Although for me physical training is as natural as eating, I am aware the many people struggle to find the motivation to exercise on a regular basis. Today I’m going to discuss the 3 most common excuses not to exercise.
1. I don’t have enough time to exercise
I like to call this ‘The Big Lie’. Every time you say that you don’t have enough time to exercise, you are lying to yourself. How can you have time to watch Netflix everyday, but not have 1 hour to go to the gym? How can you spend crazy amounts of time on social media, but not have 30 minutes to dedicate to your health and wellbeing? The truth is: It’s all about priorities. Taking care of yourself is not less important than your job and is definitely more important than going out every night, watching TV, playing video games or any other type of procrastination you might be doing. You need to start thinking in the long term. What will benefit you more in 1-3-5-10 years?
My opinion is that it is all a mindset related problem. As human beings, we rather opt for instant gratification than long term gratification. Due to the way our society works, we want everything and immediately. It looks easy to just chill on the sofa and turn the TV on, and it looks difficult to put your trainers on and start running. Well, that is a lie, it’s all in the mind. You simply need to change your perspective.
And now, you’re probably thinking: actually, I have enough time to exercise. But you know what?…
2. I Am Too Tired
This is an interesting one. If you work in an office job, where spending most of the day in a seated position, you have no clue. Maybe your mind is exhausted, I get that, but it’s physically impossible that your body is tired. I know this because I worked a 9-5 office job too. If your body is tired, it’s clearly telling you that it’s tired of staying still, on a chair all day and it needs some stretches and mobility. You need to learn to listen to your body. In fact, if you feel tired after working 8 hours in an office, try to do some sport, and surprisingly, you will feel energised after. I promise. It’s all in the mind, you just need to get past that initial block that is stopping you.
If you do a different kind of job, which involves a lot of movement or strength, then yes, your body may be tired after working all day. In this case, finding the motivation to exercise can be challenging if you don’t have a strong driving purpose. I remember my first job ever, I was doing cleaning services, and even though I was exhausted when I finished, my drive was so strong that I used to go training Muay Thai for 2 or 3 hours. Well, if you don’t have such a strong drive, I recommend to try some light exercises like gentle stretches which will benefit the muscles you use the most during your working hours. Something easy that you can do at home. This will definitely relax your muscles and mind, improving your general wellness.
3. I Don’t Like Exercising
I personally have the opposite problem of what most people do. While most people struggle to exercise on a regular basis, I find it difficult not to train. Sometimes, during my rest day, I wish I could do some sport. My question for you is: what exactly don’t you like about exercising? You don’t like weight lifting? That’s fine, why should you when you can train in open air? You don’t like running? That’s ok too, it can be challenging. You can’t cycle because you don’t have a bike? Well, that can be an issue.
But what about martial arts, yoga, calisthenics, functional training, tennis, swimming, football, paddle board, dancing and all the other hundreds of fitness activities you can do? Did you try them all?
In addition, in fitness, as in everything in life, you need to be patient. I am sure there is some food that initially you didn’t like, but then, after a while, you started to appreciate it and eventually enjoy it. It’s exactly the same process. You might find it hard and challenging at the beginning, but that is normal. Every new thing that we try is initially strange and it feels weird. But after a period experiencing something, we start to notice aspects that are quite interesting and, most importantly, we see the results and benefit on ourselves.
So if you categorically think “I don’t like exercising” I invite you to try something that you have never tried. Possibly, go out and try the thing you think you would like the least. It will be funny and you’ll go out of your comfort zone. Remember, give it some time. The first time I tried Yoga I thought it was some weird girly thing and that it was super easy. Now I can’t live without it, and it’s one of the most challenging fitness related activities I do.
So these are the 3 most common excuses not to exercise and how to overcome them. I am sure that some of you will come up with other reasons to avoid exercising. If this is the case, please leave a comment below and I will tell you how to break through these believes.