We have all heard that maintaining a healthy lifestyle requires two things-proper nutrition, and being active. Additionally, we have all heard many excuses to not do these two things, and are guilty of using excuses for ourselves.
Proper nutrition is vital in your journey for fitness. But for this post, I will solely focus on working out. Here is the countdown for three of the most common excuses for not working out, and possible solutions to overcome them.
3. “I can’t afford a gym membership right now”
Having a gym membership is not a requirement for working out. Walking outside is free. If the weather is not good, head to the local mall. Most malls open early and have mall walker programs where you can walk around the mall before the stores open.
Additionally, there are many workouts that can be done from home that require absolutely NO gym equipment! Push ups, lunges, and jumping jacks are just a few of the many work outs that you can do at home FOR FREE!
2. “Whenever I try and work out, I’m constantly interrupted by my kids, spouse, parents, roommate, etc”
I know this one all too well! I’ll start trying to do kettle bell swings, only to have my son come and try to grab it. Or, I’ll hop on my trampoline to get in a quick rebounding exercise, and he’ll jump up there with me. If you feel the people in your life don’t give you enough alone time to work out, then take them with you!
Go get that stroller and take your kid for a walk. Or take the kids to those awesome indoor trampoline playgrounds and jump for an hour! Those places will get you an awesome workout, but it mostly just feels like you’re having fun. Have your spouse, or significant other go with you to the gym or go for a jog with you. Ask your parents, or roommate to accompany you on a hike or go walk around downtown for an hour.
Taking your loved ones with you not only gives you an activity partner, but can also build lasting memories. And the number one excuse for not working out is…
1. “I don’t have enough time”
We should make time for things that are important to us. We make time to get caught up on the latest episode of “Scandal” or “Game of Thrones”. We make sure that we have time to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner even sometimes a snack. So why not carve out time to work out?
Find a thirty minute to an hour slot a few days a week and commit to working out. Go for a walk during your lunch break at work. Get up and do some yoga before the kids have to be at school. There are 24 hours in a day, and you can fine ONE to get up and get moving.
So there you have it! The top excuses for not working out, and how to overcome them. Do you have any other excuses that prevent you from working out? Or do you have any other solutions that have not been mentioned above? Leave a comment and let us know!
by Shawntay Files