Excuses are like stinky workout clothes; we all have them and they all stink!
I’ll admit there are days when I don’t feel like working out and my excuses start to creep in. My brain starts to believe them and it takes all of my strength to overcome them and press on. But I do everything I can to fight through them and so can you!
We all have excuses and they all suck. Here’s a list of some the excuses I’ve heard and sometimes think myself about working out. I will do my best to make these excuses completely invalid.
1. I don’t have time to workout.
I think this is the excuse I hear the most from people who aren’t working out. I don’t have time to workout either, I make time to workout. This excuse is probably the worst excuse to use and I cringe when I hear it. Everyone is busy and no one has time to workout. You have to make the time in your schedule. The time is there, you’re just spending it doing something else. If you have time to watch a 30 minute tv show, or browse Pinterest or Facebook, then you have time to workout. If you say you don’t have time what you’re really saying is that it’s not a priority to you and that’s okay. Just don’t say you don’t have time.
2. I don’t know where to start.
You don’t have to be great to start, you just have to start. If today you’re sitting on the couch and your goal is to get healthy; get off the couch and get moving. You don’t have to be perfect, an expert or do fancy exercise to start. You just have to move. Find something that you find fun and get moving. If you need some easy and quick ideas; walk, dance, do an at home DVD, go for a bike ride, run…do anything that gets you moving. I promise you’re going to feel great once you get going. If you stumble and make some mistakes, it’s okay. You’re just getting started and the fact that you’re doing anything is better than doing nothing.
3. I’m not seeing results.
I think this an excuse that traps a lot of us. I’ve gotten sucked into this excuse before too. You get started and then you don’t see immediate results you’d expected so you just want to quit. I think one big mistake is that we all expect everything right away and forget that getting healthy takes time. It’s a journey and not a destination. You don’t get to your goal and quit, you keep going. Another reason people think they’re not getting results is because they’re putting too much value in the number on the scale. Results can mean so much more than weight loss. If you’re doing something you once didn’t; that’s results. If you’ve changed some bad habits to adapt some new healthy ones; that’s results. If your clothes are fitting better; that’s results. If you’re feeling better on the inside; that’s results. If you’re inspiring your family and friends; that’s results. The change happens on the inside first and that’s the most important change to make. Stick with it and I promise you’re going to see lots of results. Don’t be so hard on yourself. Because quitting doesn’t produce any results
4. My kids are always with me and get in the way.
This was my biggest excuse for a long time. My kids are always with me and it wasn’t going to change. I had to work with what I had and make it work for me. I run with kids in a jogging stroller. I do workout DVDs at home with kids at my feet. Sometimes I have to stop and parent the kids while I’m in the middle of a workout and it’s not fun but I keep going. When I first started doing the workouts with the kids around they were always right next to me and it was a little annoying. But as time has gone on and I’ve stayed consistent, they’re not interested anymore and they play next to me. I think doing my workouts with them around is important for so many reasons. It shows them what a healthy lifestyle looks like, it shows them that it’s okay for mom to do something for herself and it helps them learn to play independently. If your kids are around when you workout, don’t let it stop you. Keep at it and eventually they’ll learn to give you some space. They might be climbing on you when you’re doing sit-ups today but a couple weeks from now they’ll be bored of you doing it and they’ll leave you alone.
5. I’m too tired.
Did you know that working out actually gives you more energy than sitting on the couch? Exercise helps to get your blood pumping and endorphins flowing, which actually produces more energy that can last a few hours after you’re done. Exercise also helps you sleep better which will make you feel more rested and less tired. You might be tired at the start of the workout but by the end of it you’ll be feeling a lot better.
6. I’m not in the mood.
This happens to me a lot and if I let it this excuse will derail my progress. I’m not always in the mood to workout. I have days where the last thing I want to do is my workout. But if I waited until I was in the mood to do it, it might not ever happen. When that happens I have a few things I say to get myself going. I usually tell myself that if I start my workout and still want to quit in 15 minutes then I can quit. Usually 15 minutes is enough time to get in my groove and I don’t want to quit. Another thing I do is text a friend who is mindful of my goals and she usually can help me remember why I started and push me to get going. The trick you use might be different than me. But find something that works for you because these days will come and you need to be prepared for it. Sometimes you just have to fake it until you make it. You only regret the workout you didn’t do, right?
7. I’ve tried before but failed.
We’ve all started something and failed. If we never gave things a chance we’d never accomplish anything. Don’t let a prior failure derail your progress for the rest of your life. Perhaps you need to try a different type of exercise this time. Experiment and find what is fun for you. I’m a huge believer in doing what you love and making that work for you and your health. If you don’t love to run but tried before and failed, no wonder you failed. But if you love to dance, why not try Zumba. Find the thing that you love and I bet you won’t fail.
8. I hate doing it alone.
This excuse has a lot of different solutions. If you hate to workout alone find a workout buddy. Reach out to people you know because there is probably someone else who doesn’t like to do it alone either. Having someone to help you be accountable makes you push harder and less likely to quit. You can always join a gym and take classes. You can join one of my online accountability groups. You can join a Stroller Strides class. A running group. There are people everywhere working out, just jump in and join them. You won’t be alone long.
9. I’m too old.
No one is too old to exercise. Exercise isn’t something for only the young. Exercise is good for your health for your entire life. It helps keep you feeling young. Exercise can help keep your bones strong and help you avoid muscle loss. It helps with blood flow to the brain and it helps with blood pressure too. Exercise is really the best medicine for your body at any age.
10. It’s so boring.
If you’re bored when you’re working out than chances are you haven’t found your soulmate workout yet. A soulmate workout is different for every person but once you find it you’ll know. It’s that workout that you love to do, no matter how you’re feeling. It always makes you feel good and it’s fun. If you’ve been lifting weights and it bores you, try something different. If running is the last thing you want to do because you’re bored, don’t run. Keep trying new things and you will find something that doesn’t bore you.
I’d love to hear how you become stronger than your excuses too. We all have different ways to battle through what we don’t want to do. These are just my thoughts on the excuses I hear. Just remember to get out and try something. Get your body moving in anyway you can. I’m here to support and encourage you on your journey.