Why Don't You Exercise?

Everyone knows that exercise is good for you, but 23% of adults aren’t active at all - ever. That’s despite the fact that regular exercise lowers your risk of a heart attack, diabetes, and colon cancer. Or that it improves weight control, relieves arthritis pain, reduces symptoms of depression, and cuts down on the need for doctor visits and medication. So, let’s examine a few reasons you’re not exercising, and blast them out of the water. This comes from Forbes magazine:

  • The first reason you’re not exercising: A lack of time. On top of commuting and working at least 60 hours a week, you’ve got a spouse, kids and pets competing for your attention at home. At the end of the day, the need for sleep trumps any desire to get fit. The fix: Put your workouts on your calendar, so you can’t schedule something else and exercise in the morning. If you wait ‘til after work, you’ll have so many excuses built up, you’re more likely to skip it.  
  • Another no-exercise excuse: You’re intimidated. For some people, trying to figure out how to use the various gym equipment is terrifying. Or maybe you hate the idea of huffing and puffing away your pudge in front of a crowd of hard bodies. The fix: Meet with a trainer, and let them teach you how to use the equipment. Consider a specialty club, like the women-only Curves.
  • Another reason you’re not exercising: It costs too much. Many gyms charge $40 to $50 a month for an individual membership. The fix: Check to see if your employer offers a gym discount and try putting your negotiating skills to good use. You may be able to get a better deal, or get the gym to waive the initiation fee.
  • The final reason you’re not exercising: You’re out of self-control. Researchers at Florida State University say that the more self-control you use, the less you have left. So, if you spent your day avoiding office birthday cake and vending machine Cheetos, you may not have the willpower to hit the treadmill. The fix: Get more sleep. Studies show that people who are well-rested have more self-control, and are more likely to eat healthy and exercise.

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