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Ten More Reasons Not to Workout

OK folks. I don't think I'm getting through to you. Every time I turn around, you're telling me you want to get in shape. But then the excuses come. Here are some of the more popular ones and what my responses are. See yourself in any of them?

"I don't know how to work out."

Pick up a fitness magazine or check out an exercise book from the library. Rent a workout video. Join a gym; some provide complimentary workouts for you to get started. Hire a personal trainer to develop a routine for you. You're never going to learn unless you do something.

"I'm too tired to workout."

That may be because you don't exercise enough. When you start working out, the first two weeks are the toughest. You'll feel more tired and probably sore too. But once you're past the first couple of weeks, you'll have more energy during your workout and after. If you are really having trouble getting motivated, go to the gym for just 10 minutes. Get warmed up and see how you feel. If you're still too tired, fine. Go home and get some sleep. But if the warm-up wakes you up, get your workout done.

"I'm too old to exercise."

That's not what the American Heart Association (AHA) says. The AHA says regular exercise actually becomes more important as a person ages. It helps reduce the risk of fractures and diseases associated with aging. Exercise is the closest thing you have to an anti-aging pill.

"I don't have time to work out."

Nothing is more important than your health. Three 60-minute workouts a week is all you need to make a difference. You probably spend that much time online every day. Put your workouts on the schedule. Post that schedule where you see it every day. Now when something comes up, schedule around your fitness time.

"The gym is boring."

If you do the same workout, day after day, of course it's going to get boring. Try something different. Take up swimming, kayaking or inline skating. Join a yoga class or learn how to dance. With so many fitness options, there's no reason getting fit should be boring.

"I have to go to a party / fundraiser / movie tonight."

Going out with friends is always easier than working out. If you're constantly being distracted, try these suggestions.

  • Exercise for 30 minutes. A quick workout can produce tremendous benefits, help reduce stress and give you that healthy glow before you go out.
  • Try working out with a friend or personal trainer. It's harder to skip your workouts when someone is waiting for you at the gym.

"I travel too much."

If you want to use weights, ask the hotel if they have a gym before you reserve your room. That way, you can workout without trying to find your way around a new city. You may not be able to do everything in your workout, but you can do something.

"I'm not getting the results I wanted."

It's going to take more than four weeks in the gym to change your body. It takes months of work, sometimes years. Focus on immediate benefits like a sense of accomplishment, stress relief and an elevated mood. Set realistic goals for yourself and work on taking small steps. It's not easy, but if you stick with it the results will pay off.

"I don't want to get too big or muscle-bound."

Don't worry; you won't. Bodybuilders get big through intense, carefully structured workouts and diet. You're not going to change from a 140-pound person to a 225-pound muscle-bound powerlifter in 3 months. If you're really concerned, tell me what your goal is. I'll stop you before you hit that "too big" mark.

"My doctor told me not to workout."

OK, that's a valid excuse. But remember, exercise has been shown to help in the prevention and recovery of many health problems. Talk to your doctor or health care professional and see what type of fitness program they do recommend.

BONUS EXCUSE: "I don't have time to spend with my friends."

A friend of mine used to complain she never had enough time to get together with her friends. So she called her three good friends up and asked if they would join her for a "workout tryout." Once a month, they pick some new activity and try it together.

Their first outing was taking an aerial yoga class. The next month they took some stand-up paddleboard lessons. That was followed by some morning blacklight spin classes.

Each month they're spending time together while also getting a little exercise in. It sure makes for more memorable times.

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Updated 4/16/2017
Updated 1/30/2021