Get rid of excuses!
The following is a list of the most common excuses we hear from folks and why they are no excuses….
Excuse # 1. I don’t have time to exercise:
There is no disputing the schedules can be tight, however with a little determination even the busiest person can find time to exercise. Whether its early in the morning before your day starts, or squeezing it in at lunch or at the end of the day, you can find the time. Its amazing how many type A people who could never find time to exercise, all of a sudden can find the time after their first heart attack.
Excuse # 2. I’m too tired to exercise:
Chances are you‘re too tired to exercise because you don’t exercise. Exercising gives you more energy to handle your hectic holiday schedule and to live life to it’s fullest away from work.
Excuse # 3: I have a bad back, or a bad neck, or bad knees, or (fill in the blank)
Like being too tired there is a good chance that you have pain because you don’t exercise. Study after study has shown exercise to be one of the most effective ways to deal with the pain of osteoarthritis and chronic back pain.
Today’s sedentary computer driven workplace exposes us to situations that place us in poor postural patterns. Prolonged periods of sitting, will eventually create, chronically shortened hip flexors muscles and weak hip extensors. This muscle imbalance is a main contributor for back, hip, and knee pain. Hours in front of a computer and driving can cause muscle imbalances through the neck and shoulders that lead to stiff, sore necks, achy shoulders and tension headaches. A well designed program can correct these imbalances and help alleviate symptoms and get you feeling great.
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Excuse # 4. I don’t have access to a gym:
No gym? No problem! There is a commonly held myth that in order to exercise you need a health club membership and fancy equipment. The fact of the matter is that many of the fancy machines found in health clubs can actually exacerbate the common musculo-skeletal issues (stiff necks, sore backs, achy joints, and tension headaches) that plague so many people.
All you need for a terrific workout is the right information, your body, and if you want to get fancy, a few inexpensive pieces of equipment such as a portable exercise bands and / or hand weights, an exercise ball and a jump rope.
Excuse #5. I need to lose weight first:
As ridiculous as it sounds this is a common excuse for putting off exercise. The sad fact is that this excuse is primarily used by people who don’t have the self confidence to let others see them exercise. Since the best way to lose weight and keep it off permanently is to exercise, this excuse will lessen the chances of ever being successful. If you are intimidated by the thought of others seeing you exercise, remember, you can effectively exercise in the privacy of your own home.
If you feel you need a little more discipline, direction and motivation, a private personal training studio can be a great way to jump start your program, and establish good habits that you can continue on your own. If personal training isn’t right for you, but you still want some accountability, online training can also be a great option.
So that is it, our final installment in our Holiday Survival Guide. If you missed any of the previous installments, please click the links below.
written by dave radin, bs, cscs