Working out, or following a fitness routine, is a core aspect of a healthy lifestyle. Your diet is probably the most critical thing, but an exercise regime is a close second. You need to exercise to maintain a healthy body and prevent various health problems. People that exercise every day will have a decreased chance of heart disease, obesity, and osteoporosis.
There are endless advantages to working out and no disadvantages. So, what’s your excuse? Realistically, there is no viable excuse to avoid working out. Genuinely, any excuse you come up with can easily be disproved. In fact, here are a few of the most frequent workout excuses and why they just don’t cut it.
So many people claim they lack time to work out. No. Instead, you’re unwilling to make the time to exercise. Even if you work 9-5 every single day, you can get some exercise by waking up an hour earlier. Do a workout at home or go to the gym before work. There’s a common misconception that exercising takes up a huge chunk of your day – it doesn’t; you only need 15-30 minutes to get a good workout in.
Being too tired to workout is such a lame excuse. Most of the time, working out will help you feel more energized! Give yourself a boost with a cup of coffee, and you’ll be good to go. Or, focus on correcting the reasons you’re tired: drink more water, go to sleep earlier, etc. I’m sorry, but tiredness isn’t a valid excuse 95% of the time!
This is a classic excuse for people who might exercise once and then claim to be too sore for the rest of the week. There are two things wrong with this statement. Firstly, there are people out there with much bigger problems than you, and they still exercise. Activewear brands are selling above knee leggings specifically for amputees. These people have lost a limb and are still willing to exercise while you feel a bit sore, so can’t be bothered! Soreness rarely stops you from working out, and getting your muscles moving can actually ease a lot of the soreness you feel.
Secondly, if one part of your body is really sore, just work on a different part. Your legs may be super painful, so do exercises that use your upper body instead.
If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it’s that you don’t need equipment to exercise. You can run with no equipment whatsoever. You can do various bodyweight workouts at home without a gym. The opportunities are endless, so don’t use your lack of equipment as an excuse to do nothing.
At the end of the day, there are few genuine excuses to avoid exercise. Most of the time, you’re just looking for reasons to not work out. It’s easy to be lazy when you feel like you can justify your decisions. Instead, stop looking for excuses and start living a healthier lifestyle where you’re active all the time!