I must say, over the years I have come across many excuses why people can’t workout. It’s amazing what people come up with when they don’t want to do something. In fact, I can remember when I used to make every excuse under the sun why I couldn’t make it to the gym or get my workout in. “I’m too tired”, “It’s boring”, “It’s too expensive” were all some of the common excuses I used to make. If this sounds like you, here are some of the most common exercise excuses you need to stop today so that you can start working towards your health and fitness goals.
1. I’m too tired
This used to be my go-to excuse when I did not want to go to the gym. Now, I don’t want you running yourself into exhaustion, but if this is a common excuse for you, it’s time to say goodbye. Sometimes we aren’t at our best, but remember, you don’t always have to give it 110%. Showing up and doing something is way better than not doing anything at all. Once you miss one workout, then you are far more likely to fall into the trap of missing the next, and then the next and so on. Did you know exercise can actually help with giving you energy and waking you up? Exercise also stimulates the release of endorphins (your feel-good hormones), so you will actually often end up feeling better AFTER the workout.
2. The gym is too expensive
A gym membership can definitely be expensive, but don’t let that be the reason you aren’t getting fit and healthy. There are plenty of things you can do that doesn’t involve a costly membership. That’s why, in my F.I.T. programs I give the option of workouts you can do at home with minimal investment in equipment. You can also pick up cheap second-hand equipment if you want to save on costs. I have also plenty of 'no equipment workouts' on my YouTube channel that you can do at home. There are plenty of options for you, that won't cost an arm and a leg, so don’t let money be an excuse.
3. But exercise is so boring
You can love exercise, or you can hate it. It just depends on how you go about it. If you find exercise boring, and you are using this as an excuse from getting fit and healthy, then it’s time to shake things up a little.Exercise doesn’t need to be boring, or something you find a chore, you will just need to find something you enjoy. Perhaps it’s picking up a social sport, or getting a buddy to workout with. Either way, rather than sitting there and saying it’s boring, start looking for ways you can make it fun.
4. I don’t have enough time
Everyone is busy these days. The major difference between someone who exercises and some who doesn’t isn’t that they have more time, it’s just that they make exercise a priority in their daily schedule. If not having enough time is your main excuse, perhaps it’s time to sit down and reshuffle a few things in your calendar and start scheduling in your exercise sessions. Exercise doesn’t need to take hours upon hours either. In fact, you can get effective workouts done in 10 to 20 minutes if you need to. Check out my 10-minute F.I.T. Blaster workout program here.
5. I don’t know how to train properly
If you are new to exercise I know it can feel a little daunting when you first start out. But don’t let something new and unknown stop you from achieving what you want. All experts were beginners once, and everyone has to start somewhere. There are so many different resources online that can help. This is also why in my F.I.T. program you have access to an exclusive forum, with a panel of experts, to help you with any nutrition or fitness related questions. I want to provide the best support possible to anyone who is on my programs, so they can have access to all the important information they need to get fit and healthy.
6. I’m worried about being judged by experienced gym goers
Everybody has to start somewhere and any experienced gym goer, who has been working out for some time, has been a 'beginner' too. The thing is, experienced gym goers are too busy with their own workouts to pay attention to what anyone else is doing. So stop worrying about what people will think, and just get to it.
7. I’m not motivated enough
Guess what? You aren’t born with motivation to do something. In fact, motivation is something you actually need to work at on a daily basis. However, not having any motivation is not a good excuse. If the overall task or goal is a bit too overwhelming, break it down into smaller, more manageable chunks. Once you achieve one small thing, then you will feel motivated to keep going, and so and so on. There are days that I don’t want to workout or go to the gym, but then I always go back to my goals and remember how good being fit and healthy makes me feel.
So no more excuses!! Now is the time to get fit and healthy and become the best person you can possibly be.