Ask any personal trainer, and they will tell you they have heard every excuse in the book. But the truth is, the difference between someone who succeeds in training and someone who doesn’t isn’t excuses. The difference is whether they let excuses hold them back from achieving goals. The people who let excuses win in the gym are often the ones who let them succeed in life, too.
By the end of this article, you will learn:
- The most common excuses in the gym, and in life
- How we can stop excuses by taking action
- The three strategies that will help you kick excuses to the curb
At Change Body Transformation, we know that life gets hard sometimes. But we’re focused on a holistic approach to training, including mindset. By working with you and seeing what works for you, we can design your program to overcome any excuse you might have and support you through it.
So let’s look at some of the excuses you probably make to yourself about exercise. There are three big ones that I come across on a daily basis.
Excuse 1 – I’m Too Tired
Ok, you’re tired. But are you tired because you haven’t been exercising? See, exercise increases your energy over the long-term.
When you exercise regularly, your sleep quality will improve. Your energy production grows. Your circulation gets a boost. You reduce your stress levels physically. Even your brain chemicals will shift to perk you up when you move your body.
Excuse 2 – I Don’t Have Time
The number one excuse we here! In the modern age. But the interesting thing is, we all have the same amount of time in every day. So time isn’t the excuse.
The truth behind this excuse is that you’re not prioritising right. If you can scroll through Facebook for an hour every day, that’s an hour you could be exercising in.
If you want to have time for exercise, you will. It’s that simple.
Excuse 3 – It’s Too Hard
Everything is hard when you first start out. When we were little kids, it was hard to read, but we kept at it. Now you’re an adult; you still need to work at learning new skills.
Everything will always be too hard until you try it. When you do, you might find out it’s hard. Or you might discover that it’s easier than you thought.
After all, what is harder? Going to the gym regularly, or not being able to be your healthiest and happiest self?
So now you know most of your excuses mean nothing. But how can you stop them from stopping you? I want you to try these three key strategies to overcome any excuse.
Define Your Priorities
Sit down for a few minutes, and grab a notepad and pen. It’s time to get clear on your priorities, and what you want to achieve.
Do you want to keep floating through life? Write down Facebook scrolling and Instagram browsing as your priorities. Do you want a killer body or to be full of energy? Make sure that a healthy balanced diet, a tailored exercise regime and high-quality rest are on the list.
Now stick that list somewhere you can see it every day. Re-read your priorities. If it’s on that list, you make time for them.
Change Your Words
Sometimes, it’s all in the wording. Excuses are designed to sound convincing. Try it right now: say out loud that you’re too tired. I bet you’ll feel more fatigued, even if you were fine before.
Instead, put a positive spin on it. Your job is to become your own problem solver. If you’re feeling too tired, remind yourself that exercise will boost you up. If you feel short on time, tell yourself ‘regular movement is my priority’.
The more we tell ourselves things, the more we believe them. So instead of telling yourself all the reasons why you can’t do something, tell yourself why you can.
Ask For Help
You don’t have to do everything alone. Anything can seem overwhelming if you think you’re the only one there. But now is the perfect time to ask for help.
Do you find the gym intimidating? Ask your friendly personal trainer to help introduce you to some of the scary equipment. Feeling overwhelmed at the thought of a lifestyle change? Consult a professional about a personalised program designed to support you.
When you ask for help, everything becomes much more achievable. A problem shared is a problem halved, especially if you talk to the experts.
When your mind comes up with excuses, it might seem easy to give in. But you can kick them to the curb by simply:
- Reflecting on your priorities
- Changing the language you use
- Asking for help
When you don’t let your excuses control you – that’s when real transformation happens.
Is it time for you to set aside your excuses? Ready to tackle the false beliefs that you don’t have the time, energy or skill to transform your body? Click here to find out more about our training services and Transformation Challenges.