Every Day Excuses Not to Work Out

everyday-excuses-not-to-workoutExcuses, excuses! We each have different fitness goals and workout needs, and we’ve all come up with reasons not to meet them. Whether you’re not going to the gym as much as you should or you’ve decided to wait until next week (and then the week after that) to start a new routine, it’s time to cut the crap and get motivated.

Below is a list of common excuses that people make every day they decided to sit on the couch instead of working out. Don’t be a victim of yourself. You can overcome these lame justifications and get motivated for fitness – all you have to do is try.

  1. I’m way too busy to work out. No, you’ve just decided that working out isn’t as important as the other things you do every day. On some level, you have a point – jobs and families do take up a lot of time. But really, if you can’t find any time to get a 20 minute daily workout in, you need to reprioritize. Exercise is as important as eating, showering, and brushing your teeth. You should look at it as something that you need to do in order to stay healthy.Keep a daily log of your activities, and mark down the time of everything you do. Where can you open up fifteen minutes to fit a workout in? Remember, it’s as important as anything else. If you have the attitude that you need to make time for fitness, chances are pretty good that you’ll find some.
  2. Ok, fine. But working out is boring. It’s true that not everyone loves exercise, but there are things you can do to help pass the time and keep yourself motivated. Listening to eBooks or music while you go for a run is one way. But honestly, that doesn’t work for everybody.Those who can’t get going may benefit from a group workout session. Having others around to communicate and set goals with may help you go the extra mile. If you’re someone who can’t work with a group, then find a friend to get fit with. Having another person next to you when you work out always helps to pass the time.
  3. I’m active enough in my daily life. That counts as exercise. Unless you’re shoveling heavy rock for a living, your daily activities are not enough to get your heart rate up and keep it up in the way you need to during a good workout. You’re not exercising unless your body is working hard for a prolonged period of time. Walking around the office all day simply isn’t enough.
  4. I can’t afford to work out. Money is tight for a lot of people right now. But remember, exercise is as important to you as eating and showering. If you cut back on the takeout food and the cable bill, you can definitely scrape up $30 for a gym membership. You don’t need a fancy trainer or some expensive equipment to stay fit; so let’s not pretend access to a few weights and a treadmill is going to break the bank.If you honestly can’t scrape together the cash, you still have no excuse not to get your daily fit fix. Running around the neighborhood or doing some pushups at home are effective and free ways to meet your daily quota.
  5. It’s just genetics; I can’t stay fit! How’s your diet? Are you loading yourself up with carbohydrates and calories? If you’re pushing yourself hard and still not losing weight, you’re not eating right. The key to seeing results is dedication and patience. It may take some time to tweak your diet and exercise routine to get a good balance, but in the end you will see results. Everyone does. Work with a nutritionist or a trainer if you’re having trouble setting realistic goals, but let’s not pretend that you just can’t do it. You can lose weight and stay fit—it just may take some time. With the right attitude, and by not allowing yourself to become a victim of your own lame excuses, there’s little that can stand in the way of you and a healthy lifestyle.