We all know that working out is good for us. So why is it then that we’re so good at finding reasons not to go to the gym?
Because there are plenty of other activities and things competing and jockeying for that chunk of time in your day. And when the never to-do lists and commitments get together with the chatter in your mind, excuses pop up and emerge victoriously.
Here are some common workout excuses and a few ideas on how to handle them:
“I’m just too tired.”
When you’re tired or low on energy, the last thing you probably want to do is head to the gym. But it turns out that a good workout might be the best thing to do when your energy levels are zapped. The hardest part can be ignoring the couch and making it to the gym. So don’t think about the WOD yet. Instead, focus on what you need to do to get through the door.
“I’m way too busy.”
As mentioned before, we have all kinds of things competing for our time. If your day seems to always close in on your workouts, try an early morning class. Try heading to the gym as soon as you wake up. And if mornings aren’t an option, try scheduling your workouts like you would any other appointment. Make that time a priority and stick to your schedule.
“I have no motivation.” or “I just don’t feel like it.”
There will be plenty of days that you have zero motivation, and the last thing you feel like doing is working out. Everyone feels like this. And since it’s impossible to eliminate that feeling forever, you have to decide what you’re going to do on those days. Are you going to work out anyway? Or are you going to give in and skip your workout?
“The gym is boring.” or “I never have any fun.”
It’s true – the gym can be boring. Especially if you do the same exact workout every time you show up. That definitely doesn’t sound like a lot of fun. But it doesn’t have to be this way! Your workouts don’t have to be boring. And while every moment may not be fun, you can still have a good time. There are so many ways you can mix things up. For example, groups classes are a great way to try something new. Plus, classes tend to be full of supportive, encouraging people who will hold you accountable and cheer you on along the way.