Here at Rebalance, we’ve heard every excuse in the book as to why starting and committing to an exercise routine isn’t right for someone. We take everyone’s individual circumstances into consideration, and sometimes the ‘excuses’ are valid. Most of the time, they are a wall being put up by a person. Sometimes it’s fear (fear of failure, fear of success), and sometimes it’s just the story they’ve told themselves their whole life, so it’s true to them. These are some of the most common excuses we hear that are really just holding people back from achieving their goals (and in general, progressing as a person in body and mind).
Excuse 1: “I don’t know what it is so I’m not going to do it!”
Pilates is a systematic form of exercise that was originally formed by Joseph Pilates. The original forms focus on core strengthening – which is related to abdominals and back. The whole system is a full body workout, an isolation and lastly at cardio movement. You can do without any equipment or with equipment. It’s all about technique and form. Pilates itself helps strengthen, lengthen and tone your body. Not knowing what something is, is no reason to not do it. Educate yourself, ask questions and feel comfortable enough knowing you have support of instructors and studio staff to guide you.
Excuses 2: “Im too unfit so I’m not doing it till I’m fitter”
Generally speaking most people I chat to about getting started and doing fitness like the idea of getting fit and exercising but they look at the end result and not the journey. The journey, although a challenge (like all exercise) helps you grow and become a better version of you. Starting is the hardest part but once you do and you are consistent your body will reciprocate to improve you. Pilates makes it easy by giving you more accessible avenue. It’s totally beginner friendly and you can tailor the moves to your level.
Excuses 3: “Everyone is watching me and I feel self conscious”
Our internal self talk generally comes in at times tilted towards negatives. The whole notion that everyone is watching us is a self talk related to self consciousness and feeling inadequate . I can tell you right now that it doesn’t happen because everyone is more worried about themselves. Worry about the more important things, yourself, your form (so you are successful and safe) and your journey to a better version of yourself.
It’s about getting into something you like, something new or discovering a new form of movement which you can love doing.
Excuses 4: “I don’t have enough time”
In most cases this excuse is the most uncreative excuse to let yourself down I’ve heard. I understand some people just don’t have time in their lives, I get it. However with that exercises or even pilates in this case is about investment and return for your own self improvement. Time poorness doesn’t mean no time, it only means I don’t have a lot of time. Fitness is all about convenience and flexibility.
You have to make yourself available enough to get there and do it (flexibility, within reason) and you have to be able to get there easily (convenience). If you cant fulfil both eventually one negative of not doing both will become too much and you WILL fail so consider that when getting into something. Pilates is easy for both because its one class for 45 minutes and I bet there is 45 minutes in your day you can make to do a class.
Excuse 5: “I’m too old”
Thats a good one too, I’m too old. So I get this a lot because I work with a demographic that is 35+years old. People get comfortable being themselves and not doing anything – I get that, however are you content with it? Happy even? We all want the best for our loves ones but how about yourselves? Your body is a perpetual learning to adapt to itself and external environment, so if you add fitness into yourself it will improve to accommodate it. If you do nothing it does the same. So being too old is one thing but using that as an excuse to be lazy is another. Give it a go and just try something. Exercise has been shown to improve your overall life expectancy and happiness so, WHY NOT?
Do any of these excuses sound familiar? Are you holding yourself back because of the excuses you tell yourself? Sometimes it can be the hardest thing to do, but the best for us – the jump our of our comfort zone. Stop holding yourself back, stop with the excuses. Start being aware of the stories you tell yourself, and start to question the validity of them. Talk to the team at Rebalance if you feel that maybe you are holding yourself back, and you need a bit more support to get started. We will understand and guide you every step of the way.
Ready to stop holding yourself back? Call or email us to find the right class and location for you. Joining the Rebalance Family means more than just a workout. We care about your wellbeing and have a supportive environment. We prioritise your wellbeing and provide a sanctuary for you to come and relax. Workout. But workout with purpose with us!
Written by Aaron Pham – Redcliffe Manager