The Real Reason You Keep Missing Your Workout

How many excuses have you made about why you can’t ever seem to complete that workout you had planned for the day? Let’s run down a few of the more popular excuses:

  • I ran out of time.
  • I was too tired.
  • I couldn’t find my shoes/shorts/phone/etc.
  • My kids/spouse/friend/etc. needed me.

Let’s pretend that workout was “work”. What would you tell your boss about why you didn’t come to that important meeting you were expected to attend?

  • I ran out of time.
  • I was too tired.
  • I couldn’t find my notebook/phone/laptop/etc.
  • My colleague/assistant/direct report/etc. needed me.

Silly right? I’ve used all these excuses at one time or another myself. But the real reason that I didn’t get the workout done is usually because I didn’t put it on my calendar.

The Real Reason You Keep Missing Your Workout

You aren’t doing your workouts because you aren’t scheduling them. I talk to lots of people about to be more productive. Time and time again when we talk about how they set up their calendar I see the problem.

They aren’t blocking off the time for these activities on their calendar. Some of them do have “Exercise” on the calendar. It appears in the “All Day” section as if the time will magically get scheduled for them.

If you want to get your workout in you need to put it on the calendar like any other important meeting. You should be your own most important appointment. That doesn’t mean to shirk the other things in your life, but it does mean that you need to fit everything else around your workouts. That starts with the calendar.

And as far as the other excuses:

If you are too tired, go to bed earlier. If you can’t find something, start setting your things out ahead of time (or wear it to bed if that helps.) If people constantly need your, remind yourself that people will always need you, but that doesn’t mean RIGHT NOW is the only time to meet that need.

So, now that you know the real reason you don’t get those workouts completed; what are you going to do about it?

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