Everyone who goes to the gym has their pet peeves. Maybe it’s when the gym is too crowded or when people don’t put away the dumbbells when they’re done. Whatever it may be, everyone has one pet peeve in common. Excuses!
To (hopefully) help eliminate this, I’ve come up with 5 things frequent gym users are tired of hearing.
1. “I don’t have time.”
This is one big excuse. Even if it is just one 30 minute workout thrown in a few times a week, it’s better than nothing. You can squeeze in a quick gym session if you try hard enough. It helps if you think ahead and write down in your planner when you will go.
2. “Exercise is boring.”
What? Exercise can be fun! You just have to find something that you like to do. Try a little bit of everything. There are so many different things you can do, ranging from group classes to exercise videos. You can even join an intramural sport! Surely there is something out there that you will enjoy.
3. “The rec is intimidating.”
I’ll give it to you, the rec can be very intimidating. Especially if you are a beginner or are shy, it can be particularly tough when it’s crowded. If that’s the case, try to find times that aren’t super busy like the early morning or late afternoon. The best thing to do is keep in mind that everyone is there for the same reason that you are.
4. “I have no motivation.”
This is easy to fix. Just think of all the health benefits exercise can bring you and that should be enough motivation in itself. If you need an extra push, go with a friend or wear a fitness tracker. Nobody feels motivated 24/7 but that’s okay. You have to power through. Once you start seeing results, that will motivate you even further. If you don’t have motivation, find some!
5. “I’m not sure if I’m doing it right.”
I understand being concerned that you’re not doing it right. However, everybody had to start somewhere. Most people have gone through this at some point. Ask a trainer, an experienced friend, or even turn to the Internet for help! There are so many resources and people out there that can help. It’s silly to let that stop you from achieving your goals.
With this said, there’s no more room for excuses! Next time someone approaches you with an excuse, give them one of these solutions.