Five Reasons Why We Don't Fitness Train 1. Time 2. Fear 3. Money 4. No close gyms 5. We think we don't need it
The above listed are the top five reasons I have heard, for people not wanting to workout.
The number one reason I hear is the "I don't have time to work out" answer. I'm sure you know where I might go with this one………… Of course you have time!!! We have to make time in our lives for exercise. In our fast paced society that is more and more about convenience, we are quickly losing our focus on our selves. We are more concerned with how much can we get done, and how fast can we do it. In light of that, we are starting to miss out on the big picture here, which is getting things done, done right, and still making time for ourselves to exercise.
Fear is a big factor in a lot of people's lives when it comes to exercise. The biggest thing I come across with fear, is the fear that "I have no clue what I'm doing" or "I look stupid in front of all those people". These words come out of people's mouths when the "mega-gyms" get mentioned, that is your 24hr Fitness' and your Bally's. These places are amazing for those who are confident in the gym; don't mind people checking out there "form" and enjoy a social scene. But for those who are unsure of their ability in the weight room or those who don't like to be in a gym with thousands of people, then I can see how fear can come out and bite you right in your ass and force you not to workout. The good thing is that fear in the weight room usually comes from lack of confidence and knowledge. Building those two will help you go to any "mega-gym", boot camp or fitness class and feel like you own the place!
The best part about exercise is the fact that it doesn't take a penny to get your heart rate up, you don't have to pay $10 to get your muscles burning and you don't have to have a $40 dollar a month membership to sweat and feel good. The usual costs that people incur that pertain exercise are a personal trainer, a gym membership, and sometimes a random exercise video, or some kind of "abs-flexi-gadget-thingy" from a 2 a.m. infomercial that promises you unreal results in "just 8 minutes a day?!?!?!?!?!?!!!!" There are various reasons why people invest in one or all of these different forms of exercise, but that's a whole different article. The bottom line with money is that we don't have to invest any money into exercise. As long as you have the ability to move, you have the ability to exercise.
"I don't have a gym close to me" or "The gym at my condo/apartment is not adequate" . This is one of my favorite reasons I hear when I encounter potential exercisers. This is almost beating a dead horse, but you don't need to have a fancy gym or fancy equipment to have a great workout. If you were to talk to any of my clients, they could tell you how many things we do that don't involve fancy equipment (which is diverse). The fanciest piece of equipment out there does not cost you a thing, and that's your brain. Your brain is all the equipment you need in order to have a great workout, day in and day out (and a good pair of shoes). There is also a great online fitness training program out that I have gotten a hold of and put to use (www.myonlinefitnesstrainingsite.com) to check it out. You can exercise inside your house or outside on this beautiful spring day.
Ignorance (in the most respectful since of the term) is something I run into when it comes to exercise. I have come across numerous people who say "I'm already skinny, so I don't need to exercise", this is one of the biggest misunderstandings. Because you are skinny or look like you are in decent shape, does not mean you are. Your cardiovascular, coordination, strength, endurance, neuromuscular connection, balance, hormones, energy level, and resting metabolism are ALLLLLL positively affected when you're on an exercise program. So, for those who say "I don't need to exercise because I am already skinny" are just misinformed on the positive effects of exercise on the human body.
There are several different reasons why we chose not to exercise. Time, fear, money, no gyms in the area, and we think we don't need to, are the 5 reasons I tend to hear the most as a fitness professional. The bottom line is that we have to make time in our lives to take care of our health and ourselves. There are hundreds of other excuses out there, and I'm sure when you read the 5 I constantly hear, you came up with at least 2 more that you have used. Now is the time to put the excuses behind you and take action, make time to exercise at least 30 minutes a day most days of the week. Hold yourself accountable and start making that change to make your life more active and healthy. If you need a kick in the butt click here. I can promise you that you will feel better, have more energy, look better, be happier and smile a little bigger during the day.
Darcy Shaw B.S. "TRAIN LIKE ME"