Pull the other one! The things we'll say to avoid exercise... are you guilty of any of these?
I’ve not got the time’
I’ve hurt my back’
I’ve got the kids’
Oh, the excuses we all make to avoid exercising. And whilst some of them might have some truth behind them, we’re willing to bet that 90% of the time you really just can’t be bothered!
We’ve rounded up 15 of the worst reasons for not exercising that we’re all guilty of spinning at some time or another, (yes, us too!). From the plain naff to the downright ridiculous, some of these excuses are as bad as the dog eating your homework… and we’ve heard them all before.
We hope that after reading these you’ll see the error of your ways, and can have a little giggle at yourself too. We’ve also added a little advice on how to talk yourself around from your feeble excuse – so after reading this you really will have no excuse not to dig out the trainers!
Which of these reasons for not exercising do you spin when you can’t be bothered? Let us know in our comments section below and tell us if you’ve got any other excuses hidden up your sleeve!
We know. You’re busy. But think about it, there must be somewhere you can fit in some exercise, even if it’s just walking the school run instead of driving, running up and down your stairs a couple of extra times a day… you can do it!
Aren’t we all? But believe it or not exercising will actually give you more energy. Getting your heart rate and circulation going, you’ll be more awake and refreshed afterwards, plus you’ll fall asleep easier at bedtime.
This is no excuse, kids love getting out and exercising, plus it’ll make them calmer and help them to wind down in the evening.
If you have little ones why not go for a long walk in with the pushchair?
True, it can be. But perhaps you’ve just not found an exercise you really enjoy. You don’t have to spend hours on a treadmill looking at a blank wall. Think about sports like squash, tennis, swimming, or a fun class you could join with a friend.
OK. If you genuinely are ill, then have a day or 2 off. If you’re just really saying that because you’d rather watch EastEnders, then that’s just not good enough!
If you’re stiff try some stretching exercises, like Yoga. And if you’re stressed, exercise is a fantastic stress reliever, so pull the other one!
Why not? Think about what you’ll be doing instead… if it’s nothing more than watching an episode of Downton Abbey, then get up and GO! Make a playlist of some good, high-energy music that will get you in the mood to exercise.
That’s no excuse! There are plenty of ways in which you can get fit without any kit at all, from the humble fitness DVD to going for a long walk, even a couple of bottles of water can serve as a set of dumbells!
Who says you need an exercise partner? Doing things with a friend or partner can be fun but it’s actually very theraputic to exercise alone, it gives you space and time to yourself.
It’s a common misconception that having a bad back will prevent you from exercising. While having a bad back might limit the type of exercise you can do, exercising could relieve and help prevent back pain. Swimming is great for people who suffer with back problems, it’s gentle and will stretch out your back and strengthen the muscles.
For the smug few who can eat whatever they like and still be as skinny as a rake… we take great pleasure in telling you you still need to exercise! You might not be overweight but that doesn’t mean that you’re in good shape. Keeping fit and healthy helps fight against diseases like heart disease and cancer, plus is good for your mental health too.
Is it though, really? Finding the time and money to go to the gym can seem like a chore – but how hard is it to turn on a fitness DVD or go for a walk?
Exercising at home is really no hassle at all, you can even enjoy a bit of This Morning in the process. See our TV workouts.
Good news! Feeling hungry after exercise is normal, you’re tired and your body’s in need of a sugar boost to refuel you. Unfortunately for you we’re not about to recommend you eat this chocolate bar, we just wanted to get your attention!
Fruit is full of natural sugar, but won’t undo all the good work you’ve just done on your workout. Try yoghurt with some almonds, or blend a banana with a protein shake.
A common one for putting off exercising. If you’re intimidated by all the scary looking equipment in the gym and the knowledgable people using it, just think they once were as clueless as you. Ask an instructor or ask a fellow gym member if they can talk you through how to use it, you never know, you might make a friend.
Exercise DVDs tell you exactly what to do step-by-step, so this is really no excuse.
Don’t be silly! If you don’t want anyone to see you exercise – (and lets be honest, no one’s looking their best in the middle of a workout) then the answer is simple, do it at home.
If you’re going to the gym for the first time or for a jog where you live, you might feel a bit on show the first time, but really, after a couple of times you’ll realise that no one else is really that interested in what you’re doing.