Wednesday

Exercise Excuses

You hate to exercise.
*Get involved in group fitness classes. The atmosphere in a great group fitness class should be fun and encouraging.
*Workout with a friend. Cardio is always a lot more enjoyable when you have a friend to talk with.
*Do what you love! Join a league, sign up for a race, buy some fitness DVD's and try all different types of workouts until you find one that is fun.


You can't afford a gym membership
*Find group classes in your community. Usually they are affordable and offer all the benefits of a gym with out the price and contract.
*Workout outside: Walk, hike, rollerblade, run, bike, etc.
*Fitness DVD's
*Build your own gym at your house. A lot can be done with dumbbells, a stability ball and a resistance band.


You don't know how
*Hire a professional. A great trainer should teach you how to train yourself. If money is a concern then try Semi-Private Training, that way you can train with a friend and split the cost.
*Check out You-Tube.
*There are also some great books, and blogs.


You aren't seeing results
*Start out slow and give time for your body to change.
*Set goals! Read previous posts below.
*List all of the positive effects of exercising aside from weight loss...Get inspired!


You don't have time to take care of yourself because of your hectic schedule, kids, husband, etc
*Make time for yourself and schedule it.
*Make a priority list. You only get one body that allows you to take care of your family, so you better take care of that body first.
*Turn fitness into a family activity. Try biking, hiking, family walks, or playing one of the many Dance Games on Xbox or Wii.


You feel like you are too old
*Read The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest
*If you don't use it you lose it and this applies to your body. So start out slow and walk.
*Find Senior Citizen group classes in your neighborhood. (Silver Sneakers)


You feel like you are too fat, or too out of shape
*If you are obese check with your doctor to get the "ok" to work out and then start out slow. A 5 min walk might be enough for the first day.
*Seek professional help by hiring a nutritionist, or trainer. Having someone you can turn to to help motivate you and teach you is key.
*Exercise in the pool. Not only is it a great workout, but it will be friendly to your joints.



Please feel free to comment on your exercise excuses and how you avoid them, or plan to avoid them.

PLF Daily Tip: Remember that there are no valid excuses when it comes to your health. You are given one body; take care of it and live the life you choose.

5 comments:

  1. Feeling a little more inspired, thanks!!

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  2. I love the grandma doing the crow pose!

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  3. I agree, the Gma doing the crow has me motivated FOR SURE! (as well as entertained!)

    I am so guilty of some of these excuses...it's time to shape up!

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