Why People Want to Exercise, But Don’t

Picture this. Getting and staying fit is necessary to a healthy lifestyle, right? In fact, everyone around you is talking about it.  So, you make a decision: it’s time to shed those pounds and get your body in shape. You dive enthusiastically into researching the best fitness and diet regimens.

You sign up for your local gym’s excellent cardio program, and it all seems to be going great. However, sooner or later, you find yourself slacking on gym time - there’s no dearth of excuses to skip going to the gym, and then, before you know it, you’ve stopped going altogether.


Want. Will. Should Work Out


Sound familiar? Well, don’t feel guilty. You’re not alone.  There are a number of reasons why people want to work out, but hold back from actually making a commitment to their exercise routine.


Exercise Disinterest


“I just detest getting on the stairmaster! I know I need to do it, but, it’s just so boring!”

Yeah, we know how that feels. This disinterest isn’t so much a loss of interest in getting fit, but more a growing boredom with the “routine” that comes with cardio exercises.  Determined gym goers do their best to overcome the boredom by trying to liven the sessions up by listening to music or switching their patterns up.

But according to John Sifferman, these are just quick-fixes, at best; eventually, the boredom will seep right back in. If you don’t enjoy what you’re doing in the first place, the exercise is always going to feel like work. If, however, you can find some physical activity that you enjoy doing, you might find yourself singing a different tune.


No Apparent Results


Results don’t show up overnight; it can take weeks, sometimes months before you actually start seeing discernible results.  And unfortunately, the apparent lack of results can make even the most enthusiastic exercisers lose steam.


Lack of Motivation


Keeping yourself motivated can be tough if the routines seem tedious.  Understanding why a regular fitness regime is crucial to your body’s health can definitely help; the benefits of exercise are hard to deny.  


Feeling Overwhelmed


In some cases, the idea of getting on a treadmill or stairmaster can actually feel overwhelming, especially for first-time users. In other cases, the idea of a rigid routine can seem intimidating, as well. In all honesty, however, you don’t need fancy equipment or a routine to give your body the workout it needs. A brisk walk or a jog around your block or on your stairs can do just as well. So, start there. You can even work your exercise routine into your daily chores!


Lack of Time - Activity Clash


A lack of time is by far the most oft-heard excuse when it comes to exercising.  Work, kids, social engagements… the list is never-ending. And, we get it; it can be tough to find the time to set aside when so many things demand attention around you. So, instead, get creative in finding ways to increase your activity level: take the stairs instead of the elevator, park your car a few blocks away from work and walk the remaining distance.


The Bottom-Line


No matter how you slice it, there’s no getting around the fact that you need to stay active. However, there’s also a good chance that the routine element of cardio exercises can be off-putting, and you may sometimes have to find ways to power through it by getting creative with your fitness routines.

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