No More Excuses: Learn how to Stay Motivated for Gym Workouts

Get Motivated for your Gym WorkoutI’ve heard every excuse in the book, and have used many of them myself over the years, to avoid getting to the gym. You’re tired, you don’t have time, you’ll miss the football game, or maybe you don’t feel comfortable working out in public. No more excuses!

I’ve scripted a full list of the most common excuses we’ve all use to avoid our regular gym workout, and easy solutions to stop using them.

I’m just too tired in the morning…

This is by far the most common excuse we use to avoid a gym workout. Fortunately, there are a few easy ways to get around it. The most obvious is to get to bed earlier. It’s so easy to hit the “snooze” button, waking up just in time to get ready for work instead of hitting the gym first. Get more sleep, and you won’t be so tired.

Unfortunately, getting to bed earlier isn’t always an option. Instead, you could grab a stiff cup of coffee or take a quick shower to wake you up. Alternatively, move your workout to the afternoon or evening.

It’s been a long day, I’ll just stay home.

Many of us come home from work with every intention of going to the gym after. Then we sit on the couch and never get back up. You can avoid this by cutting out the trip home altogether. Bring your workout clothes with you to work and get changed before you leave, or change at the gym when you get there. You’ll save time, gas and the regret of missing another day at the gym.

I can’t afford a gym membership.

You don’t actually have to go to a gym to workout. There are plenty of exercises you can do at home, and for the most part, you won’t need to purchase expensive equipment either. Don’t have a mat? Use a blanket. Don’t have weights? Use your (husbands?) bowling ball as a medicine ball. None of the above? Do squats, lunges, sit-ups, and push-ups. Taking a run through the neighborhood park is always a great idea, too. If all else fails, grab a towel from the closet and follow SixPackShortcuts founder Mike Chang’s full body towel workout. You won’t believe how easy and effective it is!

I’m not comfortable working out in public.

First of all, you shouldn’t be concerned with other people, only yourself. After all, you’re not working out for them. You’re working out for you, and you only. Secondly, refer to the previous solution.

I’m just not motivated…

Motivation is the key to working out, and when you don’t have it, you must find a way to get it. Being fit and active is the number one way to salvage your health. It’s a great emotional booster, too. Once you start working out, you will feel better, both physically and emotionally, which helps you to stay motivated. But getting there can be tough. Try to find a workout buddy or two. You can support them as they do the same for you.

Most of all, you need to set goals for yourself. I’m not talking about a goal to lose 100 pounds, or several inches off your waistline. You need short-term goals. Maybe you want to participate in the next 5k run. Set a goal to walk/jog/run a bit further each week. Every time you accomplish a small goal, you’re motivating yourself to reach the long term goals. If you only set big weight-loss goals, a single setback can ruin everything.

Bad weather, I’ll skip today.

If you think it’s too hot, too cold, too wet, or whatever the weather might throw at you, it’s no excuse to skip your workout. If it’s hot, cold or raining, hit the gym. If there’s a tornado outside, workout at home.

I just can’t spare the time!

We’re all super busy throughout the day, but there’s always a way to schedule in your exercise. If you treat fitness like one of the most important aspects of the day, just like work, you will find a way to schedule it in. But maybe you literally don’t have time for a gym workout some days. There are some excellent workouts you can do in just a few minutes.

Mike Chang’s 5 Minute Ab Workout is one of my favorites. You can do it at home and you won’t need a single scrap of exercise equipment. All it takes is 5 minutes, any non-carpeted surface, and two small towels (wash cloths or hand towels will do). It works out just about every muscle in the body, but especially the abs, and you can do it anytime; when you wake up, when you get home, after dinner or even right before bed. You can find 5 minutes!

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