Have you ever just looked at Michael B. Jordan, Chris Hemsworth, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and Jason Momoa, and just thought, “man, these dudes are jacked up,” and “I wanna have a body like that!” But then you realize, you “don’t have time” because you work until the evening, you have kids to take care of, you have to clean your car, blah, blah, blah.
Those celebs shoot movies almost 12 hours a day, and maybe more. But they always sneak in some impactful workouts between scene changes. It’s all about making the most out of every little moment.
Human beings have been using the same excuse about being too busy since the stone age. But the truth is—we just always choose not to do anything even when we do have some spare time. While trainers and apps can inspire and guide you through your fitness journey, only YOU can put a stop to your excuses.
So here are the top excuses for not working out when you actually can, and how to deal with them.
Excuse #1: But I need to binge-watch (insert favorite show here)
You’re not alone on this one—we are all up for getting our money’s worth when something new comes up on the streaming service, but have you ever thought of working out in front of the TV? You already do it at the gym when you watch something on the little telly on your treadmill. Why not do it at home? A 40-plus-minute episode is a perfect window to do some dumbbell rows while sitting on your couch, or some sit-ups on the floor, or anything, really.
You can take a breather after each set or whenever you need to stop and gawk at those “holy sh*t” moments.
Excuse #2: But the house was hit by a tornado
Of course, not literally, but your whole house is a mess, and you don’t have enough space to squeeze in some exercises. Again, this is actually the perfect time to put all your joints to good use! Take a second and realize that practically every household chore can become a mini-workout.
Squat down to get your now-washed dirty clothes out of the basket, then lift those calves to hang it on the line. Do some reverse leg lifts while you’re on your hands and knees scrubbing the living room floor. Run up and down the stairs. You’ll be activating all your muscles in no time.
Excuse #3: But I've got kids
Fine, your love bore fruits, and now you can’t do anything for yourself, or can you? A lot of people worry about not being able to exercise again after having kids, and it’s mostly because these little rascals don’t give them enough time to sleep. But whenever you put the kids to bed in the afternoon or letting them play quietly in the living room, you can sneak in a set or two. Sure, your exercise time will become shorter, but it will be more frequent. Rather than waiting for a free hour all to yourself throughout the day, sneak in 15 minutes here, half an hour there, or even just 5 minutes.
Think about incorporating your kids into your workouts. Might as well have some use for them, right? Kidding aside (pun intended), you can actually lift your baby up and down and call it a workout. If they're old enough to run around, then chasing after them is a challenging cardio workout in itself.
Excuse #4: But I'm catching up with friends
More often than not, you meet your friends at a bar, or at a resto where you down kegs of alcohol and fatty foods drenched in oil. But, you can also catch up with them while playing outside. If your group consists of sporty guys, why not go out and play basketball or football? Or convince each other to meet up at the gym at least twice a week to lift weights together, and develop that budding bromance. Seriously, though, there’s a solution for every excuse you have.
Excuse #5: But I've got an injury
Alright, let’s say this is true, and you’re really injured. Athletes experience this all the time but it doesn't mean they stop working out. The first thing to do is to consult a professional and ask what type of exercises you can and cannot do. Listen to your body and give it time to heal but don't completely forego being active.