When it comes to working out, it isn’t always as easy as it seems. Everyone has good intentions and wants to visit the gym regularly, but your life sometimes has other plans. Pair that with work, kids, and having to run all of your weekly errands, and there probably isn’t a lot of time to exercise.
However, all of these things are just idle excuses for not working out, so you should do your best to ignore them whenever you can. Here are 10 of the most common reasons why people don’t work out and an explanation of how you can simply forget about them.
- 1) “There’s no room in my schedule.”
- 2) “I don’t know how to commit to things.”
- 3) “I need to spend time with my family”
- 4) “I am already worn out.”
- 5) “I won’t succeed.”
- 6) “There’s no room in my budget.”
- 7) “It is hard to motivate myself to work out”
- 8) “Exercising is the worst.”
- 9) “I am in terrible shape.”
- 10) “Something always comes up.”
- The Takeaway
1) “There’s no room in my schedule.”
If you think there’s no room in your schedule to exercise, this isn’t really true. There are a lot of different ways that you can get moving, so you don’t always have to go to the gym for hours at a time. There are so many things you can do and should do, so you can take control of your exercise routine. Here are a few ways to squeeze in some exercise time.
- Take the stairs. Any time you can take the stairs instead of using an elevator, you should do so. This will help you burn calories and it can get your heart rate up.
- Multitask. There’s no reason you can’t do a few aerobic exercises while you’re watching a movie or something like that.
- Make your workouts shorter. If you can’t fit 30 minutes a day into your schedule, maybe you can sneak in 10 minutes. While this isn’t the best solution, any exercise is better than none. You can exercise aggressively for a shorter amount of time and still get a great workout.
- Make your chores more active. While you’re folding clothes, do some squats in between each item. You may also run in place while you cook dinner. Chores by themselves can help you burn calories, but being more active with them can allow you to sweat even more.
2) “I don’t know how to commit to things.”
Many people are not great at following through with the things that they say they will. You may have a closet in your house of projects or items that you really wanted to learn how to use but never got around to it, like musical instruments, skis, or art supplies.
Exercise shouldn’t be treated the same way, especially since it is great for your overall health. Think about all the things you didn’t follow up on, and determine why you didn’t succeed.
- Was your interest real? Did you try to do things because you wanted to or because someone else made them look cool? You should always worry about yourself, even if that is hard for you to do so. Don’t do things just because others made it look easy.
- Did you give it adequate time? If you didn’t give yourself adequate time to learn something or to become better at it, it seems logical that you’ll give it up. Don’t do that with exercising, since there’s so many ways you can go about it.
- Did you put up roadblocks for yourself? Many times we set ourselves up for failure. If you hold yourself to the standards of others, instead of something that you know you can accomplish if you work at it, you are defeating yourself and putting up road blocks that may be next to impossible to overcome.
- Did you hold yourself accountable? If you don’t share your goals with others, it’s unlikely that you are serious about meeting them. It’s helpful to have another person in your corner cheering you on, or telling you that you need to take it more seriously.
- Were you honest with yourself? At the same time, you have to be honest with your goals. If you have a lot of weight that you want to lose, you can’t think that it’s going to happen overnight. Give yourself some time and celebrate the small victories.
3) “I need to spend time with my family”
You don’t have to take family time away just so you can work out. If your children go to school, you may be able to find time to exercise while they are learning. If you are busy during that time or at work, you can exercise with them after school. Perhaps play a game of kickball every week or start riding bikes together. This will not only allow you to work out, but it will also give you some extra family bonding time. Having a family is never an excuse to not take care of you.
4) “I am already worn out.”
Sometimes life is tiring. Between all the things you have to do and going to your full time job, it may seem like you are constantly tired. This is a great reason to get moving. Not only does regular exercise help you get some of the best sleep of your life, but as you start to ease into a routine, you’ll see yourself getting stronger, having more energy and you’ll also be able to blow off some steam about things that you didn’t know were bothering you.
Even though many of us don’t think about it, it’s important to have a little time for yourself to keep you from becoming irritable around your family and friends.
It’s also a good idea to not dread working out. Think of it as a deposit on your future health, which may help you live longer. This should give you the motivation you need to stay alert long enough to exercise when you need to.
5) “I won’t succeed.”
