We all have them! “I don’t feel great”, “I’m too busy”, “my dog is sick” any excuse is a good one when you don’t want to work out. But why are we more motivated to do nothing than to keep our body in shape? So in 2020, we need to Stop Making Excuses not to Exercise, Do This Instead!
Stop Making Excuses
Why do we make excuses not to exercise? The irony is, we don’t want to work out because we are too tired but exercise actually energizes us. It increases our blood flow helping our heart pump oxygen to our brains and muscles. It also releases neurotransmitters like dopamine, serotonin and natural endorphins that make us feel better and give us energy. So why don’t we want to exercise again?
Do you need more reasons to work out? Ok here are just a few from a list GettheGloss.com put together.
- Boosts Productivity
- Helps Manage Weight Loss
- Boosts your Mood and Combats Depression
- Helps Reduce Stress
- Improves your Sleep
- It Improves Skin Tone
- Helps Reduce the Risk of Major Illnesses
- Improves Memory
- It Improves Digestion
- Increases your Lifespan
Still not convinced
Well, what happens to our bodies when we don’t work out? Studies show that doing less exercise will decondition your body. Meaning, your muscles will weaken and lose bulk. This includes the muscles you need for breathing. You will become more breathless as you do less activity. You will also start seeing changes in your brain, especially in your memory. And you will start gaining weight.
Start exercising again
So you really don’t like to exercise but you want to stop making excuses, what can you do? Most of the time it’s not about going to the gym or for a long run — it’s about moving! Any activity that gets your heart rate up is a good place to start. Maybe it’s a walk around the block or your office. Or it’s a dance party with your kids. Find a way to get your heart rate up and see how good it feels. There are also wonderful activities to try that are easy to start up, for example, yoga, biking, gardening, playing basketball in your driveway… no activity is too small to get started.
There will always be a “good excuse” to not exercise. But knowing how beneficial just 30 minutes of moving a day can be, why would you need an excuse.
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Chris Huston | Content Creator