Your Personal Trainer: Stop making excuses and start exercising

Fitness should not be an option. We must make it a priority and not make excuses to avoid fitness. We need to take control of our health and destiny and start exercising immediately. Here are the Top 10 excuses for not exercising and, more importantly, rebuttals to them.

No. 1: “There’s no time in my busy schedule”

Just one hour with a personal trainer three, or even two, times a week will address all components of your fitness: strength, flexibility, balance, body composition, endurance and conditioning. A reputable fitness center will also have a child-care facility.

No. 2: “Exercise is for younger people”

While getting older is inevitable, feeling old, tired, weak and lethargic is not. Exercise will increase energy levels, lower body fat and reduce our risk of sickness and diseases like heart disease and diabetes. Proper exercise through strength training will improve strength and add lean muscle to protect our bones and internal organs, while increasing our bone density, which in turn reduces the chance of breaking bones. Exercise will also improve our balance as we age, to prevent falls and accidents.

Being a healthy & fit senior will allow us to spend quality time with our children and grandchildren.

No. 3: “Exercise doesn’t make that much of a difference anyway”

A balanced exercise program will have you feeling and looking better quickly. You will have more energy for your daily tasks. It’s a fact that Americans who exercise regularly are sick less often, miss less work and incur fewer medical bills than sedentary people. Life is just easier and more fun when you’re fit and healthy.

Exercising and being leaner, fit and healthy also will set a great example for your children.

No. 4: “It’s inconvenient to go to the gym”

A great fitness facility is always just a short distance from your home or your work.

Health clubs have locker and shower facilities and make it convenient to exercise before work, on your lunch hour or after you finish your day to help you de-stress and unwind.

No. 5: “I’d feel funny around all those people in better shape than me”

People who exercise respect people who take control of their health by exercising. I have never met anyone in a health club whose focus is on the other people working out. Everyone is focused on his or her personal workouts and results. Also, a certified personal trainer will be friendly, professional, non-judgmental and take a personal interest in helping you reach your fitness goals.

No. 6: “I’ve got health issues that keep me from working out”

Many injuries and health problems can be alleviated or controlled with the help of a good exercise program. Exercising regularly and safely is one of the most effective ways to help prevent and improve conditions such as obesity, diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease, back problems and arthritis. Many conditions can be addressed and improved with exercise.

No. 7: “I feel sore after I exercise”

When people are not used to exercise, they may experience “delayed onset muscle soreness” (DOMS), due to a buildup of lactic acid. This effect mostly goes away after your first few sessions. Personal Training minimizes discomfort by helping you develop proper form and full range of motion.

No. 8: “Exercise is repetitious and boring”

A professional personal trainer will keep your program fresh and exciting by utilizing many different exercises and a variety of equipment, from state-of-the-art machines to free weights and progressive, challenging workouts. Once you attain the desired results and reach your goals you will easily be able to maintain your higher level of fitness on your own.

No. 9: “Equipment, clothes and memberships are expensive”

All you need is a T-shirt, shorts or pants, a pair of sneakers, and a positive attitude. The cost of a gym membership and a program is less than you might think, particularly considering all the positive ways in which being fit will improve your life. You can purchase a gym membership for less than it costs for a cup of coffee a day.

No. 10: “I’m too tired, it’s too hard and I’m not disciplined”

By being fitter and stronger, you will actually have more energy! Your body will become more efficient at getting oxygen from your lungs, producing more energy and fueling the muscles that you use all day long, every day. Many people find having an appointment with a personal trainer to be the best way for them to stay disciplined and motivated.

I hope you will jump on board and start a fitness program today. Stop procrastinating and recognize that fitness can be fun, exciting, easy and rewarding.

Fitness expert and Fitness Hall of Fame recipient John DeFendis is the director of exercise and fitness at Coop’s Health & Fitness in Spartanburg, Anderson and Greenville.

*Results may vary from person to person.

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