Sunday, September 17, 2017

10 Excuses NOT Work Out — And How to Overcome Them!

I’m too tired. I’m too overweight. I don’t have time. I have kids. I’m a single mom. I work full time….

It’s easy to come up with a zillion reasons NOT to exercise. How many of us keep saying tomorrow I will start? And then tomorrow comes and so does another excuse??

Here are tips to overcome the top 10 excuses to working out.

Excuse #1: I can’t afford a gym.

The cost of gym memberships can vary widely. They can range from $10 a month to more than $200. Some health programs charge $10 per month just for someone to help you. Some could cost up to $250 per month! According to, nearly 57 million Americans were members of a fitness center as of 2016. And they say about 67 percent of people with gym memberships never use them, so if you fall into that category the only weight you are going to lose, is the money in your pocket!!

Sensible Solution: Instead of putting your fitness dollars down the drain with an unused gym membership, look for more affordable solutions like creating a simple home gym and joining Beachbody On Demand, which provides unlimited, streaming access to hundreds of workouts for just $99 per year. And it comes with a FREE COACH (ME), 1:1 support and accountability, meal plans, and chances to win $$ and prizes! The result: More muscle for less money.

Excuse #2: Umm, I’m a mom - I’m way too tired to exercise.

We are moms. We run the house, we are taxi drivers, we work, we are therapists, we are doctors, we are personal chefs. Our 24/7 lifestyle often leaves us feeling busier and busier, and as a result, freakin exhausted!!! When I speak to women in my challenge groups, the one word for how they feel most they give me is, ‘tired’. And it’s not just a physical fatigue. It’s a low emotional energy leaving us feeling negative and drained. All this leaves us wanting to skip workouts to preserve what little energy we have left. And if you are like me – reach for the cookies, because using food as an emotional crutch is common.

Sensible Solution: When you feel too tired to work out, to be honest – the best thing to do is to actually work out!! Working out is almost ironic. It can make your muscles physically tired, but you’ll actually feel more energized from it. Once you start sweating, your body will start releasing neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine, and natural endorphins that will make you feel better. You are going to see a rise in your energy levels, you are going to notice a shift mentally, and you are going to feel a sense of calm. You may need to find a mantra that helps to train, or an accountability partner to kick you in the butt (ME) but you will be able to train your brain to overcome your tired body’s reluctance. Set a reminder on your phone that triggers positive notifications like “I’ll have more energy after I exercise” or “You’ll never regret a sweat session” or “I deserve to feel good and confident” and I deserve time for me”….to pop up before your scheduled workout. Planning to exercise with a friend will also motivate you to keep your commitment to exercise even when you’re pooped.

Excuse #3: I need more motivation, I have none, to workout and get healthy.

If losing weight or your general health isn’t a good enough reason to work out and you need extra incentives, do some soul-searching to find what will work to motivate you to get moving. Are you a mom? Would you encourage your children to be unhealthy? Would you want them to struggle with confidence and self loathing? Do you want to be around your family and friends longer or shorter in this life?

Sensible Solution: Give yourself a reward for meeting your health & fitness goals. And NOT a food reward!! Food is fuel, not a reward or punishment. Give yourself a reward of something you really want. If you love massages, book a massage at the end of every month you complete your target number of work outs. Do you love mani pedi’s? Every 2 weeks only get that done if you drank all your water, or ate all your veggies. You can log your workouts using a habit-tracking app like MyChallengeTracker, that you get for FREE when I become your coach and you join one of my challenge groups. How about money as a motivating factor? Apps like DietBet allow you to wager money on meeting your workout schedule. You receive cash when you hit your goals, but cough up money when you don’t. A more selfless soul? Track your sweat sessions, put $1-$5 in a jar every time it is completed and donate money to your choice of charity!

Excuse #4: I don’t have time.

We all have the same 24 hours in the day. And between kids and a commute, a job and other responsibilities of life, it can feel hard to fit a workout in your daily schedule. There is only so much time in the day and with so much on our plates, working out can often get pushed to the back burner.

Sensible Solution: Instead of trying to find time to work out, think about how you can make time. The trick is to find a block of time in your daily schedule that’s consistently free of commitments. Make it a mandatory meeting! For some, that time might be before or after work. For others, that might be during their lunch hour. Every Sunday, sit down and look at your week ahead. Put your mandatory workout in the places you have the time.

And yes, time commitment can be minimal. If you can carve out just a half hour a day for exercise, you’ll have all the time you need to get in the best shape of your life. There are several workout programs on Beachbody On Demand that are less than 30 minutes, such as Tony Horton’s 22-Minute Hard Corps, Shaun Week, FOCUS T25, and 21 Day Fix!

