Top ten excuses and how to combat them!

by Lee-Anne Wann on April 28, 2021

Top ten excuses for not working out and how to beat them! It’s hard to stay motivated, especially if you’re at the beginning of your fitness journey or rallying to get started again. You are not alone and here is a list of the top work out excuses I often here and how YOU can combat them.

1. It’s been a hard day at the office.

It’s easier for many people to exercise before work or at lunchtime with friends rather than trying to get some exercise in at night after a long day. Starting your day with exercise helps with mood management, increases fat burning and helps with brain function. Keep it short and achievable – just 12 mins of some dynamic moves such as jumping jacks, DB punching, press ups or squats will set you up for a great day.

It’s hard to stay motivated, especially if you’re at the beginning of your fitness journey or rallying to get started again. Lee-Anne

2. I’m too tired/can’t be bothered.

Use my 10-minute rule. Start some form of exercise or movement aiming to complete only 10 minutes. If you still feel exhausted or tired, then stop and leave for the next day. 90% of the time you will want to carry on as energy creates energy. The hardest part is getting started so having a very small-time goal makes it easier to start doing something.

3. I can’t afford/find childcare.

Now I hear you with this – carving out time and money for yourself when you have children can be a big challenge for many. Sharing childcare with friends or others while you exercise is a great way to split the cost. Get 3-4 friends together who are in the same position and have 1 person mind the children while the others exercise and rotate the role every week or exercise session or you could all chip in for one childcare minder and split the cost.

4. I don’t feel 100 per cent.

Exercise is not always your best option if you are under the weather or feeling a little unwell. Try adding in some extra water and having a green tea with a little coconut oil to see if this will pep you up and give you a little more energy. Even if it doesn’t water is excellent for the body especially if you are not 100% and green tea and coconut oil provide great antioxidants and boost your immunity. I am a big fan of increasing my Vitamin C dose when feeling a little low and I use Axanta Supplement to give me a boost as like many of us I cannot afford to get rundown.

5. It’s raining outside.

I’m not a fan of training in the rain so I always have 2-3 back-up options if the weather is not playing fair. A home circuit is easy and efficient using exercises like press ups, squats, lunges, jumping jacks none of which need equipment or grab some exercise DVD’s, I still love Tracy Andersons exercise programs for great toning at home or put on some loud music and dance around the house with the kids or on your own if you’re game. Any movement is great movement.

6. I’m hung over.

Start with a good dose of water and a tbsp. of apple cider vinegar, 3 x Vitamin C and 1 x Colamina to help detox and flush the system out and aim for short and sweet to help the body recover. No, you will never feel like doing it, but you will love yourself after for it. Try for 16 mins of interval training on the bike, X-Trainer or walk/runs completing 20 seconds of fast pace followed by 40 seconds slow pace for the entire 16 mins.

7. I don’t have time.

Starting at the beginning of the week make some 30 minute ‘specialist’ appointments in your schedule as you would for the doctor or a business meeting. Put in 1 or 2 more than you would like to complete for exercise sessions, so you have some back-up times in case something comes up and throws your schedule out a little. Leaving exercise to chance most often means to it get put far down the list to things to do. Make yourself a priority and as important as your other commitments.

8. I want to spend time with my friends instead.

Make it social, catch up for a chatter while doing some exercise or movement or meet for a coffee somewhere that you can walk to or grab your friends and try a new class or get some dancing in. Spending time with friends can be a great way to schedule in exercise and socializing together and you will be more likely to stick with it.

9. I’m too stressed.

We need to be selfish and prioritise ourselves. We are stronger and better able to manage stress when we make time for our own exercise and healthy habits. Try taking 5 min slots during the day to stretch a little or a quick walk around the block or up the stairs at the office to help reset the mind and body and clear the head. Also ensure you have nutritional support by avoiding sugar and processed foods, stay hydrated and I like to use a high-level antioxidant to help manage stress such as Axanta.

10. I’m injured.

Many injuries recover better from some form of movement for blood flow and healing to occur optimally. Swimming is always a great option; a yoga class is always effective, and the instructors can always work around injuries so be sure to tell them before you start the class. Biking can help immensely with knee problems or injuries and is low impact. Your Doctor or physio will also be able to tell you what you can and cannot do in terms of movement so also be sure to ask them. Look it as an opportunity to try something new rather than a set-back.