What is your favourite excuse to not exercise?
Do you find yourself saying you don’t have the time, you’re too tired or not motivated enough? Do you feel that there is not enough room for physical activity in your life? Here are solutions to all the good excuses for sitting on the couch!
I’m running out of time.
Active people are not necessarily those who have the most free time. It is above all a question of priorities and interests. Being active is even part of the way to give ourselves energy to more effectively accomplish all of our other activities. During busier times, allow yourself to do a little less or split your time into a few blocks. Example, 1 hour into two blocks of 30 minutes.
It does not interest me.
Perhaps you think you have to suffer for it to be worth it. Think again! All activities are good for health. Perhaps you are already doing more than you think.
I am too tired.
That’s good, physical activity, it gives energy!
Plus in this time of COVID-19, physical activity can help to boost your mood, reduce stress, improve sleep, and sharpen your focus — benefits that can be especially important during stressful times. Physical activity can also help you live a longer, healthier life by reducing the risk of many common chronic diseases, like type 2 diabetes and some cancers.
I’m not in good enough shape.
So start slowly.
I’m afraid of hurting myself.
Being active strengthens the muscles, which decreases the risk of injury. You just have to go at your own pace.
I have trouble taking time for myself.
If it is not easy to take an hour to go for a walk, try taking 15 minutes.
I am not co-ordinated enough.
Obviously, rollerblading is not for everyone, but walking and running is easy.
I have pain in my knees, my back, my feet.
Ask a doctor, physiotherapist or kinesiologist what physical activities are right for you.
I’m worried about social distancing
- Do you love group fitness classes? Try streaming a group workout online in your home.
- Are you used to lifting weights at a gym and don’t have any at home? Get creative! Try lifting canned goods or laundry detergent. Or try some bodyweight exercises — they can help you build strength, just like lifting weights.
- Are team sports your thing? Find an open space to practice your individual skills.
Just be sure to avoid social gatherings, keep your distance from others, and practice good hygiene.
It is true that horse riding or gym memberships can be pricey, but activities such as walking cost nothing.
It’s no longer worth it, I’m too old.
Physical activity is like RRSPs: it’s best to start investing early, but it’s never too late to start. The difference? There is no contribution limit!
No question of feeling guilty or demotivating if you stay one evening well propped up on your couch to listen to a film instead of going for a walk. The idea is to have a good batting average and reach the goal of being active for at least 30 minutes most days. It is never too late to resume the next day or week.
“I would have to go exercise …”
If this is the way you see each of your exercise sessions, no wonder the idea of moving doesn’t smile at you very much! Consider physical activity as a special time to do yourself good rather than seeing it as an obligation. Finding an activity that suits your tastes and your situation is important for you to persevere.