Taking apart your 5 excuses for not exercising

How many times did you convince yourself to stay at home instead of going to the gym? Procrastination tends to be based in excuses and we will tell you why all of these excuses that you tell to yourself are useless while studying at University of Stirling. So, stand up from your chair and go to the gym because your excuses won’t be valid anymore after reading this article. Get up and go for it!

1. I don’t like sports

This is probably one of the most popular excuses we tell to ourselves. “I don’t find anything that I enjoyed doing” or ” I don’t even know how the machines work”. Let’s be clear about that: it’s true that gyms are not made for everybody but you can always try the fitness classes that the gym offers every week. There are plenty of things you can do: cycle, boxercise, ‘pump it up‘… you just have to find the right one.  You can’t say you don’t like something if you haven’t tried all yet.

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2. I don’t have money

Probably in any other part of the world this excuse would be a good one taking into account that gym tuitions costs and fees are normally quite expensive. But definitely not in Stirling. Fantastic membership options are offered to students that will give you full access to the swimming pool, the fitness and strength facilities and over 50 weekly health and fitness classes. Do you imagine to have all this facilities for just £2 a week? In Stirling you can, so doing exercise and living on a budget are not incompatible anymore.

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3. I don’t have time to workout

We all say we don’t have time when the university life gets busy: exams, assignments, work groups and lectures. But we all know that this is a big lie, because there is always time to workout and there’s nothing better to avoid stress than doing some exercise. So, even if you feel that you don’t have time, grab any gap between your lectures to go to the gym (it’s only a few steps away from whenever you are on campus!). Just try and you will see how much better you will feel, ready to get back to your assignments with your batteries recharged!

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4. I get so tired after doing exercise

Did you know that doing exercise is good for your body but for your mind as well? Research has shown that regular physical activity helps keep your key mental skills sharp. This includes critical thinking, learning, and using good judgment. So, even if you feel tired after doing exercise, in the long run you will have more energy to go about your day. Doing recreational or sports activities twice or three times a week for at least 30 minutes can be enough to feel the mental benefits!

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5. I get bored easily

Luckily there’s a simple solution to that “problem”. The best way for you to stay motivated is to create a Spotify playlist like this one full of energetic music to give an extra boost. Also, you can find a sport partner to go with you or, another option, is to contact the sports centre of the university and ask for a personal trainer that could help you create a tailored training programme to meet your fitness and health goals…this way you will never get bored and you will stay motivated!

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Don’t forget to follow the Sport Centre in Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to stay tuned and get the extra motivation you need to start going to the gym right away.

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