2013: New year, new you

January 24th, 2013

Almost every single list of New Year’s resolutions includes something along these lines: “Get in shape.” Easier said than done. listed the “Top 6 Exercise Excuses and How to Beat Them.”

1.  “I don’t have time.”

On a college campus, this is most likely the biggest excuse. We have classes, jobs, friends and then we just want a little “me” time. WebMD suggests analyzing how much time we spend watching TV, or on the Internet. It says, “Use resistance bands, or walk in place. Better yet, turn off the TV, and spend your newfound time working out.” It is also suggested to add working out to your schedule so you have blocked off time and it is mandatory.

2. “I’m too tired.”

Yet another incredibly common college excuse. In reality, exercise is more likely to give you energy than take it away. WebMD says, “Once you get moving, your fatigue will most likely disappear.” It also suggests going to the gym in the morning, before the day tires you out. Exercise releases endorphins, which make you happier. As we learned from “Legally Blonde,” “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands.”

3. “I don’t get a break from the kids.” 

In college, we can exchange “kids” with “friends.” Living on campus surrounds us with people our age who we want to be around. WebMD says to “take the kids with you,” and you can do the same thing with friends. Exercise can include going for a hike, walking around campus or throwing the frisbee/football. You and your friends can even start an intramural sports team.


4. “Exercise is boring.”

“Exercise should be like sex,” according to sports physiologist Mike Bracko. “You should want it and feel good about it before you do it. And it should feel good while you’re doing it.” Exercise could be any variety of activities that get you moving. JCU offers athletic classes including yoga, kickboxing, Zumba and cycling. You could also get exercise from dancing or racquet ball. Mix up your workout routine in order to avoid monotony, or watch TV or bring a book for while you’re on the treadmill or elliptical.

5. “I just don’t like to move.” If you would rather stay in, watch a movie,  read or draw, there are still exercises for you. There are also options for those who don’t like getting sweaty. “You can workout indoors where it’s air conditioned. You can swim so you won’t notice any perspiration. Or, try a low-sweat activity like gentle types of yoga,” according to WebMD.

6. “I always end up quitting.” It is important to set small, attainable goals. If you reach your goals for one week, you’re more likely to try something more difficult the next week. WebMD suggests posting your results somewhere public like a blog or Facebook, so others can encourage you and keep you accountable. This can also be accomplished by having a workout buddy. Always look to the future for motivation.