Common Exercise Excuses and How to Beat Them

What’s keeping you from working out? Whether it’s too little time, not enough energy, or just hating to exercise, I have solutions for you. Get ready to get motivated.

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Excuse #1 – Inadequate Time

If you don’t have a long stretch of time, you could break up your workout into shorter sessions. Some activity is better than none. I believe that we find time for things that are important to us,so make exercising a priority! One of my favorite tips is to get moving during TV time! How much television do you watch? The average show is 30-45 minutes – the perfect time to use resistance bands for strength training or walk in place on a treadmill or elliptical.


Excuse #2 – I’m Too Tired

It really is scientifically proven:working out actually gives you more energy. Your body makes feel-good hormones (endorphins), and exercise gets your blood pumping. It helps me to work out in the morning, before my day gets away from me. But if you’re not a morning person, don’t worry. Exercise when you feel best.


Excuse #3 – I Don’t Get a Break From the Kids

One of my favorite things to do is to exercise with my kids. While they’re playing outside, I enjoy walking or jogging around the playground. During their games or sports practices, walk briskly around the field. I also enjoy biking with my kids down my neighborhood sidewalks and trails. When the weather’s bad, try active video games like “Dance Dance Revolution,” “Wii Sport,” and “Wii Fit.” When mom and dad are more fit and have more energy, the whole family benefits!


Excuse #4 – Exercise Is Boring

There are so many types of exercises. The secret is to find one you love! Try inline skating, dancing, or gardening. Join a sports league. Or go dancing. There’s an exercise for everyone. If exercise is more enjoyable for you, you’ll want to do it more often. And remember to mix it up so you don’t get bored!


Excuse #5 – I Just Don’t Like to Move.

First, figure out why. Is it that you don’t like getting sweaty? You can work out indoors where it’s air-conditioned. You can swim so you won’t notice any perspiration. Or try a low-sweat activity, like gentle types of yoga.

Is it hard on your joints? Head for the pool. Exercising in water is easier on your joints. The stronger your muscles get, the more they can support your joints and the less you’ll hurt. If your physical limitations are more serious, check with your doctor, or find an athletic trainer who can help you figure out exercises that are still safe and easy to do.

If you’re self-conscious about your weight, you could start by walking with friends, working out in the privacy of your home, or exercising with a trainer who’s supportive.


Excuse #6 – I’ve Tried Before

Set goals that are small and realistic. Then you’re more likely to feel like a success, not a failure. It also helps to keep a log and post it somewhere public – that’s one of the reasons why my Facebook Challenge Groups are so successful! Friends and family can easily encourage you when you tell them about your accomplishments. A log also helps you see if you’re starting to fall off the wagon (or the treadmill). Need more encouragement? Find an exercise buddy who will help keep you accountable. You will be more likely to show up for a workout if you know someone is expecting you to be there.


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