Shape Up: How to Stop Making Excuses

Shape Up: How to Stop Making Excuses
As you might remember from our Letter from Lauren this month, June is what we call crunch time. In the words of Lauren herself, “Getting in shape is serious business and the clock is ticking.” Well, if you’re like me, you might be feeling like summer really snuck up on us this year. It seems like New Years Eve was yesterday…and now it’s time to get into a bikini?! I feel your stress, ladies. When I’ve found myself in a bit of a fitness slump, I have realized that the best way to get back on board is to stop making excuses. When it comes to working out, we all set our own limitations. Which is why I will be giving you a few tools to get re-motivated today…

Here are three ways to stop making excuses and be on your way to your dream bikini body:

Excuse #1: I don’t have time.
For all the ladies out there who have packed their schedules to the brim, I’m sure you’ve found yourself saying the excuse that you just don’t have enough time for exercise. The truth of the matter is that if something is a priority, you will make time for it. You don’t have to set aside a three-hour window just to break a sweat. A 30-minute run is a great way to get cardio in when you don’t have much time to spare. If you have an extra busy day, try doing some yoga poses in your bedroom before getting ready for work or taking a walk during your lunch break. It can even be as simple as doing 50 jumping jacks in place, then doing 50 crunches. Every little bit counts, and making the time for exercise will get your mind back in gear.

Excuse #2: My gym is too far.
While the gym you belong to may not be right down the street, there is no reason to let that get in the way of you getting in shape. On those days that you can’t squeeze in driving to the gym, try following a workout DVD instead. Also, since it’s finally summertime and the weather is nice (nicer than snowy winters at least!), take advantage of working out outdoors. Lace up and go for a run, a hike, or even a nice long walk in your neighborhood. Then, the next time you do have time to go to the gym, make sure you put in the effort to get there so you don’t get in the habit of being lazy.

Excuse #3: I don’t know how to begin.
For some people, working out may seem overwhelming: “running is hard, yoga is painful, spinning is intimidating!” If these thoughts creep up whenever you think about exercising, now might be the time to face your fears. Exercising and eating healthy will prolong your life, prevent disease, and boost your mood (not to mention give you a fabulous figure). So there is no reason to avoid your gym shoes any longer. If you feel uncomfortable with certain workouts, ease into them and let yourself get familiar with which ones you like best. If you have never been a runner but you want to tone your legs, start going on run-walks where you alternate between one minute of walking and three minutes of jogging. Grabbing a friend and heading to a yoga class, a spinning sesh, or taking a hike is also a great way to boost your cardio confidence. No matter how you choose to get past this barrier, I promise you will be happier once you do!

Do you have any tips that will help your fellow members stop making excuses?

Leave them in the comments below!

Team LC

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Categories: Allison Norton, Get Fit, Shape Up
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  • Ashley Rizzardo

    I think not having any time is my go to excuse. But recently I’ve been buckling down. My work schedule varies but I typically do a morning run if I don’t have to go in until 12. If I work earlier and into the evening I knock out some time on the stationary bike when I get home. Thanks for your suggestions!


  • Ashley

    These tips are great. Just over a year ago, I started the P90X challenge. I haven’t really stopped working out since. I don’t go as hard as I did then (6 or 7 days a week) but I am still as fit as I’ve ever been. Plus I love the ability to workout from home in whatever I want without having the pressures of other’s around. That said, I don’t mind working out with someone, but I still prefer a home or more private setting. There are just so many plus sides to it! Thanks for posting this!

  • Katelin Absher

    I think everyday life does prevent some people from getting their daily exercise in, but if you cant commit everyday at least find some way to get a walk or jog in as much as possible a week. Once you start, you will be in routine and then you will work it into your day!! I know it took me and still takes me a good shove to get going sometimes!! Just remember you can do it and don’t let any one tell you otherwise!!!

  • Kelly Lynne

    Some days I find myself making the excuse of not having enough time. Especially those days I go out after work.
    I have been working on waking up extra early to get at least a 30 min. workout done in the morning.
    Recently, when I go straight to my boyfriend’s after work, I’ve been suggesting we go for a walk with his dog. It makes me feel better knowing I did something.

  • grata christine

    do the dailyhiit, it takes 12 minutes in your own home, you will love it

  • Melia Williams

    I go with a friend or my boyfriend to keep me going. I also belong to a gym that offers AMAZING classes (totally worth the money) which changes up my workout and keeps my interest!

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  • Valeria Alvarez

    I need to start too, just I don`t want too hahah too lazy!! but I need to so probably in the next few days :p

    <3 Val

  • LeahL

    Something that really helps me is to pay ahead of time for specific time classes.. ex. pre-set yoga classes every Monday night at 5:30. If I am just paying for a gym membership, there is no set-time to mentally prepare myself, but if I know it is every week at the same time & already paid for, I will definitely go!
    Another tip- create a weekly workout plan in your agenda. If you plan it and write it down- you are more likely to do it.

