Excuses, Excuses, Excuses

03.28.2012 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

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By Becky Johnson, Certified Personal Trainer (ACE); IBNFC Certified Nutrition Coach

To make fitness part of your life, you need to identify your roadblocks and find the motivation to move past them. If you want to work out but you keep coming across excuses for not sticking to your plan - this post is for you!

This week is a very busy week for me: A schedule full of clients, classes to teach and other work responsibilities, along with the demands of a family that includes two boys (ages 12 and 15). BUT I’m going to Florida next week for Spring Break to visit my parents and swimsuit time = motivation.

I have to be extra diligent about my workouts and nutrition, even though stress and time restraints make it difficult to stick to my fitness schedule. Instead of ditching my workouts completely, I have made a plan to shorten them and increase the intensity. As far as nutrition goes, I planned all my meals on Sunday so I’m prepared and won’t need to stray through a drive-thru.

Some More Excuse-Busting Solutions:

Excuse #1: I don’t have enough time.

A perceived lack of time is a common excuse for not exercising. When life gets hectic, exercise is the first thing to go. It’s easy to convince yourself that the morning jog can wait until lunchtime or after dinner, and then tomorrow and then never.

Solution: Commitments, responsibilities and the demands of work, family and social life are always going to be there. You can choose to prioritize exercise right now OR you can wait until you are forced to make it priority. Unless you take care of yourself today, one day you may find yourself unable to take care of all the important things like family and business. Research has shown that people who exercise are not only healthier but more productive. Even just 10-30 minutes a day of exercise, if consistent, can provide health benefits.

Excuse #2: I have no energy.

When you’ve had a long day at work, it’s tempting to want to go home, sit down on the sofa and “zone out” in front of the television to watch Real Housewives of ______ (fill in the blank).

Solution: Schedule your workout for a different time. Get up 45 minutes earlier and go for a walk. Or keep your workout gear in the car and go straight to the gym on the way home. It may be a good idea to schedule workouts with a friend – you won’t want to disappoint your buddy by not showing up. Know, too, that exercise gives you more energy!

Excuse #3: I'm not seeing any results.

You’ve been exercising religiously for five weeks and haven’t lost any weight. You give up because you’re frustrated. I completely understand this one.

Solution: Stay off the scale! Weight is not always an accurate way of measuring progress. Think about the progress you have made. Maybe you can walk or run 20 minutes longer or lift heavier weights than you could in the beginning. You are making progress, even though you may not see it on the scale. Look to a nutritionist or a personal trainer to help you.

Do you see or hear yourself in any of these excuses?

You need to make yourself the priority, plan ahead and be patient. All three of those things are hard for us busy women, but give it a try! I’d love to hear how you have overcome your roadblocks or what motivates you.

Stay Fit and Healthy,

Have fitness questions for Becky or stories about how you overcame an excuse to go workout? Leave them below! 

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