10 Bullshit Reasons Why People Avoid Health and Fitness
There are millions of people who dream of getting fit and losing weight, but who have never accomplished this goal. Perhaps there are serious obstacles that stand in their way, or maybe they have some really good reasons for not starting a health and fitness program. But to be honest, I think all those obstacles and reasons are just bullshit excuses, and here’s why.
Although you might think there are you have some really good reasons for not exercising and eating healthy, I call bullshit on all of them. Why? Because I’ve been in the same situation, and getting fit seemed like a distant dream until I decided to make a change.
If you know you’re unhealthy, then there are no valid reasons for staying that way. It does harm to your body and your self-esteem, so forget about all the lies you keep telling yourself because they’re just bad excuses.
I’m not saying that you should strive to look like an Instagram fitness model. I’m saying that if you’re starting to notice that your health is in danger, you need to do something about it right now.
I’ve been there, and I can tell you it’s possible to get around any obstacle that stands in the way of your health.
These are some of the most common excuses for avoiding health and fitness, and I’ll tell you why they’re bullshit and how you can crush them.
1. “I don’t have time to exercise.”
This is the most common fitness excuse, but really it’s just bullshit. Nobody has time! We all have jobs, chores, kids, and everything else. We’re all dealing with craziness here. But if you take a closer look at how you manage your time, you’ll realize you’re MAKING time for things like social media and TV. And you’re telling me you don’t have 15 minutes to work out? Not even 5 minutes? You don’t have to spend hours at the gym to get fit, you just have to MAKE time to move your body. You can even do that at home.
2. “I love food too much.”
And who doesn’t? Come on, that’s not even an excuse. A healthy eating plan isn’t about starving yourself, it’s about making healthier choices. You just have to change your perspective. There are tons of delicious and healthy options, made with real ingredients and not with processed crap that ruins your taste buds and gives you belly fat. Don’t just dismiss healthy food as gross. Try it! You might even like it.
On the other hand, you should also think about your relationship with food. If you can eat a gallon of ice cream and an entire bag of chips in one sitting, then you don’t love food. You have some serious issues that have nothing to do with eating and you need to work them out for the sake of your physical and mental health. No excuses!
3. “I can’t exercise because I have a bad back/knees.”
This might seem like a good excuse, but it’s bullshit. If you’re overweight, it’s very likely that’s exactly the cause for the pain. Did you know that every pound of excess weight exerts about 4 pounds of extra pressure on the knees? Plus, your lack of core strength is killing your back. You really need to do something about it.
If you have bad knees or a bad back because of injury, there’s still no excuse for not moving. You can do low-impact activity like walking or swimming. It will be uncomfortable at first, but physical activity will strengthen your body and make you feel better in the long run.
Sitting down for long periods of time is the single most damaging thing you can do to your body, so get moving now.
4. “I always give in to cravings. I have no willpower.”
Willpower is like a muscle. The more you use it, the stonger it gets. If you never even try to beat cravings, you’re always going to give in. Of course it will be hard at first, but it gets easier over time. You just have to use your willpower.
No, don’t lie and say you have no willpower. I’m pretty sure you do. Have you accomplished anything at all in your life? Have you finished school? Have ever you learned anything new? Have you been able to get up in the middle of the night to feed your baby? That’s all about willpower. Look at everything you can do. Don’t tell me a slice of cheese pizza is stronger than you.
And although cravings are a sign that you shouldn’t be dieting in the first place, cravings for processed junk are a completely different story. Junk food is like a drug. It’s bad for your health and it’s addictive, and the only way to beat your addiction to junk is to stop eating it. Just throw it away.
On the other hand, living a healthy lifestyle has less to do with willpower and more to do with planning and prepping. If you plan a routine and create a system that allows you to stick to your health and fitness goals, you won’t need willpower to stay on the bandwagon. Saying you have no willpower is just an excuse for not wanting to change.
5. “I don’t like exercise.”
