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5 Biggest Excuses for Not Working Out & How to Overcome Them

When it comes to excuses people use to get out of a workout, we’ve honestly heard it all before – and we’re not buying it. No matter how busy or chaotic your schedule may be, there’s always some opportunity for you to be physically active. You might just need a change in perspective in order to find it.

One of the most shocking findings about fitness is that, despite the numerous benefits of regular exercise, less than 5% of adults get at least 30 minutes of physical activity per day. On top of that, only 1 in 3 adults will achieve the recommended amount of exercise per week, which is either 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity exercise.

We don’t want your excuses to hold you back from achieving your fitness goals, and we certainly don’t want you to miss out on the amazing benefits of regular exercise! So, we’re calling out five of the biggest excuses people use for not working out below. We’ll also be sharing a few tips for overcoming these excuses to help you get back on track.


I’m too Tired to Exercise

Trust us, we know it can be difficult to get to the gym after a long day of work that’s left you feeling exhausted. Contrary to what you might think, exercise is one of the best ways to increase your energy and boost your mood. Just getting started on your workout will help flood your brain with endorphins that can wake you up in no time.

And don’t worry; for those who may need a little boost of energy to get started, you can fuel up with supplements, like our Fruit Punch flavored Pre-Workout Drink Mix. If you don’t want to use supplements, another way to overcome this excuse is to shift your schedule and start your workout earlier in the day before you’ve used all your energy on other activities.


I Don’t Have Enough Time

Exercise is often shoved to the bottom of the priority list when life gets busy, but it should remain a top priority at all times, especially when you feel overwhelmed. The stress-relieving benefits of working out can help you unwind after a busy day, or you can kickstart your morning with a workout for a boost of energy to help you get through the rest of the day.

You might not think you have time to fit in a workout, but with some small adjustments, you can certainly find time for it. Here are some ideas of how to make time for your fitness goals:

  • Wake up earlier or go to bed a little later to add time into your day
  • Swap daily screen time in front of the TV or on the phone for a workout
  • Meal prep at the beginning of the week so you aren’t spending all your extra time cooking during the week
  • Combine exercise and family time so you don’t miss out on cherished memories together, plus you’ll encourage everyone to be more active


Fun Fact:  Did you know kids 12 years and older* can work out at most 9Round locations with their own membership? Our trainers will help modify the moves to fit their age and fitness level so they can learn good exercise habits too!

*Age limits may vary by location. Contact your local studio to ask about children’s memberships.


I Don’t Know What to Do

If you’re just getting started on your fitness journey, it can be discouraging when you find yourself staring at gym equipment not knowing what to do. The good news is you can take the pressure off yourself by finding someone who can help. There are two main options, which are working one-on-one with a personal trainer or signing up for a gym membership at a local studio that offers guided workouts, like 9Round.

Regardless of which option you choose, you’ll have access to a dedicated trainer who can provide guidance during your workouts. Plus, you’ll have peace of mind knowing the moves have been curated by experts who understand exactly what your body needs to get in shape. Taking this important step in your fitness journey will make it easier for you to show up and focus on crushing your workout without worrying about what to do.


I Can’t Afford a Gym Membership

With all the free workout material online, it’s hard to get away with this excuse. Yes, we know that gym memberships aren’t always cheap, especially if you want a quality workout that delivers real results. However, there are plenty of different price points within the fitness industry to suit your needs. At 9Round, we have quite a few options for new members at various different price ranges.

You can also monitor your budget to see if what your spending your money on lines up with your priorities. If health is a bigger priority than something else on the list, then maybe it’s time to eliminate that cost and free up money for your gym membership instead.


I Just Don’t Enjoy Exercise

Sure, the typical exercise routines you see all the time might be boring, but there are plenty of different workouts you can try to spice things up. If you’re not enjoying what you’re doing now, it’s time to explore your options and try something new. The fitness industry has grown tremendously over the last several years, and there are now more options than ever before. For example, someone who doesn’t enjoy the slow pace of a yoga routine might enjoy 9Round, as our workouts are more fast-paced and intense. There are so many options available that it’s hard to believe you wouldn’t find something you enjoy doing for exercise.


It’s time to stop letting your excuses hold you back from achieving your fitness goals. Click the link below to start your fitness journey today with a FREE Introductory Workout at your local 9Round studio. We can’t wait to help you crush your fitness goals with our fun, kickboxing-themed workouts!

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