Here are 10 misconceptions people have about fitness and their corresponding truths:
1. “I lack motivation”
The truth is you may not be motivated because you haven’t found an activity that you enjoy. Consider trying activities like yoga, hiking, tennis, pickleball, or basketball that you may look forward to.
2. “I need to go to the gym 5 days a week to get in shape”
This is not true. People may skip going to the gym altogether if it requires too much commitment. Lower your expectations and focus on strength training 3 times a week along with daily movement to stay fit.
3. “I need to do cardio to lose weight”
Cardio can be mentally challenging and require discipline, which can be a deterrent for some. However, it’s not necessary to lose weight. You can achieve weight loss goals by walking more and eating less.
4. “I’m too busy”
Being busy is not an excuse for not exercising. Even busy people like Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg find time to work out. It’s just a matter of prioritizing exercise in your life.
5. “Working out is a waste of time”
Neglecting your health now may have negative effects in the future. Make exercise a priority to stay healthy and energized as you age.
6. “I’m too tired to work out”
You may feel tired because you don’t exercise. Exercise can actually increase your energy levels and improve your mood. Once you make exercise a habit, you’ll see a significant improvement in your energy levels.
7. “I can’t afford a gym membership”
You don’t need a gym membership to stay fit. Simple activities like walking, running, sit-ups, pull-ups, and push-ups require no equipment and are free.
8. “I’m not athletic”
Fitness and movement are in your genes. You may lack self-belief, but athleticism is not something you lack inherently.
9. “I’m too old to start working out”
Age is not a barrier to exercise. Everyone can benefit from physical activity, regardless of their age. Don’t let your age stop you from staying fit.
10. “I don’t know what to do”
It’s normal to feel unsure about what exercises to do when you first start. Don’t be afraid to ask a friend who works out for help. They may be more than happy to guide you.