How many excuses for not exercising can you come up with? I think by this time, most people know they should exercise. Pick up any newspaper and women's magazine and you'll be bombarded by the messages. But despite knowing what you're supposed to do, so many of us still find all the reasons and excuses not to just do it.
When I worked as a cardiovascular nurse specialist in a cardiology practice, I counseled patients who had heart disease or had numerous risk factors for heart disease. Many were motivated to listen to my advice because they didn't want to end up with their first or another heart episode. They were often scared and so they followed through. But as time went on and they were feeling fine, many fell back to their old habits and weren't consistent with their exercise programs.
Here are a few of the excuses I heard:
- I hate to exercise
- I don't have enough time
- It's too hot outside to do my walking
- I'm too tired
- I'm too busy
- I'm going to buy a treadmill but haven't gotten around to it
- I hate riding my stationary bike
- It's so boring
- I'm going to sign up for the gym
- It's a busy time at work
- It's been raining outside
OK; now it's your turn! What excuses have you heard or maybe ones that you use for yourself?