Myths And Misconceptions Regarding Exercise

Posted by Blooms The Chemist on 1 Sep 2023

Myths And Misconceptions Regarding Exercise

Finding the correct information about exercising and what is right for you can be tricky, especially if you need clarification on whether your reading information is credible.

We explore some myths around exercise.

MYTH: I don't have enough time

With today's pace of life, finding time for physical activity in your day-to-day life can be tricky. Some things you can do instead are^:

  • Think small and consider shorter timed sets of exercise instead of focusing on long periods
  • Plan and see what time is free and decide you're going to use it to exercise

MYTH: You need to stick to a rigorous routine to see benefits of exercising

If you haven't been exercising regularly, it may feel overwhelming to start again. It's essential to stay within your limits, and think of simple activities that can get you up and moving again. Some of these activities include^^:

  • Walking to your local shopping centre instead of driving (if it is close enough)
  • Gardening
  • Household chores, including vacuuming and sweeping

MYTH: The weather has to be perfect for you to exercise

While walking by the beach on a sunny day can be great for your mood, there are plenty of exercises you can do that aren't relying on the weather. These include^:

  • Indoor cycling
  • Indoor swimming
  • Stair climbing
  • Having a range of indoor and outdoor activities to choose from that you enjoy

MYTH: I'm too old to exercise

You're never too old for exercising, but we found some suggestions that may help you become more active^:

  • Learn a new skill like ballroom dancing or swimming
  • Stay active every day with a walk before breakfast or after dinner


^Better Health Victoria, Physical activity - overcoming excuses, accessed September 1 2023

^^Healthdirect, exercise and mental health, accessed September 1 2023