Earlier this week, we discussed the real reasons its so damn hard to exercise. My belief? While most of us say we “don’t have time,” it’s really more about a lack of self-confidence and feeling like we’re not good enough to run, bike, swim, do yoga or keep up with the rest of the fit, athletic ladies in our Zumba classes. But many of you wrote in with your own theories as to why exercise is so damn hard, too. We want to highlight your best excuses… Then bust them.
Here’s what some of you had to say, along with our responses:
…it’s a combination of competing priorities, lack of confidence and laziness.
True, we have so many priorities in life, don’t we? Between work, kids, family, volunteering and taking care of the house, the dog, the cat, the goldfish and an aging parent, fitting exercise into our schedule can seem overwhelming. But, that too is just an excuse. Can you instead view exercise as one more way you take care of yourself? Something you do everyday just like brushing your teeth, taking a shower and eating breakfast. (You do eat breakfast, don’t you?)
I workout at home by myself, so forgetting to workout is definitely not a lack of self-confidence on my part. When I say that I don’t have time, it’s usually because working out means less sleep. Considering I don’t get enough of either, it depends on how much I’m needing one versus the other when my alarm goes off. And considering how tired I am ALL the time, the sleep often wins out. So I guess my excuse is laziness rather than a lack of time?
I once heard the best definition of laziness: Not doing something you should do when you have the means to do it. You’re right, being too tired is another top excuse. But here’s the deal: The very thing that will make you less tired is exercise. I set my alarm every day and get up to exercise regardless of how tired I feel (and partly because I have to walk to the other side of the room to shut it off). The hardest part of your workout is getting from your bed to the door. I have never finished a workout and wished I had stayed in bed.
well of course it’s about self-confidence… I don’t like to exercise because I feel I’m being judged on being so sweaty and red in the face, without even having done as much as I should have (or others might have). When I jog in the morning, I’m sure others are snickering at me for walking most of the way. I mean walking and being that out of breath? It’s a bit pathetic. I used to try to go early in the morning to avoid as many people as possible. A couple of months later at a shop in town the assistant seemed to recognize me, apparently I always stopped wheezing outside her window… great, so even that strategy failed.
Here’s the thing about people who judge you: They don’t. I guarantee they are sitting in their car as you jog by and thinking that they too should be doing that instead of eating that jelly doughnut. So next time you’re out there, instead of imaging them “snickering” at you, envision them cheering you on and telling their co-workers when they get to work about “that cool runner girl” they see each morning. Plus, having other people watch you always puts a little spring in your step and makes you go just a bit faster.
Because it’s hard work. Most people don’t want to do hard work.
When I was training for a marathon and complained to my coach that it was “hard”, he said, “If it were easy everyone would be doing it, and it wouldn’t be anything special.” Hard work always gives you that “I got it going on” feeling. Like, Savasana wouldn’t feel nearly as good if you hadn’t just done a kick-ass yoga practice, and crossing the finish line of a race wouldn’t make you feel nearly as proud if you hadn’t worked so hard to get there.