We all have days when putting in time at the gym or topping 10,000 steps just isn’t going to happen. Sometimes, there’s a legit reason for skipping out. But, other times, not so much. Do you really have a good reason, or are you making up lame excuses? Knowing the difference – and doing something about it – can make a big difference in reaching your fitness goals.

Reason No. 1: I’m too busy. In today’s fast-paced world, there’s no doubt your schedule is packed. That’s why it’s so important to schedule time to workout. If you only cross one thing off your To Do list each day, make sure it’s exercise. Make it a priority to find ways to get moving. For example, instead of sitting on the sidelines during soccer practice, walk the perimeter of the field. If you can’t manage a full 30 minutes (the recommended amount of daily exercise), break it up into three 10-minute walks.
Reason No. 2: I don’t know how to get started. It can be tough getting back into a regular fitness routine if it’s been awhile. If your budget allows, check out your local YMCAs: North Kansas City YMCA, or Platte County Community Center North or South. They have staff dedicated to helping members learn the equipment and get started. Or, enlist the help of an NKCH personal trainer, try one of our group fitness classes for beginners, like A Fitter You, join a reputable gym.

Reason No. 3: I can’t afford a gym membership. No worries. You don’t need one. Walking or jogging around your neighborhood, or on a local trail is free. Search online for free workout videos. POPSUGAR Fitness has tons of videos for all fitness levels.

Reason No. 4: I’m tired. You don’t have to do a high intensity workout. Simply walking at a brisk pace can give you an energy boost because of the hormones your body releases.  Choosing healthy foods, getting enough rest and staying active can also keep you energized.

Reason No. 5: I’m over the hill. No one is ever too old to work out. Regular exercise prevents muscle loss and improves balance, both of which reduce your risk of falling. Exercising 150 minutes each week at a moderate pace is all you need to reap the health benefits.

Reason No. 6: It’s not fun. You’re right. Like so many other things in life, sometimes we have to fake it ’til we make it. But, being unhealthy isn’t fun, either. It’s up to you to find an activity you enjoy. If you crave solitude, walking is great exercise and a fantastic way to clear your mind. If you enjoy a more social environment, we offer nearly 100 different group exercise classes. Or, try something different and join a pickle ball league.

The Exercise DietReason No. 7: I don’t see results fast enough.  Toned muscles and weight loss won’t happen with one or two workouts. With regular exercise, you’ll feel the results before you see them. If you work out often but still aren’t getting the results you want, take a hard look at your diet. Diet and exercise go hand-in-hand.

The real secret to success? Establish a work out habit, stick with it and stop making excuses.