Working out is hard. It’s boring, it’s tiring, it takes up a lot of time, and it can take weeks or even
months before any real results start to show. When people finally do start to notice the difference,
though, it’s a rewarding feeling like no other.
Even so, few can see it through to the end. It’s estimated that only 8% of the people who set a
New Year’s resolution (about 45% of the population) will give up before finishing. Since around
85% of those people’s resolutions involve some form of exercise, that’s a staggering number of
people who don’t see things through. Lots of excuses fly around for why this might happen, but
those dedicated to fitness will work through them; they might just need some extra help.
With that in mind, here are some tips on how to overcome the five most common beginner fitness
excuses and meet fitness goals.
1. Lack of Time
Time is a hard resource to manage. With only 24 hours in a day and (a recommended) eight of
those spent asleep, squeezing in work, play, and everything else important into those 16 hours can
be a difficult task. Time is one of the biggest reasons people report for giving up on exercising, with
around 32% of people who do citing that as their main reason for quitting.
While it’s certainly not easy, it’s far from impossible, too. While the demands of time management
can be strenuous on their own, there are many strategies people can use to work in small amounts
of exercise to their daily routines. Walking or riding a bike to work, even just once or twice a week,
is a great way to burn extra calories and raise heart rates. Not to mention it’s much more
environmentally friendly and could even help save some money on gas over time.
Work itself can be modified, too, to help with fitness. Using a standing desk or yoga ball as a chair
are easy and effective ways to help improve posture and overall health by making small changes to
daily life. Taking the stairs instead of the elevator more often than not, too, is very helpful. Looking
for these small changes is the key to success, as they require little effort and take up virtually no
2. Managing Expectations
As mentioned previously, any form of exercise or training will take time to show results. During
that time, it can be discouraging to appear like none of the work someone is putting in is really
having an affect. The only way to overcome this, though, is to keep working and manage
Without the aid of a montage, it’s just impossible to become an expert at something or transform a
person’s body in the span of a few hours or days. Exercising will take time to show results, so it’s
crucial to manage the expectations someone has for their workouts. Imagining more modest
success at first – losing a few pounds, becoming slightly stronger, running for just a bit longer – is
much more helpful than visualizing the ideal Olympian physique.
Work up to doing more, as well. While the initial rush of motivation might tell someone to visit the
gym every single day of the week, thinking or acting like that will only lead to burnout early on.
Set more reasonable goals of a few times a week for short periods of time, increasing the amount
of time at the gym and exercising to match the progress being made.
3. Having Fun
Most people don’t find exercise on its own to be enjoyable. Much of it is simple, repetitive motions
designed specifically to tire a person out, after all. That’s why it’s crucial to learn how to enjoy
working out if someone’s goals ever hope to be met.
Sports are a great way to be active while having fun. It’s also a great way to make friends,
something lacking in most solo gym excursions. Selecting different sports based on the kinds of
benefits they will present is a good strategy for keeping workouts interesting, fun, and effective.
4. Building Discipline
A lack of discipline leads to squandered potential and failed goals. Self-monitoring is a critical part
of becoming fit, as a person must be willing to continue working even when they really don’t want
to. Staying on track is the biggest factor in meeting goals.
If help is required, enlisting the aid of a personal trainer or joining some kind of fitness course can
be helpful. Personal trainers provide a supportive voice to coach the person working out in proper
form and encourage them to stay motivated, as well as figure out a workout regimen fit for their
body personally. Classes offer an inviting and fun environment for those trying to get in shape,
which can be especially helpful in staying motivated with a large number of others to help each
other stay on track.
5. Staying Positive
38% of those who do not meet their fitness goals do so because they slipped up and did not feel
confident trying again. While this mindset is understandable to a degree, it is the wrong way to go
about fitness. Setbacks happen – it’s a fact of life – but what’s most important is not becoming
discouraged after a few failures. The will to continue even after making a mistake or skipping a few
days is what makes all the difference when it comes to ultimately succeeding or failing at a fitness
Starting will always be the hardest part of developing a fitness routine, with many excuses for why
someone gives up early on. But by following these tips and working hard, it’s possible for anyone
to meet their goals with enough determination.