Every year, working out is on the New Year’s Resolution list for people who want to get fit and healthy, or who hope to meet people in social environments such as the gym or the yoga class. However, it can be easy for life to get in the way, and every year just as many people think of numerous excuses for not working out. However, we’re prepared to nip those excuses in the bud: here are eight reasons you aren’t working out, and what you can do to get over them.
- I don’t have time.
This is the most common excuse used by people who put off working out – but the truth is, you can make time, even if you have a busy schedule. Block off 30 minutes each day specifically for your workout, and you will find that you can shift other things around to fit it in.
- I don’t have equipment.
You don’t need expensive, personal equipment at home to work out. The Summit has 10,000 square feet of top-notch fitness and cardiovascular equipment available at very affordable membership rates! Or, for exercise purists, you can simply run along the street or on a trail to get a similar benefit.
- I don’t have anyone to work out with.
Summit Fitness & Sports has many group classes including Zumba, Yoga Fusion, and BodyBLAST where you can meet people and make new friends to work out with.
- I don’t know how to start.
Create a workout plan. Define the areas that you wish to improve, and work from there. Our knowledgeable personal trainers can help suggest a good starting point for you and can help you in reaching your ultimate goals.
- I’m afraid it won’t work.
Exercise means different things to different people, and you may be hoping that working out will have a magic effect upon some aspect of your life. Although you may be worried that it won’t meet your expectations, you’ll never know unless you try.
- I’m afraid of injuring myself.
As long as you take the proper precautions, you don’t have to worry about injury as a prevention against working out. Make sure to stretch before and after exercising, and get enough sleep to stay fully alert while you are lifting weights or using exercise machines. Our staff is always happy to help you with any questions you have regarding stretching techniques and proper equipment use.
- I can always start later.
If you tell yourself this every time, you will always postpone working out so that you never get around to it. Instead, as Nike Inc. has famously said for years, “Just Do It!”. Don’t let yourself think about whether now is the right time or not. Get into it, and you’ll hit your rhythm in no time.
- It’s too difficult.
Remember to keep in mind why you decided to work out in the first place. Whether your reason is getting healthy, losing weight, or meeting people, you can use this to help motivate you to move forward even if working out is difficult. And in the end, remember the saying: “pain is temporary, but success lasts a lifetime.”
When you create excuses for not working out, there is one thing that is clear; you simply aren’t yet willing to put in the proper effort. It’s important to set realistic goals for yourself and begin light so that the excitement, euphoria, and other benefits of working out aren’t clouded by failure. That is why we’ve compiled a list of classes to fit just about everyone’s schedule and fitness level. Check out our calendar of classes by clicking here!