9 Exercise Excuses That Just Don’t Fly
Here are nine of the more common exercise excuses I have heard over the years that keep people in a state of mediocre physical condition while still declining with the onset of old age.
It does not have to be that way!
Getting older does not necessarily mean that you accept slowing down and not being able to do the things you could when you were younger.
Fitness to me is about being healthy enough to enjoy each day of my life to the fullest because my body is strong which makes puts me in a good mood to look forward to the next rising sun.
1. Too Busy
Schedules are busy with work and school and sometimes both… but if being healthy, flexible, strong, with good posture is important to you then you will make time for
it. If you want to look good for yourself and for your partner for many years to come you will subtract a few moments from social media timelines and news feed and just get
it done. There are time saving strategies to provide short cuts to accomplishing this and ten or fifteen measly minutes a day of quick and sweaty is one of them.
2. Too old
That is a misnomer. It really is! You might have to start out slow and listen to your body, get some doctor’s advice, but start where you are at in whatever condition you are inand you will improve over time and regain strength, flexibility, balance and coordination and improve over all health.
3. Don’t like training on your own?
Find a work out partner to exercise with you. Let your significant other know how important this is and encourage them to do it with you. You can motivate each other and stay inspired. Make your fitness a goal with objectives and reach for them together.
4. You don’t like certain activities
Do not do what you find boring or something that you loathe. Find something that gets your heart going ten, fifteen, or thirty minutes a day using HIIT… High Intensity Interval Training. That could be anything from dancing, yoga, biking, running, weight lifting, martial arts, tai chi. There are many physical activities and you just need to choose one.
5. Your back hurts or you have a headache
Get moving! Once you get your spine moving along with the rest of your body the complaints should subside. There are many exercises that relieve stress from the upper back, neck, and shoulders that relieve headache tension. Something like traditional yoga or DDP Yoga elongates the spine with 0 pressure and something like tai chi refreshes the spine with gentle waist movements. Elongating the spine is one of the secrets to holding back the hands of time!
6. I am hopelessly overweight
That is why you are going to find a regular exercise program. Start out slowly and gradually build yourself up over time. Start to eat healthier… DO NOT DIET.. just make better decisions. Fitness experts agree that keeping the weight off and staying trim is 70% what you do in the kitchen and the other 30% is the activity you involve yourself in to burn those calories off melting that fat to a trimmer, leaner, stronger you. I sure as hell DO NOT diet! I eat like a pig. I have managed to eliminate gluten, GM foods such as corn, and dairy which has made a world of difference. My fuel is about 80% fresh raw fruits and vegetables and the rest is some starches like rice and sweet potatoes, and a little bit of meat. Every day I train DDP YOGA, tai chi chuan, and baguazhang kung fu. That is my formula that works for me. You have to find the formula that works for you.
7. But I am already skinny
Skinny does not necessarily mean healthy. You may not have the extra weight but your heart could still use a good cardio burn every day. Your joints still need to be stretched gently to keep your tendons and ligaments healthy. There are many benefits to exercising which include maintaining leg and core strength as well as boosting the immune system. Being thin does not mean healthy but being fit and lean does guarantee it.
8. I don’t like the gym
There are many ways to create your own workout space in the privacy of your own home or you can go to the park. You do not need to be a gym rat to get fit. For example, tai chi can be done at home. You could hop on the tread mill and even get some free weights and crank up your favorite music while at home. There are tons of yoga programs, such as DDP YOGA which is what I do… at home!
9. My arthritis won’t let me
You can still do strengthening, stretching, and moderate aerobic exercises which will work out the uric acid from the tendons and ligaments that is creating the inflammation in your joints. Tai chi and yoga are a few examples that have been very successful at alleviating arthritic symptoms.
Are never too old to be in the best shape of your life!!
The Exercise Excuses Do Not Hold Up For One Good Reason!!
No matter what you tell yourself there really is no excuse as to why you cannot be fit. You put more energy into avoiding it than actually doing it?
What is the upside? How about being healthy enough to enjoy each day of your life? Perhaps it is worth considering that fitness is sign of personal discipline, commitment, self respect, strength, as well as being a living demonstration to your children and to those closest to you as to what it means to be in control and to totally OWN YOUR LIFE.
Most importantly you need to think about this one fact. You totally deserve to be in the best shape mentally, emotionally, and physically that you can attain. Stop settling for mediocre and realize that you have earned the right to be the best that you can possibly be.
The exercise excuses are null and void because YOU ARE WORTH IT!