When the topic of fitness comes up, I find that most people are either all the way in or all the way out. It’s a commitment to changing your lifestyle, for sure! But you don’t have to run 10 miles a day, 7 days a week to be healthy and in good shape. Moderation is key, like most other things in life.
I’ve been passionate about living a healthier lifestyle, which lead into being a fitness trainer. Working with many different people, personalities, and of all fitness levels. In doing this, you wouldn’t believe some of the excuses that I’ve heard. Or maybe you can believe it?! Either way, check out 12 of the biggest BS excuses people have used to avoid exercising. Plus, how to overcome some of them.
- “I’m too old” – The saying “you are only as young as you feel” has some truth to it. Many people think they are too told to exercise. People in their 70s, 80s, and 90s are running marathons. No joke, google it! Exercising not only helps with weight and health but as you get older it can improve your posture, help to boost your memory and prevent age-related diseases such as dementia. (source: WebMD)
2. “I’m too far gone” – Working out can be considered difficult at any size. Small steps are the best way to start your workout and then gradually increase. For instance, if you find yourself only being able to complete 10 minutes, then do it! Then increase as you feel stronger. Be sure to set a short term goal however, so you won’t be stagnant. Adding 5 minutes per week is an achievable goal. Excessive weight can lead to diseases like such as diabetes, heart disease, and even lead to a stroke. If that isn’t reason enough, I don’t know what is? Take it from someone who dropped over 60 pounds 🙋, there’s nothing to it but to do it. But no matter what your size, love the skin you’re in!
3. “I’m too busy” – People make time for what they want to make time for. Which means, you would have time if you really wanted to. Find a way to make the time. That might mean waking up an hour earlier, it may even mean using your lunch break to do it, whatever it takes. You only get one body, there are no do-overs. Your body deserves to be spoiled with exercise at least 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week.
4. “I’m too full” – Some people prefer to workout on an empty stomach. It’s not something that I recommend though, because the food will give you the energy, period. And if you don’t have the energy to workout, then…? Just keep it light, don’t over do it. A light, healthy snack of less than 300 calories is a good place to start. Be sure to eat it 45 minutes to an hour before hitting the gym. Snack suggestions: a sandwich made of up of 1 piece of wheat bread, a couple slices of turkey breast, and mustard; an apple with a spoonful of chunky peanut butter, or a protein shake.
5. “I travel all of the time” – This is an easy fix. Most hotels have gyms these days. That was easy. But if that’s not an option or want to try something different, I have four words for you…jump rope & tennis shoes. Jumping rope burns around 10 calories per minute. Yes, that lil’ rope is a serious calorie burner! Here’s my Jump Rope Workout: 30 minutes jump rope, 5 minutes of push ups, 5 crunches. This is my favorite workout when I’m traveling or short on time. Make sure to wear your tennis shoes. It hurts so bad if the rope hits your toe. 😩
6. “I like to eat too much to work out” – You sound like the perfect gym candidate! People who are active actually need more calories than someone who isn’t. That doesn’t mean that you should go out for ice cream everyday. Again, moderation is key. Of course, you still have to make good food choices but your body will require more calories. Your daily caloric is based on your activities, weight, etc. There are lots of ways to calculate the recommended amount of calories your body needs to lose, maintain or gain. But make it easy by downloading an app like MyFitnessPal, which can take care of it.
7. “I can’t afford a gym membership” – It’s true that gyms can be expensive. But it’s also true that you don’t need a gym to workout. Invest in a good pair of running shoes and get your butt outside! Walking, jogging, and running down the block is a excellent workout. You can still be close to home, if that’s your concern. And the calories will burn, baby, burn!
8. “I have a health condition” – Check with your doctor before trying this excuse. Although, there are some exceptions, most doctors recommend some sort of exercise to all of their patients. Adjustments can be made to be more suitable for your condition. For instance, people with knee problems can try a cycling bike instead of using a treadmill. It’s easier on the knees. But eczema shouldn’t steer you away.
9. “I don’t feel comfortable at the gym” – Try not to be intimidated by other gym patrons. There are people there who are all shapes and sizes. Plus, the ones who are fit were not fit as some point in their life. Besides most people are focused on getting their burn, not worrying about yours. Don’t sweat it! Make sure that you have your headphones and you will be good!
10. “I don’t have a workout buddy” – You don’t need one! You have to be able to depend on you, period! I hate to say, “you can’t” depend on your friends but “don’t depend on your friends”. Use it as your alone time.
11. “I don’t have the energy” – A balanced diet of protein, carbs, and fiber helps to sustain your energy. To be honest, there will be days when you just don’t feel like it. But there’s something about getting up anyway and putting on that workout outfit that can make you go from yes to no. And if that doesn’t work, try a sugar free energy drink or espresso shot. It may not be the best option but a girl has to do what she has to do sometimes, right?! Make sure it’s for an early workout. You might be up all night if you drinking a shot of espresso too late in the evening.
12. “I don’t like to sweat” – Really?! I have no words. I didn’t then and I don’t now. 😬
No matter the excuse, get active for you. Look at it this way, you are doing your part in living a longer, healthier life. Have an excuse or tip to share? Leave it in the comments!
Stay Fearless 💋