Excuses, excuses, excuses…

There’s no doubt that exercise is incredibly important for your physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing. We’ve heard about the benefits of exercise – but why is it so difficult to muster up the motivation to do it?

The list of excuses is endless – and we’ve all been guilty of using one at some point to avoid doing exercise. Exercise is one of those things where it’s definitely easier said than done… Plus, there’s no doubt about it: the older we get, the harder it is to exercise. Work, study, family, friends… These commitments can easily eat up the majority our day.

However, exercise is key to living longer! Heart disease is the leading cause of death (amongst Australian men), but regular exercise can help keep your heart healthy!

Students in the strength & conditioning room at the UTS Moore Park Precinct

It’s time to debunk a few exercise myths that stop us from living an active and healthy lifestyle.

#1: I don’t have enough time!

Being busy is unavoidable – trying to juggle all our responsibilities can take up a huge portion of our day. However, taking a little bit of timeout to do at least 30 minutes of physical activity can be the starting point that you need to begin exercising regularly. Going for a walk during your lunch hour or after dinner, exercising while watching television, or incorporating more stretches into your work day – these little changes can make a huge difference. You just have to start!

#2: I’m too tired!

This is an easy excuse to fall back on… But it’s still just that: an excuse! No matter how tired you think you are, doing some exercise will actually give you energy! You’ll feel more awake and more energised. Plus, engaging in physical activity will strengthen your body internally and externally, making you more equipped to deal with everyday challenges.

#3: I don’t know how to exercise properly!

This is another common concern that people have that stops them from exercising. However, this is one that can easily be overcome with some research. There are plenty of online videos and tutorials that show you the correct posture, movement and technique to ensure that you do not injure yourself. Make sure it’s coming from an exercise professional! Plus, asking a friend or partner to judge your technique is another great way to ensure that you’re doing the right thing and stick to it.

Sports Hall at the UTS Moore Park Precinct

Finding the motivation to incorporate exercise into your everyday routine is the hardest part. But once you start, you’ll instantly reap the benefits! Regular exercise helps maintain quality of life, improves mood and mental health and reduces the risk of chronic diseases in the long term.

So… what are you waiting for?

Find out more about sport and exercise at UTS

While it’s Exercise Right Week (20-26 May 2019), check out these interesting reads compiled by expert exercise and sport scientists and exercise physiologists at Exercise Right Australia:

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