Drop the Excuses

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While I was driving in the car yesterday, the DJ on the radio talked about a recent poll that said 40% of Americans believe they are “too old” to work out.

First of all – WHAT?!?!?!?

Want to know what the “too old” age is?


Yes, that’s right, 41. And that’s not 41 in dog years, that’s human years.

My jaw dropped as I blurted out to no one in the car, “What is wrong with people?!?!”

As someone who is about to turn 41 in two months, I can attest that I do NOT feel too old to workout. In fact, I feel better than I did in my 20s.  And I hope to still be working out in my 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s.

The more I thought about this poll, the more I scratched my head and had “WTF”  thoughts.

Who was part of this poll – 16 year old kids?  I know when I was 16, I thought 30 was SO OLD. Were these adults in their 30s or 40s?

In my years of working in the fitness industry, I’ve had many, many people who were still exercising in their 80s and 90s.  There is no age limit on exercise.  Once you have that mindset, you are screwed.

But the more I thought about it, I realized it boils down to yet another excuse why you can’t exercise.

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In addition to the “I’m too old” excuse, there’s the usual:

It’s too hot/too cold

Too early/too late

It’s raining/snowing/windy/sun is shining

Too tired

I’ve got too much work to do

And of course, everyone’s favorite – no time

The thing is, there can always be an excuse if you don’t want to do something.

It’s time to drop the excuses.

As we all know, the hardest part is getting started. It doesn’t matter if you are a life long exerciser, if you stopped for awhile or if you have never done it.  Once you make the first step, you’re already making progress. You know what to expect so that second step is a little less scary.

So let’s debunk the excuses:

I don’t have time

Everyone gets the same 24 hours a day as you.  How is it that some people have found a way to exercise during these same 24 hours? They make the time. What you are really saying is “I don’t have time for that.”  And that being exercise. Making time for exercise doesn’t mean it will take over your day.  All you need is 30 minutes (try this 30 minutes or less workout). It could be waking up a little earlier than usual, taking a walk during your lunch break, strength training while watching your fav TV shows, whatever it takes to get moving.

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Exercise is boring

News flash – the majority of things we do every day are boring.  But would you skip brushing your teeth because it’s boring?  No!  Same thing with exercise, we do it because it makes us healthier.  If you think your workouts are boring, try something else until you find something that is less so.  Try a class at the gym. Take up CrossFit.  Lace up your sneakers for a run.  Jump in the pool for some laps.  There is something out there for everyone to enjoy.

I’ve got kids

And so do I and a lot of other people who exercise. I get it, especially when you have young children at home with you. Finding time to exercise when you have kids can be tricky especially if you are a single parent or have a spouse who travels a lot. Maybe you wake up before everyone else to get it done. Or if you head to the park, don’t sit on the sidelines, join in playing tag, climbing on the monkey bars or whatever activity is going on. Or try this workout with bodyweight exercises that can be done anywhere. My kids love joining me on a run either on their bikes or running with me. Having kids should not be an excuse for skipping on exercise, it should be a reason to exercise.

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I’m too tired

Chances are your tiredness is from not getting enough exercise. Sitting at a desk and looking at a screen all day can leave you feeling exhausted even though your only movement was in your eyes and fingers. Give yourself the 10 minute rule: If you still are feeling tired after 10 minutes of exercise, give yourself permission to stop. Most times, you will forget about being tired. If not, keep trying. It will happen.

It’s too hot/too cold

Last time I checked, most gyms have air conditioning and heat.  If you don’t want to run, walk, or exercise outside because of the weather, go earlier in the day or later in the afternoon, or wear weather appropriate clothing.  (Here are tips for running in the heat , cold and rain). You can’t wait for perfect weather.  You make due with what you have.

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So for those who think you are too old to exercise, I beg to differ. There is no age limit on fitness. Oddly enough, this same poll that showed the respondents “felt better when they exercised”, had more motivation and were overall happier people.

Aren’t those reasons enough to start to exercise?

What’s an excuse that you’ve used?

I’m guilty of the ‘too tired’ excuse for sure.

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25 comments on “Drop the Excuses

  1. OMG WHAT??? That is insanity and totally just a (very poor) excuse. It’s all about priorities and what you WANT to do because we all have time to do it. And boring? There has never been more choices of workouts from Peloton to dance classes to yoga to drumstick beating – you can find almost anything for FREE on YouTube so again, as you say, just excuses. Unfortunately, all of it is hard unless you really find something you love or a group of people to do it with, so I get it but age as an excuse is ridiculous.
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    1. It really boils down to want you want to do. Saying you want to be healthy doesn’t happen by osmosis. You need to actively make healthier food choices and move your body. When the excuses pile up, it’s just a way of saying, I’m not a priority right now. And I think we should all make ourselves #1 priority.

