In the spring of 2012 I started going for nightly 5k walks and joined Weight Watchers. I dropped 25 pounds and felt better about myself. What’s more is I didn’t make a single excuse why I couldn’t take an hour out of my day to devote to me. I didn’t find the time, I made the time and have done so every day since then.
In talking with people, heading challenge groups and myself included, I have heard every excuse in the book why someone can’t find time in their day to exercise. Everyone has the same 24 hours to work with every day. It’s how you decide to spend and prioritize your time that’s the real issue. It’s easy to make excuses and kid yourself about why you don’t have time to make your health a priority, but until you take responsibility for your actions (or lack thereof) you will remain in front of the television or wasting time playing Candy Crush on Facebook because you “don’t have the time”.
Of course there are legitimate reasons to not exercise. But unless you’ve just given birth or had surgery, most of these reasons aren’t reasons at all—they’re excuses. If you’ve been allowing these excuses to keep you from the gym, it’s time to refocus.
Excuse # 1: I’m too tired.
Want more energy? Exercise. No joke. Even something as simple as a walk around the block with get your blood pumping, and boost your energy level for up to TWO hours after! You will sleep better at night and wake up more rested.
Excuse # 2: I don’t have time.
My favourite. Don’t have time? Make time. I get up early to do a workout. It’s scheduled, it’s an appointment like any other, only instead of with the doctor it’s with me. And yes, I’m groggy but read Excuse #1, that grogginess only last about 5 minutes into my workout. Still not willing to get up and start your day with a workout? Eliminate 30 minutes of television or Facebook each night and exercise for half an hour instead. Record your favorite shows and watch them while lifting weights or running on the treadmill to multitask.
Excuse # 3: Kids
I know many mothers who find the time every single day to devote to themselves. Many get up early before everyone is awake. No disruptions, emergencies or parental distractions. How about getting them involved? Go biking with your kids, put up a badminton net in the yard, sign up as a family for “fun runs,” or just walk around the neighborhood with your children. When the weather’s bad, try active video games like Dance Dance Revolution, Wii Sport, and Wii Fit. Set a healthy example and a foundation for them to continue improving their health.
Excuse #4: Exercise is boring
You just haven’t found the right workout. Find something you LOVE, something you look forward to doing and mix it up! My soulmate workout is TurboFire, I love Chalene, I love the workouts, I love the natural high when my endorphins kick in. The music is fun, the instructor is motivating, I look forward to it. But I switch it up with other programs now to keep things interesting.
These are only a few of many, but trust me, for every excuse you can give I can give you just as many reasons why it’s simply that….an excuse. You either want it or you don’t.