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4 Reasons Why People Don't Exercise

By Renee Wilson
Posted Feb 19, 2011 in Lifestyle
Have you ever wanted to get into shape but just couldn't rack up the motivation to do so? Well, you're not alone. Do you ever see people running in your neighborhood and wonder how they do it? How do they just get up and do it? I'm not so sure myself to be honest but I like to call it "mojo". It's my own little word to describe that feeling that makes you want to work out, but you actually follow through with it. I like to believe that we all have mojo in us, it's just waiting to break out! Here's some reasons why people don't like to work out and reasons why they might be wrong.
1. You're busy
I'm sorry to face it to you but...everyone is busy! We all have that mental list of things that we have to do. That isn't a good enough excuse though. How many times a day do you either watch TV, go on the Internet, or just sit there and wonder "What is there to do?" I'll answer that for you, A LOT! All of those moments are perfectly perfect for working out. The American Medical Association discovered that 60 minutes of exercise can help you maintain a normal weight. An hour? That's not very long. You could put your TV in front of your treadmill and watch your favorite soap opera for an hour!
2. It's too hard
A lot of people get discouraged with how challenging exercising can be. I'm a coach so I know how easily telling someone they have to run for 10 minutes can change their mood. I think people have the ability to be able to encourage themselves to make it through a work out but they don't. It's much easier to fail at things than succeed. Think about it this way, the more you do something don't you get better at it? That applies to exercising too. It may be hard at first but your body will adapt and you will be one mean lean fighting machine! Don't ever discourage yourself, you can do it!
3. You can't afford a gym membership
Don't let money be another let down in your life. Exercising can be as simple as you make it. Getting into shape doesn't necessarily require weights, treadmills, or ab machines. You can lose weight by doing the simplest things. Run around your block a few times, take your bike to the nearest park and ride around, or walk your dog! If you do those things over and over you're bound to see results. Don't let not having access to a gym stop you from changing your lifestyle, cardio is key and cardio is those simple things that everyone can do.
4. You don't have anyone to tell you what to do
Having a trainer, coach, or friend to tell you what to do when exercising is always nice but the truth of the matter is not everyone can have that luxury. Take me for example, I used to be an all-year round trainer for softball in high school. I had coaches yelling at me to push it, how many crunches to do, and to go run until I couldn't run anymore. Now that I'm graduated, not playing softball, and coaching girls just like that I don't have anyone to tell me what to do. It's hard, but I have to be my own motivator. Just like in life, no one can hold your hand for the whole ride. At some point you're going to have to let go and make choices for yourself, same thing goes for exercising. Do what YOU think you should do.
No one can make you do anything you don't want to do. Exercising is a personal choice to be a healthy version of yourself. If you do it right, exercising cannot harm you in any way. Any exercising you do right will only make you happier, stronger, and healthier. I'm glad I have a history of being pushed so hard to be physically fit. It's changed my mentality, it's helped me realize that I can do anything I put my mind to, including working out. Don't be afraid to push yourself, you are your hardest critic.

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