4 Excuses for NOT Working Out!

Some people never get to start doing regular exercise for many of reasons. Although sometimes working out is in their New Year’s Resolutions list, somehow they just never get to doing it. Others do start, but fail to follow through. Find out what the four most common excuses people use not to work out.

Number 1 Excuse: “I don’t have time to work out”

Whether one is a housewife or a businessman, the most common excuse for not doing regular exercise is not having enough time to do it. But saying you don’t have time to exercise is just an excuse to get out of doing something you really don’t feel like doing. Now if you really care about your health, just like you care about your job or your family, you have to give some time for this important activity. Remember, it is not just for fun, it is a necessary part of keeping yourself healthy. Just as important as having a health insurance, taking an active role in keeping yourself healthy is a priority that has to be done. You don’t need to spend hours in the gym everyday to get healthy. Give yourself 45-60 minute 3-5 days per week and you will feel and see the benefits of being a healthy active individual.

Second Excuse: “I’m out of shape”

Of course you’re out of shape, because you don’t exercise!  But it becomes a vicious cycle, when one makes excuses like, “I don’t have enough energy to do work outs” or “I don’t feel well enough to exercise”. I have plenty of clients doing my bootcamp in Medford that start out “out of shape”. But that’s the reason they choose to start a structured program, to get healthy. So if you feel like you don’t have enough strength to work out or don’t feel good enough about your self-image to show up in the gym or fitness class, you are not going to be in better shape if you never try it. Just do it, and take the first step. Commit for two weeks and just do it.You might even surprise yourself after losing a pound or just feeling a little more energetic once you burn a few calories.

Third Excuse: “I don’t know how to start”

Some people just don’t know how or when to start. But actually, it’s just another form of procrastination, when one does not have a definite plan to do something important. You can google fitness classes or fitness bootcamps in your city and you have plenty of places to start. If you really want to do something, you will find ways to do it, right? So think about the benefits of exercise and make it a part of your daily life.

Fourth Excuse: “I might not be able to keep up”

Another excuse some people use is they worry that they may not be able to keep up with a gym class or a group of friends who work out together. I have all different types of fitness levels at my Medford Bootcamps. Everyone starts at their own fitness level and from there the goal is to improve and build on that. It does not really matter if you’re the best in bootcamp or the one who shows up every time, you just have to make an effort to make a habit of getting more active.

What do you think? Did I leave any excuse out? If so let me know!


Written by Dean Rafferty on 4/16/12