Oftentimes, I hear many different excuses as to why someone isn’t working out. Isn’t it funny that there are always so many reasons not to do something? To me, that seems like such a waste of brainpower! What I wanted to do today was to go over these reasons that I hear about why people can’t be bothered to exercise. From there, I am going to counter argue those points, something my wife hates me for doing! Let’s get started by looking at some common barriers to why people are not exercising.
You Don’t Have Enough Time: This is the most common excuse that I hear from people about exercising. However, it only seems like you don’t have the time because your brain is playing tricks on you. If you compare yourself, who might not be in perfect shape yet, to someone who has trained for years there is going to be a big difference. What is important is that you realize getting in better shape takes time. If you go into working out with the mindset that expects instant results, you will be letdown. However, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t start lifting weights.
Getting enough exercise only takes a few hours a week, no joke! If you work 40 hours a week and sleep 8 hours a night, that is a total of 96 hours a week. As you know, there are 24 hours in a day and 168 hours in a week. Doing the math with the information you’ve just received probably has you thinking a little differently.
I Don’t Want to Look Stupid: Every single person that lifts weights had to have a first trip to the gym. Most likely, every person feels the same way you did about their first time to go and lift weights. It is natural to feel nervous and scared but don’t be! Most of the time, gyms are filled with helpful people that will assist you. Don’t be intimidated by the big muscles and loud noises, they are just there to workout, just like you! If you want to not look like a total beginner, think about checking out some weightlifting videos.
YouTube is filled to the brim with helpful tutorials of just about any lift you could think of. Over the years, I have tried so many exercises that I start to get them mixed up. Whenever I feel stumped as to how to perform whatever muscle dumbbell extension I am about to do, I know it is only one YouTube search away.
It’s Too Difficult: I don’t what this next section to sound too mean so I will try to restrain myself. However, if there is one pet peeve of mine it is people who coast through life never putting in any effort. Whether or not it felt like it, it did take work to develop the body that you have now. If you are overweight, it took work for your body to process those extra fats and carbs. Lifting weights should be challenging but never impossible. If you are frustrated with never progressing in your weightlifting, check your ego and lower the weights. As someone who frequently works out in a public gym, let me be the first to tell you that I don’t care how little you are lifting. No one is going to point and laugh if you can only curl ten pounds. We are all too busy worrying about we can curl!