4 Workout Excuses and How To Fight Them

April 18, 2016

I started my fitness journey nearly 2 years ago and have come a long way since then. Time flies when you're having fun! Since then, I've talked to a lot of people asking for workout advice and (while I LOVE helping people) there are so many excuses I hear that just bug me. So, in perfect #mondaymotivation, let's squash those excuses!

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Excuse 1: I don't have the time


This is the number 1 excuse I hear, and I get it: between work, kids/family, school, events... it can all be overwhelming and leave you feeling like there's not enough time in a day. However, you can squeeze in a workout! I know it sounds crazy, and it may force you to sit down and plan out your day, but it's possible. Take baby steps... start with a half an hour workout then move up from there once you get into a good groove.

Excuse 2: I'm too tired


Who knows me best? Me, myself and I. So I know I am incapable of waking up super early to get a gym session in before work. That's why I pack my gym bag the night before and drive directly to the gym from my office. It works so much better for me and it's a great way to relieve stress at the end of a long day. Find a time that works for you and stick with it. Put it on your calendar, in your phone, put on those cute clothes and get to work! You won't regret it.

Excuse 3: I don't know where to start


I didn't know where to start either, which can be incredibly overwhelming. So, I started with Google and researched different types of workouts, developed a weekly schedule and watched how to do specific exercises as I was moving through my workout. If you know someone who can help (ie a friend that's a trainer, etc).... pick their brain!

Excuse 4: I can't afford it


Expenses add up and unforeseen expenses are really good at creeping up too, so how could you add on a monthly gym membership? Surprisingly, gyms offer discounts pretty often, but if you can't afford a membership, it's ok! Log into YouTube and search workouts or take your workouts outside and use steps, bleachers, parks and anything else you can find. If your budget allows, I suggest scooping up some dumbbells to take with you for extra resistance. Even better, kettlebells are the perfect total-body toner. Either way, your muscles will feel it!

We all have to start somewhere, in beginning a workout routine and beyond, but don't let the excuses stop you. Anything worth having takes time and dedication but I promise it'll be worth it! If you have any questions in pushing those excuses aside and getting started in a workout routine, feel free to email me (alissakelly1 at gmail dot com). I'd love to help you!

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