We have all heard the friend who makes excuses for not working out. They say things like “I am just too busy,” “I can only go in the morning,” or “I don’t know what to do at the gym.” The reality is the only true workout excuses that are legit are sickness, soreness, injury or exhaustion. Everything else is just BS and can, and should, be overcome. Here are 10 ways to conquer your workout excuses so that you can get in shape and stay motivated to live a healthy life.
1. “I am just too busy”
This is perhaps the most common excuse we hear about skipping out on workouts. Our work, social and family lives don’t seem to mesh well with a workout routine, they say. We say you should combine these things that take up most of your time with workouts. Spend time with the family on walks, setup meetings on the racquetball court, or find dates at the yoga class instead of the bar.
2. “Gyms cost too much”
Most gym’s have entry-level memberships for as little as $10 a month. If you don’t need to have access to group fitness classes, personal trainers or certain amenities, ask your local if you can simply just use the weights and cardio equipment for a low monthly price.
3. “I never seem to get results”
If you think you are not getting results in the form of muscle gain or weight loss you might need to measure different aspects of your health. For example, measuring your waistline, heart rate or ability to get through a workout might show gains that you were not even considering. If you still don’t think you are seeing results, just remember that you are strengthening your joints and connective tissues so results will come. Consider enlisting the help of a personal trainer if you need something to get you over your workout plateaus.
4. “I don’t have any energy”
Energy comes from fuel. Fuel your body with the right pre and post workout foods and you’ll have all the energy you need. Check out our guide to pre and post workout nutrition for more info.
5. “I don’t want to get hurt again”
Most gym-related injuries are due to incorrect form or overdoing it. Rather than trying to blast away five pounds per week or increase your weight-lifting capabilities by 20 pounds a week instead try to lose one pound a week or increase weights in five-pound increments. Work with a personal trainer that will help you focus on specifics like weight loss, form, or muscle gain.
6. “I feel like an idiot at the gym”
If you feel like you are lifting too little, are not in good enough shape or don’t know what the heck you are doing you are the only one who is looking. Everyone else at the gym is too focused on their own results to look at you and make judgment. If you want to learn more about equipment or technique ask personal trainers to help you familiarize yourself with equipment and how it helps you meet your goals.
7. “I’m bored”
Mix up your workouts so you don’t get bored. Look at exercises other people are doing, read magazines, get on the internet and do searches for specific exercises that you can implement into your next workout to avoid boredom.
8. “I’ve got no one to work out with”
While it is true that a workout buddy is a good thing they aren’t working out for you. Going to the gym alone and hitting the weights gives you a chance to meet new people and avoid time wasted chatting.
9. “I’ve got kids to attend to”
Big Al’s Family Fitness, like many gyms, has child care facilities. This means parents can go to the gym and workout while their kids also have a fun time exercising while supervised. 10. “I have a social life I need to maintain” Being social is important. However, nobody will blame you if you miss drinks a few times a week because you are concerned about working off the nachos and beer you consumed Tuesday after work.
10. “I have a social life I need to maintain”
Being social is important. However, nobody will blame you if you miss drinks a few times a week because you are concerned about working off the nachos and beer you consumed Tuesday after work.