4 Excuses for Not Going To Gym – Losing Weight Without Working Out
People not into fitness have 101 excuses why they should not go to the gym – most of which are not valid. For example is not having a matched pair of socks really a valid excuse?
People at the gym won’t care if your socks match or not. In fact, they won’t care if you are wearing socks! Generally the reason you don’t want to go to the gym has more to do mentally than physically.
Here are the four top excuses to not exercise:
1) No time
This is a classic. People using this excuse never have time to exercise, but they have time at night to sit in front of the T.V. (and most likely eat). Everyone can find time to exercise. Try to save time by choosing the gym closest to either your home or your workplace – even if it’s not the best gym in town.
And if you really don’t have time to make it out to the gym, you can usually find three 10-minute blocks of time to work out throughout your day, which are just as beneficial. Park at the far end of the parking lot and walk in the rest of the way. Walk up the stairs instead of riding the elevator. Take a 15-minute walk after lunch. These are all ways you can incorporate exercise into your daily routine that don’t add extra time to your day.
2) No money for a gym membership
You don’t need a gym membership in order to exercise. Walking for 30 minutes is great exercise and all you need is a pair of walking shoes. Many cities have a community center with gyms and pools that you can use for a minimal cost.
3) Embarrassed the way you look
That should not be an excuse to avoid the gym. In fact it should be the very reason you should go to the gym. By working out on a regular basis and eating a healthy diet, you’ll lose weight, tone up, build muscle and look great. By going to the gym, you are showing everyone there that at least you are trying to change the way you look.
4) Don’t like to exercise
With the variety of equipment and classes available at most gyms today, this isn’t a valid excuse. Try different machines or classes until you find something you like. Don’t get stuck in a rut by doing the same thing for months on end. If so, you will get bored and not like exercising.
Besides, by changing things up every so often, it keeps your body guessing what you’ll throw at it next. It keeps your metabolism functioning at a higher level, meaning you’ll consistently burn more calories.
Why Your Excuses NOT to Get Fit Are Plain Wrong
Many people have a million and one reasons why they should not get fit. But are your excuses really justified? Here are some answers to the most popular excuses not to exercise.
Let’s look at each one individually and see why each is not valid to avoid starting an exercise program.
Exercise is boring
With the myriad of exercise venues and types available, there is literally something for everyone. But sometimes it requires thinking outside the box of what you consider exercising. Dancing is exercise, along with gardening, skating or participating in a group sport like couples tennis, or basketball. The key is to try different types of exercises until you find one you like. It doesn’t always have to be walking on a treadmill in a gym.
I’m too tired.
You are too tired because you are out of shape. Start small by exercising 10 minutes the first day. Gradually increase the amount of time you exercise by a few minutes each day. Before long, you’ll be exercising 30 minutes a day five days a week. Also eat a healthy diet as the types of food you eat could be dragging you down.
I tried before and couldn’t do it.
O.K., try doing a different type of exercising than the one you failed at before. If you plan on joining a fitness class, make sure it is at the fitness level right for you. If you are just starting, don’t get into an advanced class, because you won’t be able to keep up and in the end fail (again).
Who will watch the kids?
Many of the gyms today have a child care center inside, so this excuse won’t fly in most cases. Even if your gym does not, hire a babysitter to come over and watch your kids for an hour or so.
Or reciprocate with a neighbor that has kids. You will watch theirs when they exercise if they will watch yours when you exercise. There are many different ways to negate this excuse. Most of the time there are other underlying reasons why you don’t want to exercise and this one just happens to be the most convenient to use.
I don’t have the time.
And this one is the all-time favorite. Usually people using this excuse somehow seem to have the time to watch TV or be on social media for hours at a time, but they can’t seem to find the time to exercise. It comes down to a matter of priorities. When (or if) you decide you want to get fit, you will shuffle all the things you do in a day and find the 30 minutes you need each day to exercise.
And it doesn’t even have to be a continuous block of time. Three 10-minutes workout a day is just as good (and in some cases better) than one 30-minute one.
A healthy lifestyle should be the number one priority for all of us. That encompasses eating a healthy nutritious diet and exercising most days. As once said, “If you have your health, you have everything.” And it is so true, yet many people always seem to find excuses not to take care of themselves.
Can You Lose Weight Without Exercising?
Wouldn’t it be great if you could lose those extra pounds without exercising? Well, guess what… You can! Oh, it will not come off as quickly as if you exercise 3 to 5 times a week. And you are going to have to make some lifestyle changes. But if the thought of the dreaded “E word” or the mere mention of a “workout” makes you cringe, take the following steps to lose weight without a lot of physical exertion.
Take Your Pick – Exercise or Diet (Both is Best)
Since you have decided not to exercise to lose weight, you are going to have to focus on nutrition. Doctors, dietitians and health experts agree that anywhere from 50% to 70% of your physical fitness is determined by the foods that you eat. So you can truly eat your way to skinny!
That means more leafy greens, raw fruits and vegetables on your plate. Cut back, or cut out entirely, sugar, salt, white flour and monosodium glutamate. Drink water all day long, and get 6 to 8 hours of rest each and every night as well. Skip the drive-through and sugar-filled snacks and diet drinks, opting instead for wild caught salmon and mackerel, nuts, berries, whole grains and unsweetened teas.
The average American is fatter than ever before. Citizens of the United Kingdom and other countries are also overweight, thanks to what is known as the Western diet. Fast, fatty and processed foods shoulder much of the blame for your excess poundage, and deservedly so.
But you are probably eating portion sizes that are too large as well. The appropriate single serving of protein is about the size of a deck of playing cards. Use smaller plates, cups and glasses when you eat. Limit the amounts of processed, fatty foods and sauces you eat, and increase your portions of vegetables and fruits.
Go Back in Time
You can also lose weight without “exercising” by taking a trip back in time. Do you remember when there was no such thing as a remote control for your television? You recall having to go get your pizza rather than have it delivered? How about before you could drive? Remember how often you walked and rode your bike?
Any time that you keep in constant motion, you are actually exercising. And even several small doses of walking and moving throughout the day can burn as many calories as a trip to the gym. Dropping 15 to 25 pounds of extra body weight and fat in a single year is possible if you get out of your chair or seat and on your feet as frequently as you can.
The Bottom Line
You cannot lose weight just by wishing it away. If that were the case, everyone would be slim and trim while eating cheeseburgers, pizza and ice cream and exercising very little. Just remember, exercise as it is defined is not required to drop a few pounds. You just need to get up and get moving, stay active and eat sensibly.
Instead of finding ways to avoid exercising, use that energy and find ways to exercise. Your body will thank you.