If you caught our last post, we covered four of the top go-to excuses when it comes to working out. But we’ve all heard (and used) more than just those four. So here are four more typical workout excuses, and how you can avoid giving in to them.

Excuse #5: I can’t stick with it

Sometimes it’s easier to start a workout program than it is to finish it. But getting stronger, getting healthier and seeing real results takes a bit of time. It can be easy to get discouraged or lose motivation after the initial momentum wears off.

Try setting smaller goals along the way, so you do get a sense of accomplishment to keep you motivated. Maybe focus on how many days a week you exercise, or strive for increasing your dumbbell weights. 

Having an established routine with set workout times in your week will also make it easier to keep going for the long haul.

Excuse #6: I have no motivation

Maybe finishing isn’t so much your problem as starting. The thing is, you don’t have to start with hour long workouts five days a week. Even starting small, say with two 20-minute workouts a week, will still get you started. 

You could also promise yourself a reward for when you meet your goals, like new workout gear or a beach trip to show off your new muscle tone.

Having accountability is also huge for both starting and keeping with your workouts. Grab a friend to exercise with you, or ask your partner to help encourage you. There are also tons of classes and programs that use community and accountability to help promote the success of their members.

Excuse #7: I can’t afford the gym

If you can’t afford a gym membership, that shouldn’t stop you from working out. There are plenty of other places and ways to exercise! All you need is a little open space at home, a mat, and access to the probably millions of free workout videos on the internet. 

Also, check with your employer. A lot of companies have health and wellness programs that provide either a monthly stipend or reimbursement for things like gym memberships and exercise classes. 

You also have to think about what’s important to you. If skipping one meal out with friends a month can save you the money for a membership, then it’s worth it. 

Excuse #8: I hate the gym

Or if your issue is just that you hate the gym, again we say, you don’t have to workout there. But what’s really the issue? If it’s too crowded, try another gym or adjust your schedule so you aren’t working out at peak times. 

If you don’t feel comfortable working out in front of others, maybe see if there is a female-only gym near you. If the gym is new to you, it can be easy to feel a little exposed in the bright lights and big open space. But it’s important to remember that everyone really is focused on doing their own workouts, and probably isn’t concerned about you doing yours.

When it really comes down to it, the only person that can make you do your workouts is you. If you want to lose weight, if you want a healthier lifestyle, if you want to run a marathon or hike Machu Picchu - whatever your aim is, you’ve got to just get up and go for it. Because, we know you can do it.

October 31, 2020 — Kristin Reichert

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