I’ve been known to drum up creative excuses for nixing the daily workout. I mean, all my ankle socks are in the wash. And settle for wearing old-school calf-length ones in public? I’d rather stay home and catch up on Real Housewives, thank you very much. Joking aside, it can be tough to convince yourself to get a workout in, so I’ve tackled some common excuses below.
“Between work, family, and other life responsibilities, I don’t have time.”
You miss a workout if you’re ill, injured, or swamped with a tight-turnaround project. But let’s not skip on the regular. My friends, we don’t have time, we make time. And why not create time in your schedule for a healthy habit like exercise? A one hour workout is just 4% of the day. Can’t fit an hour in? A 30-minute workout is awesome. Just remember: the only bad workout is the one that didn’t happen.
“I’m too tired.”
After a long and draining day, it can be hard to find motivation to plug through a treadmill session. But studies show that even a low-intensity workout reduces feelings of fatigue and increases energy levels. Once the workout is done, you’ll be fueled up and ready to tackle whatever comes your way. I tell my students that the hardest part is getting to the workout. The solution? Don’t think too much. Take action. Get yourself changed into workout gear, listen to a pump-up tune, and remind yourself how great you’ll feel afterwards.
“Gym memberships and studios are too expensive.”
Some high-end gyms and boutique studios can be on the pricey side, but there’s plenty you can do on the cheap. Check out couponing websites (my fave is Living Social) for trial deals, join a hike or run meet-up group, or subscribe to highly-rated fitness channels on YouTube (FitSugar and Fitness Blender have great workouts). Many facilities offer new student specials at a fraction of their membership cost. And you know my personal favorite: if you’re in the Washington, DC area then come by for G MOVES boot camp - first class on me. And my boot camps will get you sweaty and strong without busting your wallet.
“I haven’t worked out in a while and I don’t even know where to start.”
It can be intimidating to step into a group fitness class or start a running route if you’re feeling unfit and self-conscious. Take a deep breath and remind yourself that you’re doing something positive and healthy. Start small. Walk a mile or try a beginner yoga or strength training class. Give it your best shot and if you get winded during the first mile, or have to do push-ups on your knees, applaud your great efforts. It takes roughly three weeks to establish a habit, so after a few short weeks of consistency, you’ll get into a great routine and see progress.
How are these for some solutions? Trust me, it really is a good bet to go ahead with that workout. Yes, even when your dog ate your workout sneakers. Still uninspired to get sweaty? Check my blog post on how to shake off the blahs and get movin'.