9 Excuses Why You Don’t Exercise and How to Overcome Them to Play Better Golf
Before we get into the top reasons why golfers don’t exercise, let’s take a moment and review how bad of a problem the lack of exercise is in America.
The Center’s for Disease Control collected data in 2013 from over 440,000 people and found that on average over 70% of adult Americans don’t regularly engage in muscle-strengthening activities.
Since you’re reading this article on a golf conditioning website, I assume you make at least an attempt to work out.
Maybe I’m wrong, but regardless, even those of us that do work out still have excuses for why we don’t exercise more or with a higher level of intensity.
I think we all know that to play better golf we need to exercise, increase our range of movement, and get stronger. But we always seem to have excuses on why we didn’t exercise. Let’s take a look at the most common and make recommendations to overcome them so we can play better golf.
Below are nine of the most common reasons people don’t exercise and suggestions on how to overcome the excuses.
1. Hate to Exercise
It seems like a given doesn’t it?
Hating exercise encompasses many of the excuses listed below plus hundreds of others.
I get it, though, I never jump out of bed and say “Damn, I can’t wait to hit the gym!” But, I also know that I need to retain muscle mass, and the work I put in now will pay out in spades later.
As I get older, exercise is also the only way that I can realistically maintain my driving distance and play better golf.
Even if you hate to exercise, you need to put the hate aside and start exercising. You’ll be sorry in a few years if you don’t. It only gets harder, so the more you can make it a habit now the better off you’ll be in the future.
One of the best ways to turn exercise hate around is to make it more enjoyable.
Try to find someone else that wants to work out.
They say “misery loves company.”
Ok, you don’t have to get matching tee-shirts, though.
Another way to make it more fun is to join a group, whether at a fitness center or even an online community where you can find some like-minded golfers that want to play better golf.
2. You Keep Quitting, Why Start Again?
There are a lot of reasons why people stop working out. Some of them listed below along with ways to attack each issue.
Boredom: Exercising alone can be lonely and boring. Find a friend or group to cork out with and keep each other accountable. Mix-up workouts to keep it more interesting. Work with a trainer or coach, someone who’s committed to helping you will make the process more enjoyable. Maybe someone in your foursome would exercise with you so you both can play better golf.
Soreness: Bodybuilders say “pain is gain.” I’m not sure about pain, but soreness is a part of working out. But it ‘s also telling you what you’re doing is working. Take the time to recover, exercise breaks down muscle, while recovery builds muscle. Recovery is as important as working out.
Time sink: Going to and back from the gym does take time. Try to find a gym closer to your home or work. Or better yet, find room to make a home gym. I’d find it much harder to exercise if I didn’t have some gym equipment in the house. The more accessible you can make the gym the more likely you’ll use it.
No plan: Not having a plan or goal is a reason many people quit. They have nothing to reach for or look forward too. Also going to the gym with no plan makes it easier to screw off. Find a trainer or program that lays out a program in advance or even surprises you with workouts. Having someone else do the planning takes a burden off of you.
Taking too much on at a time: This isn’t an excuse, but it’s a reason many people stop working out. People always start by lifting too much weight, or they believe that they can do more than they should. If you make exercising too hard, you’re more likely to quit.
Start with short easy workouts, get into the habit of showing up to the gym, then add complexity and weight slowly. Making it simple not only makes workouts easier to plan, but it reduces soreness and doesn’t overload you to the point where you want to quit.
3. It’s Too Expensive
Yes, gym memberships, buying equipment, hiring trainers, and purchasing programs that work can be costly. But so does that new driver you buy every other year. If you want to play better golf, exercise is the ticket, not a new driver.
Shop around and look for gym or membership specials, ask for trials, but remember, gym owners and trainers are trying to make a living too.
You’re buying their expertise and help. I know it’s scary shelling out a lot of money ahead of time for a program. But start with an inexpensive program and see if you like how the trainer or coach. Once you have gained confidence in the person or the program then upgrade to a better program.
When you exercise or train, you’re investing in yourself. The more you invest, the bigger the returns will be.
4. You Don’t See Any Improvements
Another common problem is the lack of measurable results. The lack is usually related to poor free advice, or not sticking with a workout long enough to see improvements.