I hear you, but that’s bullshit. For years, I also hated the idea of exercise, but I realized I couldn’t avoid reality forever. The human body needs to move to stay healthy, otherwise it’ll get sick and maybe even die.
But you know what? Doing exercise can be pretty fun. You don’t have to go to the gym or do endless repetitions. You can do any kind of physical activity you like. You can dance in your living room, play with your kids, or go walking. Isn’t that fun?
Just start moving, and if you feel more body confident after a while, you can pick another activity as long as you keep moving.
6. “I feel tired all the time. I need to crash as soon as I get home.”
That’s awful. Really awful. Feeling tired all the time means that you’re under a lot of stress, or it could also mean that you’re constantly coming down from caffeine or sugar highs. In any case, you need to get healthy, plain and simple.
You know what that means, don’t you? You need to start eating healthy food and doing exercise right now. Putting it off will just make you feel worse. Get up and do a 15-minute workout, or even just a 5-minute workout, and throw away all the junk in your kitchen. No. More. Bullshit.
7. “Getting fit and healthy is expensive.”
I’ve heard this before. Diet products are expensive. A gym membership is expensive too, and workout gear is way too expensive. It seems simply impossible to get fit on a budget.
But that’s bullshit. I didn’t spend a single dime when I started eating healthy and working out. I just threw away the junk and grabbed the fruit that was just sitting right there in my fridge. I put on an old t-shirt and shorts to work out and used water bottles as dumbbells. I watched fitness videos on YouTube. You don’t have to be rich to get fit.
Start where you can and use what you have, but there’s no excuse for waiting.
8. “I’ve tried dieting and it doesn’t work for me.”
Really? No shit. Dieting doesn’t work for anybody! If you put yourself on a fad diet, you’ll probably lose a few pounds, but you’ll gain them right back and then some. Forget about dieting. It’s better to focus on eating real, nutritious foods instead of processed junk.
And instead of dieting, try changing your lifestyle forever. Diets have a deadline, but lifestyle changes are forever. When you embark on a health and fitness journey, you’re doing it for life, you’re never going back to your unhealthy habits. The best part of this is that it doesn’t matter if you screw up, or if your progress is slow. You’ll be on the right track as long as you don’t give up on exercise and healthy eating.
9. “It’s too hard. I don’t even know where to start.”
Ok, that’s not bullshit. Getting fit and healthy is hard, really really hard, but it’s also very much worth it. It’ll be hard, it’ll be uncomfortable, and it’ll be sweaty, but your health is at stake here. It’s also really hard to live with clogged arteries, and heart disease, and daily insulin shots to control diabetes, and kidney failure, and kneecap replacement surgery. Choose your hard.
I understand you might feel confused about how to begin, but you don’t have to make a lot of changes all at once. You could simply start by drinking 8 glasses of water a day. Or by going out for a 10-minute walk. Or by having a salad for lunch. Just pick something you can do and start doing it. Small changes make a big difference!
10. “Why bother? I’m still going to die someday.”
That’s the worst pile of bullshit I’ve ever heard! Getting fit and healthy isn’t about a longer life, it’s about quality of life.
You might have many or only a few years to live, but you should think about the quality in those years of your life. Never underestimate the value of being in good health.
It’s true we’re all going to die someday, but it’s better to live with the freedom that a healthy life can give you. Living with the struggle of dealing with pain and disease will take the life out of your years, be they many or few. What’s more, your friends and family deserve to spend those years with a healthy version of you. Don’t you want to be there for them?
I must admit I’m guilty of using many of these bullshit excuses in the past. But the good thing about life is you always have a choice. It’s never too late to turn things around.
I didn’t really care about being overweight and unhealthy until I started seeing people I love getting sick and dying from preventable illnesses like diabetes and heart disease. Honestly, that scared the life out of me. That’s why I changed.
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” -Chinese proverb
Quit making bullshit excuses and plant a tree, will you?
Have you ever heard or used any of these excuses? Ever heard any others? Share your thoughts in the comments!
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This post was originally published in a blog where I write about my health and fitness journey- Wonder Fabi.