Thursday, April 18, 2013

Excuses for not exercising

I think people are the most creative when coming up with excuses for not doing something they need to do.  The funny thing is many of us devote so much time and energy coming up with excuses to avoid exercise, getting in shape, or just taking positive steps towards progress that it would probably be easier to just do it.  Maybe this is why Nike created the famous quote, "Just Do It".

I've heard many excuses and now I want to list a few of my favorites.  Have you used one of these yourself? If so, you're probably not alone.

Top 10 excuses for NOT exercising...

1. "I'm too tired"
2. "I'm not a morning person"
3. "The weekends are my days off"
4. "I don't have enough time"
5. "I don't know where to begin"
6. "I'll start on Monday"
7. "I'll do it tomorrow"
8. "It's not convenient"
9. "I'm too old"
10. "It's just too hard.  If only I had the right training"

We make excuses to avoid doing something because we have not yet developed the intrinsic motivations for what we want to change; you can't change what you don't acknowledge.  Most of us rely on external cues for motivation, which allow the excuses to overrule a decision to complete the intended goal.

One way to help eliminate the excuses is to do the following:

Write down your specific fitness goals, what you want to change, and why.  

Once you can honestly answer this you will have a better chance to not use an excuse but instead conquer those goals you set.

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