Let's face it, there's always a reason "not to do" something, but exercising and staying committed to your own well-being should NEVER be included on that list! Below we've taken 5 excuses that we hear all of the time for why exercise is often skipped, and come up with the solutions for "why you should!"
Excuse #1: I don't have time. Exercise doesn't to be a major time-suck. Even a 25-30 minute workout has plenty of positive health benefits that can improve your mood, energy levels, and physical health. Plus, it's important to make time to exercise, because if you don't, you may be forced to make time to deal with an injury or health issue later in life. If you're feeling the pressure of a busy schedule, try breaking your workout into shorter segments. For example: Two to three times per day, try walking for 10-15 minutes at a time.
Excuse #2: I'm tired. Yep, we definitely hear this one! 2020 has worn us out in a way that we didn't even know was humanly possible, but here's the thing: Exercise actually IMPROVES energy levels. When you exercise, you'll find yourself mentally energized afterwards, so that you can be more productive with your time. The biggest pitfall of the "I'm tired" excuse is sitting down after work and turning on the TV. Watching TV after work is going to make you MORE tired than you were before. Instead of going home immediately after work, try packing your gym bag and heading to the gym immediately after. This way, you won't get sucked in to sitting down for "just a minute or two."
Excuse #3: I'm out of shape. We hear this one ALL. THE. TIME. Many people think they need to be in shape to come to the gym and start working out. They worry about being judged, they feel intimidated by the other people there, and they're unsure of what they should be doing. Want to know a secret? Everyone in the gym was a beginner once, AND everyone in the gym is just like you - they have goals that they want to achieve. Don't let fear keep you from exercising. A good way to work through this fear is to ask for help when you need it (like from someone on our front desk team or a personal trainer), find a workout buddy you trust, or join a group fitness class.
Excuse #4: I hate it. Chances are, you just haven't found the right workout yet. If you're not enjoying your workout, it's time to try a new class, a new machine, a new instructor, or even a new workout buddy. Physical fitness DOES feel good and SHOULD leave you feeling positive after every workout. If you're not feeling the good vibes yet, let us help! We can recommend classes and workouts to make your fitness regimen more enjoyable.
Excuse #5: I don't have a gym membership. HELLO! That's why we're here! Our plans are affordable and perfect for people of all abilities. We're a family oriented gym that offers classes, free weights, and a heated, therapeutic pool! Plus, when you work out with us, you join a community! Not only do our members support each other through every workout, we also support our members! Through fundraisers, community events, and more, we make a point to show up for the causes that our members care about!