Not Active Enough? These 5 Exercise Excuses Don’t Work Anymore

Sometimes, it’s hard to stay active enough. We’ve all been guilty of skipping gym time, whether it’s because we really can’t go (hangover, work commitments) or because we have an excuse that we convince ourselves is actually a legitimate reason. But, if you really want to get in shape, you will find a way to work out. Here are five excuses we can no longer make for not going to the gym.

1. You get bored easily

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Getting bored easily is perhaps the worst excuse for not working out. Getting fit doesn’t mean you have to run on a treadmill in front of the television for an hour three times a week. Fitness should be fun. Experiment and find some sort of fitness activity you actually enjoy whether it’s boxing, yoga, or CrossFit. Try bringing along a friend for motivation. If you aren’t a “gym person,” then why not join a local basketball or soccer league? Take salsa lessons. There is always something for everyone.

2. It’s too expensive

Sure, lots of gyms and fitness classes are expensive, but not all. The no-frills Planet Fitness and Blink (which is owned by super fancy fitness club extraordinaire, Equinox) have memberships starting at just $10 and $20 per month. Crunch Essential, which has lots of suburban locations, costs only $9.95 per month. In addition to offering all the equipment you need, they have many of the fun Crunch signature classes. If you give up a few lattes a month, you can afford to join these gyms.

You can also save money at most health clubs by signing up in January, when they often waive initiation fees and offer New Years specials. If boutique fitness studios are more your style, ask about package deals or “community classes,” which are often taught by new instructors for a very discounted price.

But, really, you don’t even need to join a gym to stay in shape. You can always run, jog, or walk outside for free.

[Update, 12/2/15: A previous version of this article referred to Crunch’s low-cost gym membership as Crunch Express. It has been updated to reflect the correct name, Crunch Essential.]

3. You travel too much

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If you belong to a large national gym chain, being away from home isn’t an excuse because most offer memberships that allow you to access any location.

You might not realize most hotels and even some motels have some sort of fitness center. Hyatt, Kimpton, Westin, Sheraton, Farimont, Affinia, Wyndham, The Four Seasons, and various Starwood hotels all have excellent facilities and specialty fitness programs. Some hotels that do not have their own gyms have relationships with local health clubs and can provide you with a guest pass. Just ask the concierge.

If you prefer boutique studios, consider getting ClassPass, which allows you to access an unlimited amount of classes in over 29 cities in the U.S. as well as five cities internationally.

4. You can’t leave your child alone to go pump iron

This is the most legitimate excuse on this list. What you might not realize is that many gyms offer inexpensive or free childcare. Crunch, Equinox, 24 Hour Fitness, LA Fitness, The Y, Gold’s Gym, and many others have childcare or a kids club for infants all the way up to pre-teens. Services, hours, location, and costs many vary, but it’s still much cheaper than hiring a babysitter.

5. You only have a very small window of free time each day

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We’re all busy. Can you walk or bike to work instead of driving? Can you take the stairs to your office on the 10th floor? Have you considered trading in your desk chair for a stability ball? What about a treadmill desk?

Have you tried to workout during your lunch hour? Many gyms offer express classes in the middle of the day.

If you enjoy spinning, but really don’t have time to drive to a studio and take a class, consider purchasing a Peloton bike. It’s a spinning bike for your home that has a large screen and Wi-Fi, connecting you to spin classes both live and on-demand.

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