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Excuses, Excuses

Why do you skip exercise?

You know for good health you need to get 75 minutes of high-intensity exercise or 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise every week. Think about your weekly routine and ask yourself it that happens. On a good week, it does with ease. On other weeks, when you’re too busy, lazy, or sick—no.

The amazing benefits of exercise have been proven over and over, so why do so many people skip their workouts? Why do you skip? Sometimes the reason is valid (you’re sick), but 9 out of 10 times you’re just making excuses, and your personal trainer knows it!

When it comes to skipping workouts, here are five of the most common excuses people make and simple solutions to stop making them.

You’re Too Busy

One of the most common excuses people make is that they’re too busy to get to the gym. Between work, family, social events, and sleep, there’s little or no time left for a workout. When the calendar is booked, exercise falls low on the list of priorities.

When time is scarce, you have to schedule your workouts like everything else. Make time by rearranging your schedule or checking your priorities. Multi-task by exercising on your lunch break, while visiting with a friend, or while watching your favorite television show.

Too Tired

After a late night with little sleep, it can be hard waking up early to work out. After a long, stressful day all you may feel like doing is vegging on the couch for the evening. Feeling tired is a common excuse for skipping workouts.

Exercise may be the last thing you feel like doing, but it may be just the thing you need to feel energized. Increased blood flow brings oxygen and nutrients to your tired body parts. At the same time, feel-good hormones and endorphins are released to improve your mood and energy levels.

You may have to force yourself to get moving. Better yet, find a partner to keep you accountable, and do your best to schedule your workouts during the time of day you feel most energized.

Not Fun

Maybe exercise is a dreaded activity you find boring and monotonous. You don’t enjoy exercise, so you avoid it if possible.

The problem may be that you’ve only tried a few different types of workouts and haven’t found one you like. The solution? Experiment with various exercises until you find one you enjoy. You may find exercise more enjoyable with a friend or when listening to music or watching television during your workouts. Talk with your trainer to find something you enjoy and will help you meet your fitness goals.

Too Old or Out of Shape

Many people think they’re too old or out of shape to get back into exercise so why even try? Exercise may be more difficult when you’re overweight, have painful joints, or feel frail, but it’s never too late to start exercising.

Start out slowly and gradually increase the intensity, duration, and frequency of your workouts. Find low-impact exercises that are easy on your joins. Work with your trainer to develop a workout routine designed for your fitness level.

Lack Motivation

For some reason, heart health, weight loss, improved mood, emotional health, and increased energy aren’t enough to motivate you to exercise. You lack the motivation to stick to a consistent workout routine, and exercise is low on your list of priorities.

Motivation to exercise may have to come from somewhere else. You may find inspiration from apps that log and track workout progress, by rewarding yourself when you reach a fitness goal, or with the help of a workout partner or personal trainer. It’s a great motivator to know your friend or trainer is waiting for you at the gym.