We have all been there: it is the end of a long day, and after working for hours, plopping down on the couch for the night sounds better than hitting the gym. It is easy to come up with a million excuses not to hit the gym; we have heard them all here at Spunk Fitness! However, as easy as these excuses are to make, they are also easy to poke holes through. Here, we debunk some of the most common excuses you may make to skip your workout:

“I don’t have time.”

This is the most common reason people give for skipping the gym, and it is also the lamest. The truth is, the issue isn’t that you do not have time, it is that you won’t make time. Even if you have a particularly busy day, there is still time to fit in thirty minutes of physical activity, even if you have to break it into ten minute increments. Make sure you have your gym bag packed and ready to go the night before to save yourself time in the morning.

“I’ll go tomorrow.”

If you use this excuse every day, tomorrow will never come, and your workout will never happen. It is tempting to procrastinate on working out, but there is no time like the present. Try using a calendar to track your workouts. Schedule them out, and include a check box where you can indicate whether you actually worked out or not. The visual reminder will make you think twice about skipping the gym tomorrow.

“There is something more important I should be doing.”

It is easy to prioritize pretty much anything over exercise. Sometimes, you will plan on working out over lunch, only to decide at the last minute that you should just work through lunch to get that project done. However, you are the only one who can prioritize your own health; no one else is going to take care of it for you. Regular exercise is a crucial part of your health, and taking thirty minutes to yourself can have a major impact on the way you feel and how productive you really are.

“I am too out of shape to exercise in public.”

This is one people often use, and the truth is, anyone who judges you for trying to get in shape has bigger problems than you. A gym membership at Spunk Fitness provides you access to many machines and resources that you can’t get at home, not to mention a supportive community. Exercising at the gym and becoming a part of the community can also help you by establishing accountability; you are much less likely to skip a workout if you know that your gym buddy will notice if you aren’t there. If you feel self-conscious about your body, try wearing baggier clothing, and hitting the gym during less popular times so you feel less on display.

As you can see, there are many reasons not to hit the gym, but there are many reasons why you should. Come put your gym membership to good use at Spunk Fitness!