Busting Even the Best Excuses for Skipping Your Workout


Everyone knows there are so many good reasons to work out. It helps your heart and bones stay strong, keeps you limber, increases endurance, helps maintain weight, and gives you more energy — not to mention bragging rights when you can beat someone in an arm wrestling match. Unfortunately, the list of excuses to skip workouts is almost as long. We’re too tired, too busy, too stressed, too broke. It’s too hot or too cold. It’s like we’re the Goldilocks of the workout world, looking for workout conditions that are just right. But with hectic schedules, it’s rare that that perfect moment comes. There’s always a road block making it tough, but that doesn’t mean we can’t overcome workout obstacles.

It’s true that there are genuinely times when you need a workout break, like if you’re genuinely sick or burned out. Rest days are important, too, so that’s okay! But when you find yourself skipping workouts but you know deep down you’re just being a little lazy, get to busting your excuses. Just remember these 10 solutions to get past it and get your workout on!

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No time for a workout? Oh, we’ve got a way around that! Credit: BenLucier, Flickr

Excuse No. 1: No time

Solution: Break workouts into shorter sessions

You can’t create time. But you can prioritize, and making that workout a priority, and scheduling it like any other important appointment is key. Often times it’s not that you don’t have time, it’s that you don’t find that working out is important enough to make time for. Start using time you’d spend on other things as workout time. Walk to run errands, exercise while  you’re catching up on TV shows. You have to eat, right? Walk around the block during your lunch break. Remember, workouts don’t have to be hour-long sweat sessions. Incorporating mini workouts into your day may be the only way you can get active — it still counts!

Read on for nine more of your top excuses for skipping workouts, BUSTED!Erin

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  1. I put my workout times on my calendar so that block of time is dedicated to my health. I consider it an appointment I made and its my responsibility to keep it.

  2. Sanne says:

    I used taking long walks with my newborn in the pram, I could walk for hours a day, getting in shape and my son sleept so well. And 4 months after having him, I had lost all the baby weight 🙂