5 Ways to Overcome Common Excuses to Not Exercise


We always start with the best intentions, don’t we?  Yet sometimes it feels like there are a million reasons to skip your fitness routine.  In the past, I struggled to find the will to exercise in the morning and often fell back on the same tired excuse to stay in bed one hour longer.  However, I stopped finding excuses and started looking for tips to stay on track with my workout schedule.  Below, I’d like to share 5 ways to overcome the most common excuses to not exercise.

1. “I Have No Time to Exercise…”

I’m sure this is probably one of the most common excuses for most individuals.  I know it was for me.  Yet the truth is that shorter workouts can be just as effective as 45-60 minute exercises.  If you’re a parent or a busy workaholic, certified Fitness and Wellness Coach Jessica Smith recommends planning a 10-minute workout session three days per week.  We all have time for a 10-minute workout, right?

Eliminate excuses.  If you watch too much television, make a goal for yourself not to watch any TV until you perform your 10-minute fitness routine.  If you have kids, include them in a fun exercise.  For parents with small children, take them on a stroller ride for a walk around the block.  Ten minutes is such a manageable goal that once you get it down you’ll most likely feel inspired to do a little more.


2. “I’m Too Exhausted to Exercise…”

If you’re too exhausted, exercise may be just what you need.  A study from the University of Georgia found that regular exercise plays a consistent role in reducing fatigue.  Sometimes a gentle workout is a wonderful way to recharge your body and release tension and anxiety.


3. “I’m Just Not Motivated to Move…”

I get it.  Who likes using the treadmill? Luckily, there’s an incredible variety of workout options to choose from that you hopefully delight in doing on a regular basis.

Think beyond the gym walls and discover what you enjoy.  If you’ve always loved dancing, check out a local Zumba class.  Love spending time in nature?  Consider hiking or cycling outdoors.  Developing a habit isn’t easy, but it can be much easier when you find something that you enjoy.


4. “I Can’t Afford a Gym Membership…”

Gym memberships can be pricey, but there are so many other ways to stay in shape.  Walking or jogging outdoors is free.  If you like fitness classes, YouTube offers a variety of fitness channels that are free and easy to use.  Even streaming sites, such as Netflix and Hulu, offer easy-to-follow exercise programs.


5. “I Need to Be Motivated to Exercise…”

If losing weight or your general health isn’t enough of a reason to exercise, consider what will truly motivate you to get moving.  Maybe it’s creating a chart or keeping a fitness log?  Many online apps have exercise charts, such as Strava, to help keep you accountable and motivated.  Also, consider giving yourself a reward for meeting your fitness goals.   For example, if you love massages, book a massage at the end of each month if you complete your target number of workouts.


So, I hope this post has helped you eliminate a few common excuses and to let go of the idea that if you don’t follow a serious schedule of exercise that you’ll never get in shape.  There are more tips to find here, but the point is to start small and start simple.  Do something that you enjoy to get your body moving and be consistent.

Tell me, what’s your biggest excuse or obstacle for not sticking with a regular workout plan?  How do you overcome it?  I’d love to hear from you at hello@heartandsoulblog.com.  And be sure to sign up for the Heart & Soul newsletter at the bottom of this website to receive more encouraging posts like these straight to your inbox.

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