Thanks to the long hours at work, the commute, and traveling, you never have time to stick to an exercise routine. And even if you had more time, it’s tough to stay motivated to workout after a stressful day. Did you know that “I don’t have time” is the number one excuse among working professionals for not working out? It’s a good excuse, but it’s still an excuse.
Remember the old saying about excuses? No, not that one. The one Ben Franklin said… “He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.” Ouch. But the fact is we all make excuses for something, especially for not exercising.
It depends on who you ask, but CDC research suggest that nearly 80% of American adults don’t get recommended exercise. That means 260 million of us are making excuses every time we should be exercising (3-4 times a week). Now, you might be saying, “but I’m not like everyone else. I’m a busy professional and I … (insert lame excuse here).
To be fair, the numbers look better for working professionals. It’s about 45% who don’t exercise enough. But, that’s still 145 million working professionals who are getting fatter, losing muscle strength, and letting themselves go, as they say. Here’s a list of the top 10 excuses you have for not working out.
Number 10: “I hate it.” Well, at least you’re honest, and this may be the least lame excuse of all. It’s also maybe the easiest to overcome. First, try different things. It could be it’s just the routine you hate. There are tons of fun exercise apps, fitness related video games, TV channels devoted to fitness and opportunities at home to just exercise during your daily routine, like when you’re watching television or surfing the Internet.
Number 9: “I’m too tired.” Wow, talk about a self-defeating excuse. Exercising is the one thing that will GIVE you more energy. Just try it. If you start out slowly and do brief exercises throughout the day (push-ups, squats, or just tightening your stomach muscles), you will feel more energy because your metabolic rate will increase. Also, cut out the high-carb snacks if you’re feel tired all the time.
Number 8: “It’s not a priority.” Okay, we all have things to do, kids to haul around, houses to clean, video games, lawns to mow (at least that’s exercise), and everything else that compete for our time. Whatever it is you’re doing, you can turn it into an exercise routine. Just don’t sit down all the time.
Number 7: “I start but can’t commit.” Sounds like you’re emotionally unavailable. You don’t have to fall in love with it! If you start something, just 3 or 4 days a week, and stick with it for one month, you will start to develop a habit. Your problem now is that you quit too soon. Give it more time to set in.
Number 6: “I don’t see results fast enough.” Spoken like a true Millennial. Stop whining already! You want to see results? First, define the results you want. Weight loss? Increased strength? Try combining a better diet (less calories, carbs, and sugar) with a simple exercise routine. You will step on a scale and see results in just a few days. In just a couple of weeks, you will be able to do a routine and not be as winded. Measure your results too.
Number 5: “It’s too overwhelming.” It’s like going to a work-related networking meet/greet. It’s the last place you want to be, right? But in a few minutes, you start chatting with someone, and suddenly you’re having fun. Even if you’ve never exercised, you can do it. Start out slowly. Take a quick walk. Do some squats while watching television. Stretch for five minutes. Just get your heart rate up for a little while. As you increase your confidence, you will increase your exercise routine.
Number 4: “The gym is inconvenient and expensive.” This is the second lamest excuse on the list. Say to yourself… “I don’t need a gym.” You really don’t. About 1 in 4 people who exercise regularly have gym memberships and 67% of these people never use their memberships.
Number 3: “I’m too out of shape.” Unless you have a significant, debilitating medical condition, this isn’t an excuse at all. Again, start out slowly with small, attainable goals. It might be to just walk up a flight of stairs without being tired out. Some exercise programs can be done sitting down or even lying down. To be clear, you should consult your physician before starting any exercise program.
Number 2: “I don’t know how to exercise.” You know how to walk, do jumping jacks, climb stairs, and do push-ups, right? Okay, you know how to exercise. And a simple online search will give you dozens of exercises you can do at home with no equipment.
Number 1: “I don’t have time.” This is far and away the number one excuse working professionals have for not exercising. It’s valid, but it’s still an excuse. Make time. How? Get up 30 minutes earlier and schedule exercise into your day. Take the stairs. Walk through the airport. Park farther away from the entrance of wherever it is you’re going. It’s all about getting started, sticking with it for a few weeks, and that’s all there is to it.
The bottom line is that there are all kinds of excuses, and none of them are worth sacrificing your physical and mental health for. Your job stresses you out enough. Exercise is going to help you relax, get focused, and be more productive, but you have to get up and get started.
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The Activ5 device is portable, so you can squeeze in short, full-body, low-impact workouts throughout your day. You can exercise efficiently and effectively simply at your desk, at lunch, in your car, or while traveling. You can get in an intense workout sitting on your sofa!
No more excuses. Do it for yourself and the ones you love!