So what’s getting in the way?
Maybe dozens of things. Some are pretty persuasive too. Life happens. But other times, excuses are…well, just excuses.
Here are some common thoughts that derail good exercise intentions—and tips for what to do about them.
|The excuse||The remedy|
|“I’m too tired.”||The truth: Consistent exercise actually boosts your energy. But if you wait until you’re too pooped to pump, it might not happen at all. So schedule your workout for a time of day when you have some get-up-and-go.|
|“I don’t have time.”||
|“It’s too wet/cold/hot.”||Come up with an indoor routine you can do when the weather doesn’t cooperate. Doing calisthenics, climbing stairs, jumping rope, walking in a mall or swimming indoors are no-cost or low-cost activities.|
|“Who cares? Why bother?”||Oh, that negative inner voice. It zaps confidence and destroys motivation. Keep track of your miles, time, reps or steps. Give yourself credit for a job well done!|
Sources: American College of Sports Medicine; American Council on Exercise; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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