  2. I’m 38 and much fitter than I was at 28. I’ve had people say to me “You are lucky because you have the time to run. I don’t have that kind of time”. Gggrrrrr. I get so furious when people say that when I think of my workload, the fact I have two kids and all that comes with that. I don’t have more time, I actively make the time.

    But I have been guilty of many excuses – and I have to really work on being stronger than those excuses: I’m exhausted; I can’t start exercising now because it’s not a Monday; I’ve got kids… etc. etc. I have used them all!

  3. Let me tell you, Angela is absolutely right! Forty is definitely NOT too old to work out. I’m going to be 70 next month, and I have never felt better! My friend and I walked the Camino de Santiago in Spain last fall…yes, all 480 miles of it, carrying everything we needed on our backs and thoroughly enjoying the adventure. Now I’m back home and running again, getting ready for warm-weather half marathons.

    When I was a young teenager, I wondered, “What will I be like at 50 years old?” Then came a blatant flash of the obvious, “I get to decide that!” I grew up to be pro-active in my own health: I have been a vegetarian for over forty years and have run countless races including 17 marathons. I also raised two children and taught school for 35 years.

    So, remember: You get to decide. No excuses.

    1. Yes!!! We are in charge of our choices. If you choose to use excuses, then accept the consequences. If not, drop the excuses and make it work. And btw – I hope I am doing the same thing you are doing at 70. Go on girl!! 🙌🏻

  4. If 41 is considered “old” then we’re all in trouble! LoL. I would also love to know who they polled to come to that conclusion.

    I’m 35 and I feel more fit then I did when I was 25. I’m so happy that I started working out and running in my 30’s. I hope that I can continue to workout when I’m 70, 80, etc.

  5. wow crazy answers to that poll! As you say, people have the same amount of hours in a day. We all make our own choices what we want to do with those hours. We also make our own choices and which foods we choose to eat.

  6. So many thoughts on this one! (I once wrote a post about hating exercise and basically told people to Suck it Up Buttercup. 🙂 )

    Too old? I once trained a 100 year old man. He wasn’t too old.
    I ran my marathon PR when I was 41. Not too old.
    I am now 61 and training for my 38th marathon. Not too old (though I admit after a long run I feel a little older than usual 🙂 )
    I regularly train people in their 70s, 80s, and even 90s. Not too old (though sometimes I have to remind them of that).
    My husband is 70 years old. An Ironman. Still going at it hard. Not too old.

    No wonder a good portion of the country is obese.
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    1. Amen! Obese and pumped full of medications because they feel so bad which is turn makes them feel even worse. I’ve got so many feelings from sad, disappointed, anger to wanting to do everything I can to help change that idea.

    1. The more I think about this poll, the more disappointed I feel. What has happened to Americans? What seems like common knowledge to most of us, may not be for others. I think those of us who get it, need to help educate the others more. Otherwise, the state of Americans health is going to get worse every year.

  7. Yes, please. Drop the excuses. I am inspired by a friend of mine who just ran the Athens, Greece marathon one day after she turned 80! She exercises every day, plays tennis in a league and is a fantastic runner. Great post! 🙂
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    1. Your friend is who I want to be when I’m 80. Imagine if someone told her she was too old to run a marathon or play tennis? Hogwash!

  8. The only thing people might be too old for, is their excuses of why they cannot do something. I have a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science and I am DEFINITELY in better shape now, than when I finished grad school. Then….I was in my 20’s…I had the gift of youth and (typically) always feeling good. Shortly before turning 32, I decided to get off my butt and start running. I was also a single parent to an active 2-year old boy. It has now been 10+ years since that day….and I have NEVER regretted my decision. The bonus to being over 40 (and female) and hearing about a study like that….you/we can say “phooey on you! I am a woman in her 40’s. I am strong. I am fierce! Oh…and my uterus has not fallen out because I run!” 🙂

  9. Wow. I think I have heard everything now. I’m past the 41 “too old” age, and I’m in the best shape of my life. In fact, I was past it when I ran my first half marathon, and even “older” when I ran my first full marathon… and then next was my first ultra LOL. It’s really sad that people use age (and all the other excuses you mentioned) to avoid one thing that will add years (and probably more quality) to their lives.

    1. Imagine if you thought you were too old to do any of that stuff? Where would you be now? I’m glad you never had that excuse. Keep on being awesome!

  10. We had the same idea about posts for this week! Mine is called 5 solutions to your winter running problems – basically all the excuses to why people don’t run in the winter.

    Happy running!

    1. Omg – there are so many excuses about everything especially winter running. The saying – there is no bad weather or bad gear – is so true. Once you’ve got the right stuff, it’s not that cold.

  11. I’m just a hair younger than you (39) and I totally agree — nowhere near too old. I’m in way better shape than I was at 29. I hear the no time all too often for reading. My favorite counter to that is also that it’s a choice. If you want to, you make time. I also think people use it when they don’t feel comfortable saying they don’t like something.

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