5 bad excuses for not working out

It's time to overcome the obstacles that are keeping you from being active. There are so many great benefits that come with regular exercise - do it for yourself!

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1. I don’t have time

This is, hands down, the most common excuse. The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology recommends doing at least 150 min of moderate-intense exercise per week. That could mean 30 min a day for five days. Between work, family, and everything else...try to find just half an hour of free time each day to be active. For example, you can incorporate simple exercises into your routine — such as stretching, doing sit-ups or planks while watching TV. Also, did you know that walking up and down the stairs at a moderate pace can help strengthen your thighs and improve your cardio? It's as easy as that! 

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man stretching at home

2. I don’t have the money

It's true that the cost of living does go up every year. However, there are many ways to get active without spending much. You could take a walk while listening to a podcast, play at the park with your kids, jump rope, or clean your house while listening to some upbeat music. Running and biking are two very affordable ways to stay in shape and clear your head. Plus, it’s fun to explore different routes in your area. Did you know you can find in-person and virtual activities for all tastes, levels, and budgets on the Decathlon Activities platform? Check it out!

3. It’s too hot (or too cold) outside

Okay, so the weather isn’t always ideal for training or playing sports outside. Don't let that stop you! Remember, there’s no such thing as bad weather — just bad clothing. Basically, you just have to dress appropriately for the activity you plan on doing. Alternatively, you can always train from the comfort of your home. No more excuses!

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women doing aqua aerobics

4. I’m too old

Age is just a number, and you are never too old to be active. In fact, exercising has undeniable health benefits at any age, such as developing cognitive skills, slowing cellular aging, and preventing disease. The important thing is to respect your own physical limits and go at your own pace. Aim for pleasure rather than performance! If you’re over 40 and haven’t played sports for a while, you may want to consult a doctor first for tips on how to avoid injuries while getting back into your exercise routine. 

5. I'm not motivated

Let’s be honest here — motivation doesn’t magically appear! You have to find it within yourself. Give yourself a pep talk, and just go for it! Also, your lack of motivation may have to do with the fact that you haven’t found the right activity for yet. Having fun is key to keeping up with a sport or exercise routine. With realistic goals, you’ll start to feel really good after just a few weeks. In the end, feeling great about yourself and your choice to get active might be all the motivation you need!

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