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Top 10 Excuses Not to Workout

As the saying goes, “Everyone has one and they all stink”.  The only way to reach your goals and turn your dreams into a reality is to be stronger than your excuses.  I had my own excuses.  I still come up with some sometimes, but instead of blowing off what I am supposed to do I make sure that I get it done.  I feel a lot better about being stronger than my excuse.

Going into the gym intimidates me. (You are going for yourself.  Don’t worry about what anyone else thinks.  Don’t let someone else stand in the way of your goals.  Especially yourself.   Focus on yourself and you will see improvements.  If you are still worried about setting foot in a gym, try working out at home.  You can even have a trainer come to your house.)

I’ve never worked out before.  I wouldn’t know what to do. (Hire a trainer or go with someone who knows what they are doing.  Having someone with you will also help with motivation.)

Every time that I work out I get so sore that it takes me a week to recover.  (You will get lactic acid build up in your muscles.  Especially when they haven’t been used for a while.  The more often that you workout the less you will be sore. Get through the first one or two weeks of it and you will be fine.)

Lifting weights is boring.  Running is boring. (You can get a workout done in 25 minutes.  You should also change your workouts up.  I change my workouts every day.  I also run trails with my dogs outside.  The scenery and my dogs cure my boredom.  When you are seeing results, you won’t be as bored.  If you feel like you can’t take it anymore because you are bored try something different.  If your gym has different classes, you should be able to find something that you like.  You will also have other people going through it with you.  You can try workout programs like P90X and Insanity.)

I’m too out of shape. (I’m not sure how people come up with this excuse.  This should be the reason that you get into the gym.  Get active.  Get into shape.  Start a good mix of cardio and weight training.  You aren’t going to get into shape without training.)

I’ll do it tomorrow.  (The best time to start is right now.  The longer you hold off on starting the harder it is to start.  The sooner you start, the sooner you can feel the benefits of transforming your body and your life.)

I can’t afford a gym membership.  (Have you check all of your options on gyms in your area or are you just saying that?  There are a lot of bodyweight exercises that you can do at home.  So if money is keeping you out of the gym, get it done at home.)

I’m too old.  (You are never too old to start.  Just because you are old doesn’t mean that you can’t workout.  After 12 weeks, you will feel like you are 10 years younger.  I’m doing things that I never thought that I would be doing.  Such as Spartan Races and Tough Mudders.  I’m 46 and don’t consider myself old.  But when I was 45, I was old.)

I don’t want to get too muscular.  (Your body can make some drastic changes but you probably won’t be competing in the Mr. Olympia or Ms. Olympia.  Set goals for where you want your body to be.  Your workouts and nutrition can help you get there and you can switch some things up if you feel like your results are to extreme.)

I don’t have time.  (You can get your workouts done in 25 minutes 3 or 4 days a week.  That is enough time to make a change.  I workout for about an hour 5 days a week and I run for about 45 minutes 5 days a week.  I’m addicted to it and I have goals that are centered around my training.   You could wake up earlier and workout.  If you workout in the morning, then you will feel more awake for the rest of the day.  How much time do some people waste during the day?  One less episode of Honey Boo Boo.)

Do you want it bad enough?  Are you learning to S.W.I.M.™?




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