Many of us have ‘fear of missing out’…so we overbook ourselves because we cant say no. The key is – don’t say NO to yourself!! YOU are a priority, your health is a priority, allowing yourself to have me time is a priority!

Excuse #5: If I work out alone, I won’t do it at all.

Unless you have a crazy big supply of internal motivation, and let’s face it – if you did you wouldn’t be googling this….Working out with a friend can make your workout time fly by and challenge you to push yourself a little harder. Since there is no accountability when we work out solo, it’s easier to flake or not give the workout your best effort.

Sensible Solution: Ask a friend to meet you for a weekend run or see if some colleagues want to join you for a bootcamp, or a Beachbody LIVE class after work. Exercising with a partner or a group increases motivation and consistency.

Don’t have any friends (or at least any into fitness)? Find some by joining one of my challenge groups, or looking for upcoming fitness-focused get-togethers on Not only will you get a great workout in, but you will meet some amazing people, also on a health & fitness journey – and some true friendships can be born from there!

Excuse #6: I’m too old/overweight/uncoordinated/embarrassed to exercise.

It would be easy to assume that it may be easy for that size 0, twentysomething to just looooove going to the gym, right? What if that girl has the same fears as you? Difference is, she is pushing herself out of her comfort zone and taking a chance. Trying something new. Getting or maintaining her health. Because she knows how important she is, and that she deserves to feel sexy and confident. Whether you feel too old, too overweight, or ridiculous in workout wear to break a sweat, there is a simple solution. Start small, but start with something.

Sensible Solution: Go for a walk, with a friend, with your dog, with your kids, with your spouse. Go to a park or somewhere else in nature. Walking is a great way to take that first step to get a person moving forward. You won’t even realize how far you have gone! At home workouts are another great option since they can be done in the privacy of your own home and often include examples of how to scale up or down the workout to match your ability and fitness level. Try a program like Beachbody’s PiYo that uses low-impact but effective moves to burn fat and sculpt your muscles. Or YOUv2, or CIZE which are dynamic dance workout programs created for beginners that are so much fun that you may forget you’re working out. And make me your FREE COACH! I would love to help get your started, and be there for you! I know what its like to be severely overweight and scared to start!

Excuse #7: I get bored so fast…I don’t want to do the same thing over and over.

Who cringes at the thought of hitting the treadmill or same exercise class again? ME!!!!! The best way to beat boredom is to find a workout program that both caters to your fitness level and one that you actually look forward to. It’s also important to switch things up every few weeks or months so that you don’t fall into a “routine.”

Sensible Solution: Consider signing up for Beachbody On Demand, which includes a variety of workout programs from a handful of the nation’s top trainers! There is a range of exercise styles and intensities. There’s something for every personality, exercise preference, and fitness level. I have gone through most of them – and I would love to help point you in the right direction!

Excuse #8: I have injuries 

Exercise doesn’t have to mean grunting and groaning and dripping in sweat. Nor does it mean going above what your injuries allow. There are a variety of effective workouts that burn calories and build muscle while not aggravating your injury.

Sensible Solution: Try a slower-paced workout that emphasizes stretching and controlled movements. Beachbody Yoga Studio — exclusively on Beachbody On Demand — offers several beginner yoga classes that focus less on getting your heart pumping and more on experiencing a full-body stretch, increasing your balance and flexibility, as well as strengthening muscle by holding yoga poses. And remember - always consult your doctor before starting any fitness program!

Excuse #9: I’m a full-time parent/single mom.

Let’s be honest – kids are a blessing, they are beautiful and they fill our hearts with such joy. BUT they take up a lot of time so parents and caregivers need to get creative in order to find ways to exercise with kids around.

Sensible Solution: When kids are young, pop them in a jogging stroller for a few laps, or 35 minute walk around the neighborhood. As they get older, find ways to exercise that mesh well with your kids’ activities. Run or walk the track at the baseball field while your son goes to practice. Do intervals on the school stairs while you wait for dance class to let out. Parents can also model healthy living by finding workouts that kids and parents can do together! Beachbody On Demand now has a “kids and family” category. Whether it’s a family bike ride, friendly game of hoops, or a dance-based workouts like YOUv2 or CIZE, exercising as a family will help you spend time together, fit in your workout, and help you demonstrate healthy habits.

Excuse #10: I don’t like to work out with all those men watching me.

If it makes you self-conscience to break a sweat in front of others, find ways to overcome your fears.

Sensible Solution: Working out in the privacy of your own home solves this problem. So choose your favorite workout program on Beachbody On Demand, and with the curtains closed, bust out your calorie-burn session. Join one of my challenge groups, and have the power of strong women behind you giving you the support and encouragement you need.

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