have one of those workout videos shipped straight to your door, pop the DVD in the player and exercise away!
“I am not fit enough to exercise.”
Isn't this why you are exercising in the first place, to get into shape? You have to start somewhere!
“Exercising is painful.”
You are going to feel some discomfort while exercising. Once you build up your endurance, exercise will get easier and physical soreness will diminish. The sense of accomplishment from working out will be reward enough to push through the mild discomfort.
“I get enough exercise at work.”
Unless you do a lot heavy lifting, this probably isn't the case. Typing on a computer all day is NOT considered enough exercise!
“Exercising is too expensive.”
As stated above, you do not need a gym membership to exercise. Take a jog around the block, grab a few cans of vegetables and use them as dumbbells, find a stairwell and climb them, utilize your home resources, be creative!
“Exercising is too physically demanding.”
Start small, work your way up the exercise ladder! Do only what your body can tolerate until you build up your tolerance. You will be amazed at what you were able to accomplish if you just stick to it!
“I am too old to exercise.”
You are never too old to exercise. In fact, exercise is considered the modern fountain of youth, it keeps you young.
“I don’t believe in exercising.”
You are just going to have to get over this one. There are so many positive outcomes of regular exercise. Decrease your risk for obesity, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, cancer, high cholesterol, diabetes, improved mood and self image, decreased fat mass, increased lean body mass, the list goes on and on. Not to mention, you will look great and be full of energy to enjoy life!
So, the next time a friend or co-worker tries to give you one of these excuses, send them this blog and tell them to meet you at the gym, NO EXCUSES!