We’ve been told over and over again that regular exercise is important for not only physical health, but also cardiovascular, respiratory, metabolic and mental health, yet around 60% of Australians aged 15 and over partake in low levels of exercise or NO exercise at all. We we’re told in the 80s that getting physical in your spandex and headbands was super cool and trendy, so why are people not getting the message, why as a society are we not getting enough exercise? As an Osteopath and Rehab Coach, I’ve heard a number of excuses from my clients in the past, I’m going to share with you some of the common excuses I’ve heard AND my best solutions to overcome these obstacles and get my clients moving!
Excuse: I don’t have time
Solution: Make time
Sounds simple, right? Make time. We’re all given the same 24 hours in a day, the only difference is how you choose to use them. Commonly what I will tell my clients is make appointments. Depending on your individual exercise goals, booking in a time with a coach will increase your accountability, because let’s face it, if you’re paying for it, you’re more likely to show up.
Excuse: I have an injury
Solution: Exercise Rehab!
Injuries don’t just come about for no reason; they also don’t disappear on their own. In most cases, you can actually benefit your injury under the guidance of a professional who can assist you with correct technique or alternative techniques that are safe and effective. If you have an injury, seek help from a professional first, our Osteopaths are well trained in Sports Rehabilitation and can assist you as you actively work past your pain and restriction.
Excuse: I’m too tired
Solution: Join a group
This excuse is very common, often due to busy schedules revolving around work and family life (even I’m guilty of this one). My advice in this situation is to make exercise a group activity, this way even if you’re low in motivation, if you exercise with a friend, a family member, a sports group or even in a team gym class, you’re likely to be uplifted by the energy of those around you, and you’re probably going to have a lot of fun!
Excuse: It’s too expensive
Solution: Health is your greatest investment
Often I hear when people say they stopped paying for their gym membership it was to save money. This has to be the worst excuse. To save money, you can cut costs on luxury items like your daily $4.50 coffee or your weekly UberEats. There are a lot of free ways to exercise such as walking the dog at a fast pace, interval running at the park or even home exercise routines. But ALWAYS remember, your health is your greatest asset, invest wisely.
So there you have it, no more excuses to not get physical. With so many benefits of regular exercise, you’d be crazy not to get moving more often. Our Osteopaths/Rehab Coaches at Alpha Sports Med & Osteopathy can assist you by providing exercise programs and supervised rehabilitation training. For more information or to book an assessment with one of our Osteopaths to determine your best options, call or book online today!
**The Australian Physical Activity & Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines for Adults (18-64) recommend that adults be active on ALL days of the week: 2.5 to 5 hours of moderate intensity exercise, or 1.25 to 2.5 hours of vigorous exercise.