Excuse number one not to exercise – “I don’t have time to exercise”

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This is one of the top seven reasons that people gave the BBC and NHS for not doing exercise, I would like to explore this reason in a little detail

There are 24 hours in a day


We sleep about 8 of those hours – average


Some people work for another 8 hours a day – again average


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Leaving a balance of eight hours to do all the other stuff we want to do and have to do – washing, cooking, travelling, going to the pub, watching TV, reading, computer games and so on.


The general recommendation is that adults exercise for a total of 30 minutes a day for at least 5 days a week.  That still leaves seven and a half hours for everything else. So where can we scrape up a total of half an hours exercise during this busy day?


  • Check with doc that you can do the exercise you have selected
  • If new to exercising you can do ten minute chunks and build up to a thirty minute session.
  • Do not overdo it, go steady
  • Set achievable goals

Finding the time:

  • Walk in your lunch break
  • Walk to the local shop rather than taking the car
  • If going by bus get on/off one stop later/earlier
  • Do some on the spot jogging during the television adverts
  • Cycle during TV programmes on an exercise bike.
  • Get up a little earlier and have a walk before work.

In ten minutes you can have a walk, climb up and down stairs, do a bit of gardening, wash the windows.

There are many clubs, groups and classes for you to join. Some, like Walking Well are designed to help you and go at your pace.


4 thoughts on “Excuse number one not to exercise – “I don’t have time to exercise”

    livvykb said:
    January 9, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    Not having time is such a silly excuse! Your health is important… Make time! 🙂

      nicwnacw responded:
      January 15, 2014 at 8:50 pm

      It’s not about me – trying to show others that it is a silly excuse and not a reason.

    livvykb said:
    January 15, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    Never said it was about you. 😉

    nicwnacw responded:
    January 16, 2014 at 6:45 am

    But……. I do say it as well, just force myself to do it anyway and ALWAYS feel better afterwards – it’s a different sort of tired

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