Regardless of all the differences we have, most of us have one thing in common when it comes to exercise: We find excuses as to why we don’t/can’t do it. In the the United States specifically, with almost 80% of adults not meeting minimum exercise guidelines and almost 70% either overweight or obese, these excuses are leading to a health crisis. Below I highlight some of the top excuses we use, and offer brief tips on how to eliminate them.
I don’t have time
You do have time; it just needs to be it important enough. Make an appointment with yourself and make it a habit.
I’m too busy
Let’s get real, if it’s a priority, you will make time for it, like watching the final episode of Real Housewives.
I don’t like to workout
You just haven’t found what you like. What excites you? What did you love to do when you were a kid?
I don’t have anyone to train with
Grab a friend, join a group, start your own workout club. Like attracts like. There are tons of things to join and do if you just look.
I can’t afford it
There are so many different methods of training that you are bound to find something to fit your budget. An Online Personal Trainer is probably the most affordable method!
I don’t know what to do
Research the internet or find an Online Personal Trainer, that is what a coach is for, to answer your questions and point you in the right direction to get the results you want.
I don’t know where to start
The most important thing is to start, do something, it doesn’t matter what it is. Still stuck? Hire an Online Personal Trainer.
I don’t want to get ‘big’
Ladies, you won’t get ‘big’, you will develop nicely defined muscles. Most of us won’t do what it takes to get ‘big’.
I have a bad _______ (knee, back, shoulder) so I can’t workout
Great excuse, but that is all it is, an excuse. You can always do something, even if it’s just stretching on the floor or a slow walk around the block. Moving improves your body!
I am not motivated
Another excuse. If you always wait until you feel like it then you won’t do it because your feelings keep you locked into your comfort zone to keep you safe, not successful.
I worked out before and didn’t see any results
Did you have specific, measurable goals? Did you have a plan? If not, of course you didn’t see any results, you didn’t have a plan or even know what you wanted in the first place.
I am too old
It’s never too late to be what you haven’t been.
My kids get in the way
Get it done before they get up, work out while you watch them play soccer or better yet do something with them like biking or hiking. Set an example for living a healthy lifestyle.
I’m too fat
We ALL need to get exercise to stay healthy no matter our size.
I’m already thin
Being thin doesn’t mean you have a healthy body fat % plus exercise has other benefits besides weight such as lowering blood pressure, reducing stress, etc.