The Biggest Excuses Not to Exercise: Debunked!

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According to the Department of Health and Human Services, more than 30 percent of Americans are obese (defined as having a BMI rating of 30 or more). That equates to roughly 90 million people. Unfortunately, the knowledge of this statistic alone is not sufficient enough to create a positive trend toward diet and exercise; instead, many people rely on age-old excuses to justify their condition.

Arguably the most common excuse, "I don't have enough time to exercise," is the silliest. How is it possible that with all of the technology available, helping us to do things faster and more efficiently, we can't carve out a slice of time for our own health? Exercise, while it does have some marginal immediate benefits, is at its most powerful when done consistently over time; there is no instant result,so it doesn't receive a spot near the top of the list for most people. We manage to find time to upload videos of ourselves doing who knows what absurdity or staying up through all hours of the night playing video games or sending thousands upon thousands of text messages per day. Certainly some of that time can be devoted to working out. Placing the blame on a lack of time is a bit dishonest. The reality is everyone has the same amount of time, 24 hours per day. The truth of the matter is that it all comes down to priorities.