APPARENTLY hairy legs and broken shoelaces are among the most bizarre excuses to avoid doing exercise.
Research has shown that people from Staffordshire need to lighten up when it comes to keeping fit, with one in 10 admitting they take it too seriously, and more than two-thirds coming up with weekly excuses to avoid it completely.
The poll, which was conducted by Saucony Kinvara 4 also revealed one-third spend more time worrying about exercise than actually doing it.
Tiredness was the ultimate excuse, with feeling unwell and wanting more sleep next on the list. Other excuses ranged from bizarre to plain lazy – with ‘a piece of cake is calling’, ‘broken shoelaces’ and ‘too much ironing’ featuring in the poll.
While three-quarters admitted they invented excuses to avoid exercise for personal benefit only, one in four conjured them up for the benefit of their partners. It’s not just excuses either – with one-fifth of those polled having lied about doing exercise when we haven’t done any at all.
“We’re forgetting the fun side of exercise and either taking it far too seriously or conjuring up a raft of excuses to avoid it entirely, said Jonathan Quint, marketing manager for Saucony UK and Ireland.
“We want the nation to lighten up and enjoy themselves, whether that’s going for a short run or hitting the gym.
Nick Anderson, Saucony coaching ambassador and founder of fitness coaching company Running With Us, gives his top tips for ditching the excuses and enjoying exercise:
1. Buddy up with reliable friends who will stick to a training session meet-up.
2. Treat it like a meeting – ring-fence a time and day as a standing meeting with your trainers, even if it is just a 15 to 20-minute run.
3. Remember that however short your burst of exercise, it will always make you feel good.
4. Don’t forget to snack and hydrate – being fed and watered helps you to stay energised. Don’t let being disorganised with nutrition be an excuse.
5. Have a goal no matter how small – be realistic. Or have a cause and a reason to do your exercise. Don’t do it just for the sake of it
6. Make it fun – run with a smile. Love every run and make every run count
* Run in your favourite park
* Choose a new route every day
* Run off-road
* Take your running shoes on holiday with you to explore and enjoy new surroundings