Beat These 5 Common Excuses Not to Exercise

You have a family to take care of, you have too much work to do, the weather isn’t perfect — it seems like there’s always something getting in the way of getting fit. Take a look at some of the most common excuses for not moving your body — and our tips on how to beat them!

1. I’m too busy!

This is the excuse we hear the most. Life moves fast sometimes, and it’s not always easy to keep up. But if you don’t put aside time to keep yourself healthy, keeping up can get even harder. When you take care of yourself, you’re making it easier to keep taking care of the important people in your life. A quick walk before you start your busy day can help you wake up and build energy. Or, a walk before supper can help you unwind when you’re tired after a long day.

2. It’s too hard!

When you’re new to it, exercise can seem really difficult. But the more you do today, the more you will be able to do tomorrow. As you build your strength and endurance, it will get easier. Talk with your doctor before starting an exercise program if you are older or have health challenges — he or she will likely tell you to start with gentle, low-impact movements and progress at your own pace, as your health allows.

3. It’s too hot!

We do have more than our share of hot, muggy days in August. And in New England, many of us don’t have central air conditioning since it’s only really hot a small part of the year. So on those really hot days, while you don’t want to push yourself too hard (exercising too hard in the heat can be dangerous!) you can still get exercise by swimming at your local public pool.

That’s good exercise, too — and as long as you wear the proper sunscreen and drink plenty of water, it’s a safe bet for those extra-hot days.

4. It’s too cold!

In winter months, you can still get outside for some exercise. Just wear clothes that will keep your hands, feet, and head warm, and shoes that won’t slip on patches of ice. If you plan to exercise hard, dress in layers, so you can take something off if you get too warm. You’re never too grown up to play in the snow, as long as you stay aware of your surroundings and keep warm.

5. I can’t afford a gym membership or exercise class!

Fortunately, there are lots of ways to exercise that are low-cost or free. For example, all you need is a good pair of sneakers to walk indoors at a mall — so you can stay cool in the summer, and warm in the winter. A milk jug filled with water makes a great hand weight — and you can make it heavier or lighter by adding water in or pouring some out. And if it fits your budget, there are many local gyms that offer low-cost or no entry fees, plus low-monthly rates.