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We’re all aware of those fitness excuses we make that aren’t really valid excuses (“but my favourite gym pants are in the wash”, ring a bell, anyone?). But without realising, those more “valid” excuses you use aren’t so valid after all.
Don’t worry – we’ve done them all too.
Excuse 1: I’m sore from yesterday’s workout.
Having an injury is one thing, but if you’ve got the normal aches and pains from your workout, it’s actually a good thing.
“It’s called Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) and it’s actually an excellent thing to have – it means you’ve done the right stuff,” says Thamsin Dunn, National Master Coach, Fitness Instructor and First Aid for the Australian Institute of Fitness.
And exercise can actually make it better.
“Light exercise can decrease the pain, helping to get toxins out of the blood. The nervous system also rewards you for exercising by masking the pain, as your body modulates itself. All this comes together and can actually help you to heal faster,” she says.
“This will then help you establish good habits, and means you’re actually more likely to do more exercise in the long run.”
Excuse 2: I’ve already exercised plenty of times this week.
While it’s great if you’re hitting the minimum recommended amount, the truth is you can never really do too much exercise.
“In fact, doing plenty of exercise on a regular basis will actually give you the momentum to form good habits,” she explains. (Post continues after gallery.)
Excuse 3: I just don’t have any time to exercise.
You don’t need big blocks of time to exercise, says Dunn.
“Studies have found that doing 10 minute bouts of exercise three times a day is just as effective of doing 30 minutes straight, provided you keep up the intensity,” she says. (Post continues after gallery.)
And if that’s too difficult, don’t underestimate other ways you can integrate it into your day, including incidental exercise.
“I had one client do squats while he was brushing his teeth!,” Dunn says. “Also if you get public transport, consider getting off one stop early and walking the rest.”
Excuse 4: I’m just too tired.
“Exercise actually improves your alertness, because the release of adrenaline perks you up and increases your blood sugar” explains Dunn.