What’s Your Excuse?

If you’re like most of us, it’s easy to pull out a list of excuses for not exercising. What are your excuses for not getting the recommended amount of physical activity?

Here are a few common excuses and some ways to think around them.

“I don’t have time to exercise…”

It’s easy to find the time! All you need is 30 minutes and if you can’t squeeze it in all at once, try breaking your activity up into three 10-minute workouts. For example, go on a 10-minute walk, do jumping jacks or climb stairs for 10 minutes on your lunch break!

“I’m too tired to exercise…”

You probably already know that physical activity has been proven to increase energy levels, but that may not be enough to motivate you after a long day at work or taking care of a family. On days where you feel too tired to exercise, try doing a more leisurely activity like walking the dog or playing Wii tennis—something that you find enjoyable, not exhausting.

“I don’t like to exercise…”

Exercise doesn’t have to be boring. Make it fun by doing something that fits your personality. If you’re social, try group exercise classes or working out with a friend. If you’re competitive, you may enjoy playing in a sports league. The trick is to find something you enjoy; you’ll be more likely to exercise if you pick an activity that you like.

“I don’t know what to do…”

There are two kinds of exercise, generally speaking: cardiovascular and strength. Cardio exercises are activities that increase your heart rate. Jogging, biking, swimming, walking, and dancing are some examples. Strength-based exercises include lifting weights and doing body-weight exercises such as crunches, lunges, and squats. Doing a combination of cardio exercises that you enjoy and some strength exercises each week is the best way to get in shape.

Learn more!

Still need motivation? Read about the seven benefits of regular physical activity on the Mayo Clinic’s site.