It always amazed me at how two-faced our society is. On one hand, everyone is talking about exercise and healthy living/eating/etc, while on the other they’re criticizing and discouraging anyone who actually decided to follow the advices everyone is so full of.
The first one I always hear is:
running is bad for your knees, you’ll have trouble later if your running on pavement/dirt/at all.
Sadly, this is often the most encouraging thing people can say once they learned that someone decided to start exercising and already went for a few runs. There is often no alternative suggested, beside the one where you go for a beer with them instead.
I imagine the world is full similar excuses for other sports and this is not limited to running.
The second one, that I love is that once I start thinking about the food I eat. Mind you, just thinking and wondering what’s healthy. The answer is usually:
you have to eat meat and diary products because otherwise you’ll get malnutrition and sick
once again, coming from the people who survive their days on pizza and fried steaks, as you suggest that maybe having a more vegetable rich lunch might be a good idea (and I’m not talking about salads). Based on my anecdotal experience, the abuse received from conformist eaters must the be the hardest part of such diet.
Feel free to comment with the excuses you hear for not doing something that is good for you.