Kris Morrill, Fitness column
I have been in the fitness business for some time now and have had the opportunity to come in contact with literally thousands of people who, at some point, were interested in exercise. There is a good chance that, on average, each one of these individuals have ownership of four to five good excuses on why they are not able to exercise.
Some are valid, some are trivial and some are just down right "turn my head so I don't laugh in your face", ridiculous. In this column, I have compiled a few of the most common "why I can't exercise" excuses along with some rebuttals in hopes of nudging you along to a commitment to fitness.
"I can't afford a gym membership" I know that times are tough and I am aware that prices are going up all around us; but, why should our fitness and well being have to play the role of red headed step child? I would never talk politics in this column but let me just throw the term "health care" out there. Lets face it, no one knows what the future holds for this system therefore, would it not be better to do some prevention as opposed to correction later down the road? We will make a way to do the things we want.
If you really want a gym membership you will get one. If you would start drinking water instead of buying soft drinks, BAM! There is your gym membership money right there.
"I am too tired after work to exercise" I get it, life is hectic. You get up. Go to work. Work overtime. Then, you rush home and try to relax. The next day, you do it all over again. It seems like there isn't any energy left for something as strenuous as exercise. Luckily, the equation works quite the opposite. With regular exercise, your energy level will increase. A regular exercise routine will often times help you to unwind after a busy day and will allow you to rest better at night. As an added bonus, if you work out all of that aggression and hostility you picked up at work your family may even like you better.
"It's hard and too much like work" Well, I am sorry... There is probably only a handful of things in life get you heated, sweaty, gasping for air like a fish out of water that you could look over at someone and honestly say, "this is fun!"
Exercise is work. You are building a better more healthy body. Nothing good in life comes without work, remember that.
"I just don't have time" This is top of the top. I have heard this more times than I care to admit. I know that the days are just not long enough. There is always something to do and someone to help. It feels like the days run together and there is never enough time to get it all done. You will always make time for the things you want.
Thirty minutes a day would change your life, I promise! Commit and put in on your schedule. Make fitness and everyday scheduled event. This is your life we are talking about and you only have the one. What are you waiting for? What is your excuse?
E-mail fitness columnist Kris Morrill, certified personal trainer and owner of World Camp Fitness in Albany, at firstname.lastname@example.org.