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Myth 18: You Have a Good Excuse Not to Exercise

Pediatric Fitness

Myth 18: You Have a Good Excuse Not to Exercise

There are many misconceptions about proper nutrition and exercise. Nutritionists from the Pediatric Fitness Clinic explore different myths and misconceptions, the truth behind them, and offer suggestions for what you can do instead.

Myth: You have a good excuse not to exercise.

Truth: There are so many reasons not to exercise, including “exercise is boring” and “I don’t have time to exercise” and “My parents don’t exercise, so I don’t have to.”

There are so many reasons not to exercise. Let's take a look at a few.

  1. Exercise is Boring: Exercise is what you make of it. Find ways to make it fun by inviting a friend to exercise with you, play a sport, add music to your work out, or try something new.
  2. I Don't Have Time to Exercise: We have to make time for things that matter, and exercising regularly matters. Challenge yourself to look at your day. When are you sitting and why? Is it to do homework at the computer, or is it to watch TV or play video games? How do you get to school? When do you get up in the morning, or home from school? You may not realize how much time you really have.
  3. My Parents Don't Exercise, So I Don't Have To: Take this as an opportunity to be a role model for your family. Teach your parents about the benefits of exercise and why it's never too late to start.

Parental Advice

It can be challenging to make changes - like starting to exercise. But, working together as a family can make change easier. If everyone in the family needs a little motivation, consider the Fitness Contract. It's four simple things everyone can do for better health. Read the Contract