Getting Past Our Good Reasons For Not Exercising

Most of the reasons we have for not exercising contain an element of truth. However, a bit of truth does not alter the fact that bodies thrive on activity.

To stay strong and healthy, we need to:

  1. Acknowledge the element of truth in our reason(s) for not exercising.
  2. Go beyond that grain of truth by saying or thinking, “however...”
  3. Then, tell ourself a larger truth about why we can and must stay active.

Ten Reasons We Don’t Exercise, However...

The “howevers” given here are suggestions; feel free to substitute your own.

  1. “I don’t have enough time to exercise.” There are periods of time in all our lives when children and work responsibilities crowd out other activities. However, if good health is one of our priorities, most of the time we must make time for ball room dancing, a two-mile walk, swimming, or hoola-hooping.
  2. “Exercise is too boring.” Exercise is boring if you’re doing an activity you find boring. However, out of all the possible ways to exercise, there will be at least one or two you enjoy—do those.
  3. “I’m too self-conscious about how I look.” Some people will pass judgement on your appearance or athletic ability. That’s what humans do. However, you can choose to exercise at home, with a group of supportive friends, or remind yourself that what others think about you is none of your business—and just keep moving.
  4. “After work I’m too tired to exercise.” A day’s work can be very tiring. However, there are different ways being of tired. If your job is physically strenuous, maybe yoga, Qi gong, or Tai chi would be a good exercise choice. If you are mentally or emotionally spent after work, a vigorous, aerobic workout might refresh and energize you.
  5. “I’m just too lazy to exercise.” Maybe you are lazy. However, no one is too lazy to have fun, and there are plenty of fun activities that get our heart rate up and tone muscle. You might shoot hoops, play catch, try folk dancing, walk the dog, play volleyball, tag with the grandkids, or join a water aerobics class.
  6. “I’m not an athletic person.” You might be the most uncoordinated klutz in the world. However, you can still move, and don’t need athletic prowess to walk, mow the lawn, pedal a stationary bike, or follow an old Richard Simmons video in the privacy of your home.
  7. “I’ve tried to exercise regularly in the past, and failed.” You might have tried and failed 15 or 30 times. However, unless you have exhausted all exercise possibilities in the universe there are more left to try. Think about what you enjoyed as a child. Think about what might be fun. Think about being able to dance at your grandchild’s, or great-grandchild’s wedding.
  8. “I cannot afford gym fees.” Not having money for Health Club fees may be true for you. However, no one needs a gym to get moving.
  9. “I worry I’ll hurt myself if I exercise." Sometimes people do get hurt while exercising. However, if the doctor has given you a green light to exercise simply start slow, take small steps, or consider working with a trainer for a while. Joining an exercise class for beginners is another good way to get started. As you build strength and stamina you will also build confidence.
  10. “My family doesn’t support my fitness efforts.” Sometimes those closest to us become uncomfortable when we make changes—even positive ones. However, this is about your health, and exercising will role model an active lifestyle to your children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Try getting the nay sayers to join you by starting a backyard kickball game, organizing a nature hike, or taking them to an indoor climbing wall.

Source: Mayo Clinic
Photo credit: Fit Approach

Get a Free Diabetes Meal Plan

Get a free 7-Day Diabetes Meal Plan from Constance Brown-Riggs who is a Registered Dietitian-Certified Diabetes Educator and who is also a national spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.

Just enter in your email below to download your free Diabetes Meal Plan.

By clicking Submit, you agree to send your info to InformationAboutDiabetes.com who may contact you with updates and information and we agree to use it according to our privacy policy.

More Articles

Limiting our intake of highly processed foods, and eating more whole and lightly processed fare can boost our nutrient and fiber intake, lower...

Chamomile tea has long been prized for its calming properties, but few people realize it’s also beneficial for glucose regulation. Traditionally,...

Today, the healing benefits of essential oils are more than the claims of ancient tradition and alternative medicine. They are increasingly the...

The different sugar content of fruits can be confusing when you are trying to manage your...

There is nothing close to a one-size-fits-all exercise program for those with diabetic peripheral neuropathy. The best general advice is to...

More Articles

Keeping your blood sugar levels under control can be tough. There are so many factors that can affect blood sugar, like exercise, food, illness,...

Today, the healing benefits of essential oils are more than the claims of ancient tradition and alternative medicine. They are increasingly the...

Stomach aches and other gastrointestinal pains can be signs of a bigger problem. One such problem for diabetics is gastroparesis, or delayed...

Two of the most common symptoms of diabetes are increased thirst and increased urine production. These symptoms are so prevalent in diabetics that...

The different sugar content of fruits can be confusing when you are trying to manage your...

Most people with insulin-dependent diabetes use syringes and lancets every day. However, many of them do not know how to dispose of these...

People with type 1 and type 2 diabetes have successfully competed in the Olympic Games. Their amazing stories prove that diabetes is no match for...

Explaining diabetes to children can seem like a daunting task, but in reality, it is no more difficult than discussing anything else important....

Diabetes is a complex disease, affecting virtually every part of the body. The damage it does, to nerve endings, blood vessels, organs, and the...

If your child has diabetes, you want him or her to be safe while in school and to have the same educational opportunities as other children....

The American Diabetes Association estimates that more than 7 million people in the United States have diabetes but don’t know it yet. These people...

Do not let pictures of yoga experts with their bodies twisted into bizarre, compact shapes fool you. Even people with stiff muscles, creaky joints...

While some celebrities aren't quick to talk about living with diabetes, others are quite transparent and inspiring - acting as advocates for the...

People with diabetes are about twice as likely to experience heart disease as those without the condition, making cardiovascular health a critical...

All diabetics know that maintaining proper blood sugar levels is the lifeline...