  • Heather M

    i tell myself that my car is on autopilot and that it’s going to drive me to the gym whether i like it or not – so far it’s working.

  • Jana Ricketts

    Just always keep in mind WHY you want to get in shape and all the benefits it will bring you! =]

  • Brittany Ann Kilpatrick

    Find workouts you love doing first…for me it is walking,dancing, swimming, and yoga. Start with those and gradually force yourself to do ones you don’t like as much…for me it’s running ( bad feet from dancing) so I do jogging and try to run for as long as I can handle. I also hate using weights so I use kettle bells more often then hand weights ,but I still use both. Ultimately I do my favorites most but force myself to do my least favorites two or three days a week. I rest or do light yoga for the seventh day of the week.

  • Harmony

    I love this post! Thanks

  • Deanne Castro

    I’ve been so busy lately that I need to back on track! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  • Sarah

    Make a calendar for yourself and write down what your exercise will be each day. Challenge yourself to check off every workout for just two or three weeks (to start). Checking off each day and looking back at all those checks in a row is very rewarding and holds you accountable! Hopefully after a few weeks you’ll be in a routine and you won’t need the calendar anymore :)

  • Nina Swim

    Toning your body with yoga and other workouts that are designed to ramp up muscle definition for a trimmer, healthier look that will leave you feeling and looking wonderful and get that bikini confident every woman deserve!

  • Raven Locks

    If you’re starting out…my advice is to listen to some good music and focus on what you’ll feel like to be done with your workout. I used to HATE running. So I’d take my ipod with me on my run. When I’d get discouraged or feel unmotivated, I would focus on how amazing I’ll feel when I finish.

    Now, I don’t even listen to music when I run. I don’t feel like I need it. I love running now and it’s actually really meditating to me. It took me a while to love it, but it was totally worth it.

    So ladies…don’t give up! It sucks now, but trust me…it gets better :)

    xo Azu

  • Jade Wright

    Very good post! I’m a personal trainer and hear every excuse in the book – completely agree.
    Only person that can change you is you… and to get fit, toned and healthy is hard. Enjoy and embrace the challenge.

  • Meghan Silva

    In my opinion if you want to workout you will make the time, I’ve had pure lazy moments tons of time though and I would skip a workout .

  • laurenjanelle

    I struggled with pretty much all of these. I work crazy hours and hadn’t found a new gym since I moved to my new city. I found this last weekend and it’s been so nice to have a “”gym”” that I can do whenever and in my house. super encouraging.

  • Dana Ivy

    These tips have come to me at the perfect time… I have been slacking lately. Thanks Allison!

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  • Sarah Teutsch

    For me, I hate to stick to the same workout routine. Running/cardio 5x a week can be brutally boring! Switching up workouts keeps your mind and body fresh! I joined a bootcamp class and each class focuses on different parts of your body, I love it!

    It also helps to plan times to workout with a buddy or multiple too! Even if you do your own thing when you get to the gym, it’s nice to coordinate schedules! You don’t want to be the one who doesn’t show up!

  • Ana Sofia

    I always saying “”I just don’t have enough time for exercise”” but it’s not really truth :( I’ve to change and your tips will be very useful.


  • Tiffany

    Great advice! I have been on a rollercoaster with health for the past few years, and I’m trying really hard to change habits and make fitness a daily, regular thing to do.

  • Allison Norton

    Love these tips! Thanks for sharing! xx

  • Allison Norton

    You’re welcome! :-)

  • Allison Norton

    Sounds like a great fitness resource, I’ll have to check it out!

  • Allison Norton

    Good music is key! xx

  • Allison Norton

    Glad you like it!

  • Allison Norton

    Having a workout buddy is a great way to stay motivated! Thanks for sharing xx

  • Smantha Gallero

    I love that you guys are interesting on motivating people to do exercise; It’s so important and not just for superficial reasons, doing exercise 30 min three times a week, helps you to be an active person and also helps to prevent lots of diseases.

  • Darcy

    Needed a little extra motivation today, thank you!! No more excuses!

  • Katy Allaire

    I have slowly been training myself to wake up earlier in the morning to make time for some quick exercises. Some days, I am working (between 2 jobs) from 7 am to 11 pm. That does make it difficult to find some time to work out. I try to do whatever I can like walking to work.


    HEY THERE ;**


  • kalamityray

    Great advice! Getting started is the hardest part! I saw a neat trick online involving a deck of playing cards, each assigned a different exercise based on suite. I’ve been using these during commercial break to get in a sweat!



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