If you think that you won’t succeed in doing something, you probably won’t. When you start out in a defeated mindset, it’s hard to overcome this. At the same time, you are likely to start out feeling pretty weak, especially if you haven’t exercised in a while.
But then, if you keep at it, you’ll feel better and stronger. You’ll notice you’re able to do more. This can give you the push you need to keep going and succeed, so know you can get stronger each day you work at it.
6) “There’s no room in my budget.”
If you think you don’t have enough money to get fit, this is simply not true. You don’t have to have an expensive membership or buy a lot of equipment to work out. There are items all over your house that you can use to help you lose weight and get closer to the body you want.
You can use anything from liters of water to cans of tomatoes as weights, and in some cases, you won’t need any equipment, since you can take up jogging or walking.
However, if you feel like you need a few tools to help guide you as to what you need to be doing, you can get away with purchasing just a few items. These include a workout outfit, a couple of videos to follow, a set of free weights, and an elastic band. If you don’t know what videos to buy, you can watch some free videos on YouTube to get an idea of what’s out there.
7) “It is hard to motivate myself to work out”
Getting in shape is not something you can really enter into lightly, so if you aren’t truly into it, you are likely to stop exercising altogether. However, there are a few ways to ensure that you stay interested and motivated.
- Do it regularly. It is said that it takes a few weeks to break a bad habit, which is around the same amount of time it takes to start a good habit. When you begin to incorporate a workout schedule into your regular routine, it should take less than a month for you to get used to it. This means you’ll come to count on it and remember to do it. You may even start to look forward to it.
- Share your goals. Another thing that will keep you interested is sharing your goals and accomplishments with other people. Whether you want to lose 50 pounds or you just want to fit into your wedding dress again, talk to someone you know and trust. They should be able to cheer you on when you’re doing well and give you a pep talk when you’re not.
- Do it with a buddy. You have an even better chance of succeeding when you set out with a partner. If you have a neighbor that wants to lose weight too, you can start walking around the block together or going to gym at the same time. This means someone else will be counting on you each week, and staying accountable can sometimes help you reach your goals even quicker.
8) “Exercising is the worst.”
There aren’t a lot of people that like working out; at least not at first. However, once you start getting stronger and able to exercise like you should, it might start to be fun for you. You may really like lifting weights or doing sit ups, which is something that can aid in toning your muscles and burning calories.
Since you can work out however you want and virtually anywhere you want, you can be sure to keep it interesting. Find something you like or something you can do as a family, and you won’t even realize you are sweating the pounds away.
On the other hand, you could be thinking of how bad it hurts after working out. When this happens, consider how much stronger you are getting and all the things you couldn’t do before that you can do now. You can always soak your muscles and get back to it the next day. The fleeting pain lets you know that you’re doing a good job and building up your muscles, so don’t let that bother you.
9) “I am in terrible shape.”
Most people start exercising because they aren’t happy with the way they look. That happens to people of all sizes, no matter what the scale says. It is perfectly normal to think you look grotesque at times, but that doesn’t mean you’re right.
If you feel too uncomfortable to hang out at the gym because of all the mirrors and other people watching you, you can start with a routine at your home. You can convert your basement to your exercise room or work out in your back yard. No one ever said that you have to leave your house to get fit.
You don’t have to be embarrassed of how you look though. When you’re doing something that’s good for you and trying to make a positive change, others will notice and be proud. They are unlikely to judge you for that.
10) “Something always comes up.”
There’s always something that can come up whenever it is time for you to do the most important things in your life. This is to be expected, but it isn’t a reason to give up. While you can’t plan for random occurrences, you can have a backup plan whenever things look like they may not go your way.
Exercise is considered a good way to relax and unwind from the stresses in your life, so you should do what you can to make it a part of your routine as often as possible.
Exercise is something that everyone needs, so you must do it as often as you can. There are things that will get in your way or stop you from going to the gym, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t still exercise at your home, or do some alternative routines.
Make sure that you are exercising at least 3 times a week, and don’t worry when things do not turn out the way you expected.
It may not be easy at first, but after you get into the swing of things, you’ll notice how your clothes fit differently, you feel better, and you can even sleep through the night without worrying or tossing and turning. There are a lot of reasons why people don’t exercise, but even more reasons why you should.
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