Excuses for Not Exercising

Some excerpts from an article in this month’s The Oprah Magazine:

“I am already too busy – I can’t deal with one more thing I’m supposed to do.” Too many women put their jobs, obligations, and the people they care for before themselves. Most women wouldn’t say out loud, ‘I am not as important and I don’t deserve the time’, but that’s exactly what their actions say. Try justifying regular trips to the gym by reminding yourself that unless your needs are met, you’ll have trouble meeting the needs of those counting on you.

“How can I exercise when I am always tired?” First you have to realize that there are two types of energy – physical and mental – and they feed off each other. Chances are, you’re mentally tired from sitting at your job all day, and you need to get your blood circulating to rev your engine again. Tell yourself, I will do just ten minutes. And call it quits if you are still slogging after ten full minutes.

“I’ll start out gung ho, but I know I’ll get bored and quit.” Predicting failure is a classic way of protecting yourself. Rule out success, and you don’t have to try. If you are put off by the thought of setting up an effective program, consider spending a bit extra on a personal trainer to get you through the challenging first few weeks.

3 thoughts on “Excuses for Not Exercising

  1. This is an interesting post- and I see this attitude all the time. I work in a women’s only gym- and a lot of our clients talk about feeling guilty whenever they are there. We do our best to help keep them motivated and interested, though. My personal favorite thing to do is program changes- we create weight training programs with our clients, teach them the exercises and (when they ask) we change their programs so they don’t get too bored with it. It’s the first gym I’ve been in that does it and I LOVE it! It takes away the “but exercise is BORING” excuse!

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