Too tired? Too busy? – How to kill those exercise excuses

There are millions of excuses not to exercise – too busy, too tired, too bored.
Know that an excuse is just a reason to dodge your commitment, so don’t kid yourself. What matters most is how you combat them and emerge victorious!

1. I am too tired to exercise

Fatigue can actually be caused by a sedentary life style. Regular exercise increases energy levels and decreases levels of fatigue. Remind yourself of how refreshed and invigorated you will feel after exercise.

2. I am too busy with my hectic work schedule and family life

You need to create the time. Mark “exercise” in your daily planner so that you can fit in the time to exercise. Figure out a good time to exercise, a time that you are likely to stick with. Maybe you could wake up early in the mornings and take a brisk walk or exercise during your lunch hour or even do your push-ups, squats crunches at home while watching television.

Even when you are weighed down by work, you will find that exercise can actually increase your productivity levels and decrease your stress levels – leaving you feeling more alert and energized.

3. I am not motivated enough

Make exercise an outing – a fun event! Feel good about minor accomplishments like being able to walk up a flight of stairs without getting tired or being able to jog longer without getting breathless and even just feeling stronger and fitter. Feeling better about yourself physically and mentally, will motivate you to stay committed to exercise.

4. I am too stressed to exercise

Exercise reduces stress. Working out can buffer stress not only because it acts as a distraction, but also because it is a great physical outlet for dealing with stressful situations.

Exercise leaves you feeling more relaxed, confident and balanced.
Try it. It really works.

5. I can’t do what I used to do, I’ve become too old

Exercise has nothing to do with age. You are never too old to exercise.
Evaluate your current fitness level; determine your exercise preferences and plan a workout that you are comfortable with.

Even though exercise may not erase the wrinkles on your skin – it can increase your energy levels, help you lose weight and live a healthier life.

Namita Jain

Namita is a Clinical Exercise Specialist and Lifestyle & Weight Management Consultant. She is currently attached to Bombay Hospital as their clinical and wellness specialist.

Tomorrow’s topic: Help a Loved One Get More Active

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