Despite knowing that exercising is a good thing, many of us avoid it. This type of behavior is called cognitive dissonance. We know better but can still justify our actions … or lack thereof.
Fox News reports the results on a poll recently conducted by Health.com that cites the top four excuses people tell themselves that it is OK not to work out and how to counter those arguments.
Not wanting to make others feel inferior due to how great we would look if we did work out did not make the grade.
The excuse: There aren't enough hours in the day.
The reality: You're busy, for sure. But the time is there, insists Laura Vanderkam, author of 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think. "If you work 50 hours a week and sleep eight hours a night, that leaves 62 hours for other things," she says. And the American Heart Association says 75 minutes of vigorous exercise is all you need to squeeze in each week to improve your health.