Sunday, May 27, 2007

Excuses Not to Go to the Gym

People have all sorts of excuses not to go to the gym. After seeing eight-month-pregnant women working out and people working out before work at 5:30 am, I do not want to hear any excuses. Here are some popular ones.

I have no time.

Um, you do have time most likely to eat, watch television, go out, and sleep late sometimes. Walk instead of drive to the store. See a television show at the gym instead of at home. Work out while you watch television. Take turns with friends cooking for the day to give the other
friend(s) time to go to the gym.

2. I do not like it.

With all of the classes, cardiovascular equipment and varieties of weights and machines, there is something that you will like. Explore. Try it out and see. And after a while, there is something or many things you will like and not want to do without!

3. I am embarrassed because of how I look.

Well, that is like saying you are too old to look for work after the children are grown or you are let go. The situation will persist if you do not get into action and do something about it. Besides, many other people at the gym think the same thing! And if anyone stares or comments about you, she or he is not anyone whose opinion you should care about anyway. Most likely, people will be too into caring about how they look, working out, reading, watching television or finishing their work out to get out of there! Do not worry until you cross that bridge.

4. I do not have the money to join a gym.

There must be some affordable gym in your area. If there is not, buy some free weighs from a sporting good store, do calisthenics, or use a friend's gym as a guest. You can also dance, jog, bicycle-ride and swim.

5. I will beef up and look like a man. (women)

I have already discussed that women not on steroids will not bulk up like men, and muscle tone looks good and burns more fat than fat tissue even when sleeping.

6. It hurts.

It may hurt when you do an exercise you have never done before, or when you increase weights or repetitions or sets. But there is a difference between good and bad pain, as I have written about in several blogs. And only by working out and getting to know your body more will you be able to tell the difference. The adage "No pain, no gain" is often true in working out and in life. The more in shape you become, the less pain you will feel. And unless you are working out like an animal, chances are you are just scared and you will not feel much pain anyway.


My third book, Pocket Guide to Fitness, is available on and If you look up my name on those Web sites, you will find my other books The Boy in a Wheelchair and Life, Work and Play: Poems and Short Stories. These two books are on my Web site

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