7 Reasons You’re Not Exercising!
Want to start exercising but just seem to be able to get going or stick at it?
Take a look at our advice for ways to get round common stumbling blocks preventing you from getting more active:
‘I don’t have time’
This is a common one, but it’s like anything you want to do: you have to prioritise and manage your schedule so that it fits in. Put something in your diary and treat it like a job interview – something you have to do. You can also break your activity into 10 minute chunks: 10 minutes in the morning, 10 at lunchtime and 10 in the afternoon. That way, you’ll get 30 minutes exercise without too much disruption to your busy schedule. You can also try incorporating a workout into your day by things like cycling or walking to work, or taking the dog out for a long walk rather than a 3 minute saunter to the nearest lamppost and back!
‘I’m too tired’
I don’t think that I have ever said “I wish I hadn’t just done that workout”, so even when I’m feeling tired, I know I’ll feel better after I exercise – and you will too! Most people report feeling energised after exercise, so go and workout – you won’t be sorry!
‘I don’t have the willpower’
This is a really common problem. If you need help staying motivated, try exercising with a friend or family member, so you can encourage each other. Or come to BootCamp and you’ll find the motivation provided by us! Exercising in a group is always more fun than doing it alone. Try recording your workouts in a Training Diary to help keep you on track. You’ll find it quite addictive once you get going! See the next section for more on this.
‘I don’t like exercise’
Exercise can be uncomfortable and tough when you first start. But it does get easier and a lot more enjoyable if you give it time. After a while, you’ll enjoy pushing yourself and you’ll start seeing results too. But you have to give it a chance! Try doing this: Promise yourself you’ll exercise for 30 minutes, 4 times a week, for the next fortnight. That’s 8 workouts in total. Make the promise a solemn one and plan exactly when you’ll exercise. Now stick to it. If you do this, I bet you’ll want to keep going after the fortnight is up. Try it and see – it works!
If you haven’t had your Free Trial yet, just turn up and join in – there’s no need to book!
‘It’s hard work’
Don’t try to achieve too much, too soon. Ease your way into exercising and you’ll enjoy it more, see better results and avoid injury.If exercising feels too hard, you’ll be put off. Start slowly and build up gradually. You’ll still be making progress and become addicted to it! It’s also a important that you choose an activity you enjoy. Jogging around the block in the pouring rain isn’t most people’s idea of fun!
‘The weather’s bad’
It’s tempting to skip a session if the weather’s bad. But you’re less likely to use the weather as an excuse if you’ve arranged to exercise with a friend or if you’re following a training programme. You can also exercise inside of course! Our BootCamp workouts are outdoors in the summer and some of those workouts go indoors in the winter so you get the best of both worlds.
‘I’ve fallen off the wagon’
Christmas, summer holidays, pregnancy: life has a habit of derailing a well oiled exercise routine. Getting back on the wagon is never easy, so the key is to find a spark to get you motivated again. Try these to get your mojo back:
– Buy some cool new exercise gear
– Buy a FitBit or equivalent smart watch or use a new activity tracker app
– Start working out with a friend or loved one – it’s a great way to get things back on track.
– Signing up for a fitness event. It might be a 5k fun run or London to Brighton cycle ride – whatever takes your fancy. Once you’ve booked it, you’ll have to start training for it!
– Come to BootCamp! The first workout is Free and you’ll find a great bunch of people just like you to inspire you and help you along your journey.
See you at a Workout soon!
Captain Felix Deer joined the Army in 1985 and served in a number of Training Officer roles, qualifying as a Unit Fitness Officer in 1986. Since leaving the Army in 1994, Felix has sold property, built houses and flown airliners for a living, but has always maintained his keen interest in Fitness.