Top 8 Excuses Men over 40 Make to Avoid Exercise and How You can Crush Them
Excuses Men Make to Avoid Exercise and How to Leave Them in the Dust
By Dr. Anthony Balduzzi, Men’s Health Doc & Founder, The Fit Father Project
Throughout my career as a men’s health doctor, I’ve noticed that even more important than a man’s physical health is his mental health.
It is your passion for life and determination to be healthy that ensures you’ll be around for our grandkids, and even for that around-the-world trip you’re planning with your partner for retirement.
My goal for you after reading this list is to take our advice and commit to a LIFE (not a week, not a couple months) of healthiness.
The “time” excuse
“Time” gets a bad rap. We wish for more time in the day, curse it for moving so quickly or too slowly. It seems like “time” can never win.
However, the excuse that we can’t work out right now because “we don’t have the time” really falls flat. And here’s why.
The problem isn’t a lack of time—it’s a lack of preparation and prioritization.
The Fit Father Program founded a principle called the “3Ps,” which are pre-planning, prepare and pack.
If you take time to plan, prepare and pack, you can be free from making guilty eating decisions or from skipping the gym.
The “money” excuse
My friends. Before I say anything on the topic of the price of healthy foods vs unhealthy foods, let’s take a look at this graphic that’s straight from the New York Times.
As you can see, healthy food can be CHEAPER than unhealthy food at times!
Overall, the ultimate cost is that unhealthy food = an unhealthy body.
The delicious and filling meals on our free meal plan will help you plan and buy good foods that will keep you slim.
The “sports” excuse
The good news: you don’t have to rival Michael Jordan to get fit. Heck, you don’t even have to play a single group sport.
The even BETTER news: we have the exact workouts you should be doing, fully explained, in our proven 30-day program.
We based our workouts on real results and created them for busy men like yourself.
So, the Fit Father 30X Program is full of fat loss workouts– that you can do at home, or in the gym– in less than 120 minutes per week.
We’ve tried it and it works: you can boost your metabolism and get INCREDIBLE RESULTS from exercises that don’t require you pick up a basketball or a racket.
Because we’ve outlined everything you need to know about these routines, you can complete them confidently.
The “exercising is boring” excuse
The thing is, a proper diet is what builds your health. Exercise is secondary.
You can start climbing the ladder to optimal health with our free 1-day meal plan.
We’ve outlined a meal plan that shows you exactly what you should eat, when you should eat it, and why it will help you lose weight.
When you’re ready to tack on exercising, we’ve compiled the most effective workout routines for men over 40.
The “tired” excuse
You may be tired, overweight, self-conscious and even old.
But NOT ONE of those statements is an excuse not to TRY.
No matter where you are in your health journey, now is the time to commit.
The motivation may not come from you, but what about your kids, grandchildren, and partner? They all deserve the most energetic, fittest form of you.
How will you ever achieve will you get to a point where you are happy to start if you don’t take the first step?
The “location” excuse
Newsflash– you don’t need a gym membership or a flashy home fitness center to get fit.
All you need to complete the exercise plans in the Fit Father 30X program is bodyweight, simple dumbbells and 5 feet of floor space.
You can work out in your garage, in your back yard, in your living room or your bedroom!
Wherever you feel comfortable and motivated is the right spot.
The “unmotivated” excuse
If there’s one thing you need to become fit, it’s the proper mindset.
It can be hard to stay motivated when your busy schedule makes it seem impossible to find time for yourself.
Sometimes, it may seem like you take one step forward and one step back.
But there are tactics to set goals for yourself that you can actually achieve.
- Identify what your fitness goal is (lose weight, be more active, follow a diet)
- Think about why you want to do this (fit into your favorite suit pants, be a good example for your kids, impress your wife)
- Write your goals down
- Check in with yourself every week
Remember, you can reach out to the Fit Father experts or to a fellow Fit Father for support.
The “wife won’t approve” excuse
Here’s a question for you.
Do you really believe that your partner wouldn’t want you to look, feel and be your best?
For most of us, we know that our partners truly want the best for us and would support our effort to get fit.
If you are embarrassed to confront your partner, approach the conversation in steps.
You can tell your partner the type of food that you’re hoping to eat now, and let them know that you’ll be making time to work out at the house or in the gym.
Getting fit is one of the best things you can do for you and your partner’s future together.
And who knows, maybe they’ll even join you in the crusade!
Aren’t you ready to stop making excuses?
Remember, every single one of us have made one of those excuses at one point.
The important thing is, you’ve made the effort to read this article, and you’re now motivated to take charge of your life!
Now is the time. All it takes is a decision.
Throughout the article, you saw me bring up the Fit Father 30X, or FF30X as the guys call it.
FF30X is a 30-day program that is a comprehensive guide to helping you lose weight, feel younger and steal back the energy of your youth.
Also, our free meal plan is the perfect complement to FF30X. This guide leaves no question about what foods you can eat while getting leaner every day.
I hope you enjoyed this article, my friend. Let us know how else we can help motivate and educate you on this journey.