Given the chance, most of us will take the path of least resistance. This may come from the cave days when we had to conserve energy whenever possible. Perhaps it's due to comfortable lifestyles, easily available food and stressful jobs. Whatever the reason, it's all too easy to find many excuses not to get active.
The excuses could be tiredness, boredom, bad weather or too much else to do. We could fill a book with reasons not to exercise. That book of excuses is a big negative and needs to be torn up.
If you need some motivation, here are just five of the many reasons to be active:
Being fit really does increase your chance of living longer. Perhaps more importantly, taking care of health in earlier life also increases the odds of a healthier old age. Worked muscles are strong muscles, and bones that have done weight-bearing exercise are strong bones.
We all need to be as fit as possible to make the most of our opportunities. Fitness allows you to enjoy a day out, a good walk or an evening of dancing without suffering the next day.
Who doesn’t enjoy their food? We should all be able to savour a good meal without worrying about what it does to our waistlines. Sensible eating and portion control still have to be habits, but taking regular exercise means that those extra calories get put to good use.
Fitness can go rapidly downhill if we have an illness, or even a lazy week or two. Missing out too much exercise really will make things more difficult in the long run. Be positive and try to do something, whatever it is.
Exercise gives us more than a virtuous glow. Many studies have shown that exercise really can improve mental health. There’s nothing like a new fitness class or a run in the fresh air to reduce stress.
Seeing exercise as a ‘bother’ is another negative for that bad book. Rip up the excuses and remember the good reasons why we make an effort.
I love my food, and working out means I can pretty much eat what I like. That is a big motivator for me to exercise!
wise words - I always feel better after getting out there, whatever I'm doing. Even gardening counts, as my legs tell me today!
Maybe I'm lucky, but I rarely find myself making excuses to avoid exercise. I'm the opposite - I sometimes feel like I can't make the time to do it and really want to! I know I will always feel good after a workout so I really look forward to it. It's 'me' time.
Fitness excuses can be cured by not thinking about it. There are always reasons not to if you think about it. If you feel yourself hesitate before going to the gym, (for no good reason) just quickly put your trainers on and go. Before you know it, you will be enjoying your workout and so glad you did it.
no excuses, no ifs, no buts. It isn't easy keeping fit but it has to be done. Thanks for the reminder that I am not alone in occasional struggles.
After just returning from a seafront run, I can confirm that the feel-good factor is a major reason to exercise!