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4 common cop outs for exercising

Excuses are those concise, little strings of words that we usually use to get out of uncomfortable situations and decisions or plans that we’ve committed to. Tamala Ceasar outlines the most used excuses when it comes to exercising.

When it comes to fitness and sticking to those passion filled plans to enrol in a class or hit the gym two to three times a week, our steam of enthusiasm usually runs out around mid to late January and then the excuses start flooding in:


1. “I’ve never needed to exercise, I like how I look”

This is a common excuse, but the question is, are you healthy? Your size doesn’t dictate your health and fitness levels.


2. “I don’t like the gym”

The gym isn’t for everyone and thankfully there are so many other ways to exercise, for example swimming, dance classes, outdoor park gyms, running, jogging or even YouTube videos for exercise sessions at home.


3. “I don’t have the time”

We make time for the things that are important to us. As the saying goes, ‘Health is wealth’. So, should your health not be on your priority list?


4. “Too expensive”

As stated in no.2 there are tons of inexpensive or free avenues to start exercising. Maybe consider walking for 30mins each day instead of talking public transport to and from work? Or how about hopping onto YouTube and type in ‘simple workout routines’? Where there is a will there is a way.


Why is this the case? What changes and what happens to the enthusiasm that we once had?


Health and fitness expert Lalesha MCcrea say that the three main reasons why we make excuses and opt out of exercising is usually because of a) money b) commitment and c) time.  Lack of motivation often plays a part in why you might not make the initial effort that you once had. Another might be that your commitment has changed and you can no longer make time for your workouts because of work or other personal commitments. Another excuse might be that you have lost sight of why you even started exercising in the first place and so you don’t see the point anymore. There will always be an excuse for everything, but it’s important to challenge yourself and stick to your decisions, ‘You’ve got to conquer the mind when it comes to exercise, because motivation starts in the mind-set. People often think that exercise only deals with the body, but it’s also great for the mind. If you don’t challenge yourself, how would you ever know that you’re good at something?’ says Lalesha.


If you can identify with any of the above, to get you back on track think about the following:


1. Look after your body

It’s crucial that your body is in good place health-wise

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV)

'Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honour God with your bodies'


2. Conquer the mind 

Keeping your mind in a healthy state is a product of exercise and choosing to follow through with decisions you’ve made translates positively into other areas in your life.

2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)

'For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.'


Check out this clip on ways to improve your health from Inspirational Breakfast: