The Top Reasons People Don’t Exercise (and Overcoming Them)

Getting adequate exercise is essential to health, There are many benefits of getting exercise, especially cardio. Some benefits of cardio  included things like improved sleep quality, a strengthened immune system, and help with illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure and improved heart health.

Unfortunately, many people don’t do cardio for a variety of reasons, so today, we will go over the most popular reasons people don’t do cardio and how to overcome them.

Reason #1: Lack of time. This is probably the number one reason people don’t exercise. As a society, we are busier than ever, however there are still ways to get exercise.

Solution: Short, intense workouts have many amazing benefits. Four minutes of exercise performed at high intensity four times a week can improve a person’s anaerobic capacity by 28%, and improve their VO2 max and maximal aerobic power by 15%. Even just walking the stairs at work can count as cardio.

Reason #2: Lack of space or equipment. A common misconception is you need a designated space to exercise, or you have to go to a gym. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Solution: The following exercises can be performed in small spaces with little or no equipment:

  • Jumping jacks
  • Push-ups
  • Mountain Climbers
  • Burpees
  • Sit-ups
  • Planks
  • Squats
  • Lunges

Here’s a great exercise routine that takes 5 minutes to complete:

  • 50 jumping jacks
  • 10 push-ups
  • 30 seconds rest
  • 20 Mountain climbers
  • 30 leg raises
  • 30 seconds rest
  • 10 burpees
  • 15 squats
  • 30 seconds rest
  • 50 jumping jacks
  • 10 lunges
  • 1 minute plank

Reason #3: Exercise hurts. While high intensity exercises can be challenging, that is just one form of exercise.

Solution: Not all exercise is the same. For example, walking is a low intensity exercise that can strengthen bones and muscles, improve balance and coordination, increase the metabolism, and decrease the risk of strokes, diabetes, high blood pressure, and coronary heart disease.

 Reason #4: Lack energy. Many of us work 50-60 hours per eek, have kids, or other time consuming responsibilities. Exercise may not be a top priority because they are tired from other engagements.

Solution: Exercise produces endorphins, which in turn give a person energy. Studies published in Psychological Bulletin found that in 90% of the results, sedentary people who completed a regular exercise program had an increase in energy levels and lower levels of fatigue than those who did not exercise. As described previously, just 15 minutes of exercise can work wonders.

Here are a few more exercise tips to keep in mind:

There are many reasons people don’t exercise, but it’s something our bodies need for good health. Make an effort to get some type of cardio today. Your body will definitely thank you!

The time is now to change your life for the better. Get more Great tips in my award winning book The 3 Pillars of Strength: Increasing Your Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Fitness and my newly released book The Diet of Success: Healthy Eating Tips for Busy Professionals. Both available in paperback, kindle and audible forms. 


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