Shari Duncan

Avoiding Exercise….What’s your Excuse?

by on Apr.10, 2010, under Fitness, Motivation

Becoming more physically active is about making YOU and your health a priority. Don’t let excuses control you and prevent you from achieving your goals.

People give all sorts of reasons for not participating in a regular exercise program.  Most excuses are not valid reasons for not working out; they are defense mechanisms for avoiding an activity they perceive as unpleasant or difficult and therefore approach it with apprehension.  Our bodies were designed for motion.  Exercise is the body in motion and should feel good.

So I ask, what is your reason  (excuse) for not making exercise part of your lifestyle??


GET ACTIVE: Do what you find fun & include friends. Even if it is TIRE FLIPPING?

GET ACTIVE: Do what you find fun with others that share your interests. TIRE FLIPPING ANYONE?

Work, school, family, church….there is always something taking up your time. But taking some time out each day for yourself will not only benefit your health physically but also mentally.  There are many programs out there that enable even the busiest of folks to fit in exercise.

Inactive people are just as busy as those who find time to exercise… you have got to get rid of this excuse.  Here are a few more pointers to help you manage fitness into your daily routine:

Schedule workout time –  break exercise time into 15 minute segments:

ü  Get up a few minutes earlier & go for a brisk walk

ü  Use 15 miutes of your lunch break to walk stairs and/or

ü  Lift weights for 15 minutes after work.


Exercising is one of the most inexpensive activities around.  It is not a sport for only the rich.  All you need is a good pair of shoes.  A regular exercise routine can transform you from a couch potato to a more energetic and healthier individual.

Think about the money you spend on coffee, cigarettes or beer. Think about packing a lunch instead of eating out even just one day a week.  You may just have enough for that gym membership.


Exercise generates Energy…  Let me say that again: EXERCISE GENERATES ENERGY …dramatically..  Sometimes life gets hectic with all we have to do, but once you establish a routine and begin to get healthy, you will find a renewed sense of vitality.  And the more energy you have, the more you will be able to accomplish in a day.

Fitness Magazines and DVDs are excellent resources for beginners

Fitness Magazines and DVD's are excellent resources for beginners


There is all sorts of information about exercising and fitness programs.  Pick up a book, DVD or fitness magazine to help you. Everybody has to start somewhere. Start with what you know and what you are comfortable with and gradually introduce new exercises or activities.  Go to the gym with a friend or colleague who can show you some exercises. Take a group fitness class or set an appointment with a personal trainer to help you get on a program that is specific to your health goals.

5) HATE EXERCISE – really.

Exercise does not have to be this dreadful chore you perceive it to be.  Keep looking until you find something you like to do.  Experiment with different activities until you “connect” with something. Keep going back and don’t give up. The more you participate and practice, the better you will become at it.  As time goes by, your confidence will improve and you will find that you actually are having fun at your “sport”!

And the best part: your body in the process will become healthier and fit.

Exercise is timeless.  It benefits all people of all ages, shapes and sizes. You are never too old (or too young), too fat, too busy, too inexperienced, or too broke to start exercising.

It is time to ditch all of these excuses and start moving in the direction to be in the best shape of your life. … Instead of moving in the direction of regret for not making YOU a top priority!


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