Excuse #1: I Don’t Have Time To Work Out
This is perhaps the most common excuse people use in order to avoid working out. The fact is that people tend to prioritize activities, and make time for the things they think are most important. What this really means is that a good number of people are not working out because other things mean more to them than their physical fitness routine does.
To counteract this mentality, be sure to stress the health benefits of being physically fit, both now and in the future. You should also reassure people that working out doesn’t have to consume a great deal of time, as even 30 minutes of vigorous exercise each day can make a tremendous difference in the way they look and feel. You can also show them simple ways to incorporate exercise into their daily routines.
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Excuse #2: I’m In Bad Health
Many people mistakenly believe that they must be in excellent health in order to exercise. They may feel as though they cannot perform certain activities due to an illness or injury, and may therefore elect to avoid working out altogether.
While it’s true that a person’s health does affect the type of exercise he or she can perform, having certain medical conditions does not prohibit an individual from working out. In fact, exercise is even more important for people with bad health, as it can help alleviate a number of adverse conditions. Encourage people to speak with a doctor to ensure they do not have any underlying conditions that would make exercising dangerous. Be able to provide them with scientific evidence that shows the benefits of exercise whenever possible.
Excuse #3: I’m Bored With My Workout Routine
After exercising for some time, many people will claim to become bored with their workout routine and want to stop. They may report they are no longer noticing results, or have reached a weight loss plateau.
Boredom can easily happen when you perform the same workout for an extended period. If clients claim to be bored, evaluate the workout plan to see if anything could be changed up a bit. Even modifying simple things such as the location of a workout or the time of day exercise takes place can have a profound difference in the way people feel about a routine. Other times, adding new techniques or exercise styles might be needed to keep individuals focused and on track.
It’s not uncommon for people to make excuses for not working out occasionally. However, when you notice a pattern of excuses developing, it’s time to take action and squash those excuses so your clients do not get completely out of the habit of exercising.
What are your clients common excuses? How do you deal with them? Share your experience below!