The way around this is to set yourself up for quick wins. Here’s where you should rely on a trainer or professional to help you set short-term goals that are attainable. Remember you didn’t get out of shape in five short weeks, so you’ll be hard pressed to get where you want to be in that time frame too.
We all want to play better golf, and a golf conditioning program will put you in a position to drive the ball farther and improve your ball striking capability. But remember, you still have the same golf swing. It may need work too.
Sometimes all a golfer needs to do is improve their mobility and power to play better golf. Other golfers may need a swing instructor to improve their golf game. The difference is whereas before you couldn’t get your body into good positions that would improve your swing, now you can move freely with more range of motion.
5. Not Quite Sure What To Do
Why would you know what to do?
It’s not your profession, and haven’t gone through any training. The internet throws random exercises at you, but they have no conditioning continuity. Social media and magazines show you one-off exercises that professional golfers do. What you don’t see is all of the prep work that those professional golfers did before they even attempted the workout you saw on FaceBook or Twitter.
Here’s where you hire a trainer or get into a program that has individualized programming.
Be wary of programs guaranteeing you’ll play better golf in 12-weeks that don’t have a mechanism to run you through a screen you or don’t even look your golf swing. Every single person is different, your physical abilities, your swing characteristics, previous injuries, and golfing ability. Programs made to work for everyone, help very few.
A good golf conditioning program runs you through a mobility screen or analyzes your swing characteristics. Either by doing the screen first hand or showing you how to screen yourself. Obviously the former is much better, having a trained eye run the screen gains you more benefit.
Your job is to do the work. You have to do the lifting to get results.
It’s a trainer’s job to evaluate you and find the exercises that work.
If a program doesn’t show you how to assess yourself, please run away quickly. I don’t care who designed it, there needs to be an assessment, or the program can do more harm than good.
6. Can’t Stay Motivated
Losing interest in exercise is surely a problem, especially, when working out takes time, it’s hard and makes you sore, and doing the same thing week in week out can be drudgery. Plus, gyms can be uncomfortable and intimidating places.
Many of the previous suggestions can help you overcome motivational problems. But here’s where your trainer needs to become a coach.
In fact, in all cases, you should be looking for a coach instead of a trainer. A trainer develops programs; a coach helps you not only with the exercises but with motivational and mental training lapses that we all get at some point.
You also need to revisit your goals throughout the process to remind yourself why you started training in the first place. Whether the goal is to play better golf, lose weight, get in shape, or live longer, it’s a good idea to keep it fresh in your mind.
Again, a coach, friend, or support group will always help you remember why your exercising and the benefits it will bring you.
You should never feel alone in the process.
7. It’s Hard!
But pushing yourself through the training and the process of getting into better physical shape will make you a better person.
Nothing helps the ego and improves confidence more than accomplishing a fitness goal or reaching a new milestone.
Stick with it because nothing good in life comes without work.
If the program is too hard and is dragging you down, tell your coach or program designer if there is a way to slow down, even if it changes the time-frame of the goal.
It’s better to slow down and take longer than not reach the outcome you want.
If you’re training on your own and you feel overwhelmed get some help developing a better program or talking you through what you’re doing so you can fix the program, relax and get results.
Modify but don’t quit.
8. No Commitment to a Plan
Do you find that you don’t stick with a plan for very long? Or maybe, you don’t even have a plan?
This problem usually creeps up on people using random exercises. Often the problem is confidence. In that, they don’t have faith that the exercises or workouts they’re doing are correct or will work.
Another common problem is doing too much.
The best way to find the commitment to a plan is to shorten the scope of the goal. Concentrate on fewer issues, this way you’ll see quicker improvements and gain confidence in the plan and the trainer or coach.
9. Don’t Have The Time
Sorry, but that’s the biggest cop-out.
Anyone can make 15- to 20-minutes three times a week to do a workout.
If you can’t take that much time, then you need to reevaluate what you’re doing.
You need to invest at least 60-minutes a week in yourself.
If you can’t invest that short amount of time, then you’re not doing yourself, your family, or employer any good. Because in time, getting out of shape is not going to allow you to work well, enjoy your family, and you’ll probably die much too young.
You must care, you read a 2,400-word fitness blog, so you know the importance of exercise.
Don’t say you don’t have the time, please.
Find the time and find a way to stick with an exercise program.
Re-adjust your priorities, even if your priority is your family, they deserve to have the best you, you can give them.
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