Top 6 Exercise Excuses – How I Beat Them, Ultra Marathon Secrets To Training


Top 6 Exercise Excuses:

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Exercise Excuse No. 1: ‘I Don’t Have Time.’

I’m with you on this one, between work and a commute, my day is short about 13 hours everyday.  The only way I can “make time” to get my run in is to do it right after I get home.  When the car hits the drive way I make a bee line for my front door, jump into my work out gear and get back out the same door as fast as I can.  If I pause for one second, the odds are great I’ll miss my workout.  By getting right to it, I make the time.  The nights I can’t get to it after work, I use the same routine and do my run right after whatever it is that prolonged my work day.

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Exercise Excuse No. 2: ‘I’m Too Tired.’

I could “Double down” here, and I get a lot of people telling me I look tired.  But honestly my energy level is the best it has ever been.  I might be tired during the day, but I don’t struggle to go up stairs, walk a few miles while on vacation or engage in any activity we chose.  It may take a little time to feel the effects but once you get moving…you’ll feel better that you did.

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Exercise Excuse No. 3: ‘I Don’t Get a Break From the Kids.’

I don’t have to fight this one anymore, my kids are grown. And I don’t take it lightly, I understand dealing with child care issues can be tough. But I would encourage someone to team up with a friend.  I’m sure there is someone in your circle of friends dealing with the same desire to workout and needs daycare.  Maybe you can do a kid swap? If that does not work, join the Y or just get the kids moving with you.

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Exercise Excuse No. 4: ‘Exercise Is Boring.’

It can be if you allow it, set goals to keep you aimed at your true motivation. Sign up for a race, or an adventure.  Banging away empty miles can get boring, but what if they are getting you closer to hiking your favorite trail or running the Grand Canyon.  And there’s always bikini season.

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Exercise Excuse No. 5: ‘I Just Don’t Like to Move.’

An old friend says to me everyday when I ask him how he’s doing, “I woke up on this side of the dirt.”  If you don’t like to move, think about the alternative?  “Stillness is what kills us.”

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Exercise Excuse No. 6: ‘I’ve Tried Before.’

We all fail, it’s life.  Before I ever attempted an Ultra marathon, I burned out at a local 5k race and gave up, that was 15+ years ago.  When I think of all I would have missed, I’m so glad I gave it another try.  And you can too. Today is a new day, let’s get moving!

Above are my ideas on how to beat the six most popular exercise excuses, but I’m not a professional, not a doctor and not a coach, although I do stay at Holiday Inns, you should really read more about this topic and get the professionals take on these six excuses here,