Excuses are almost always GARBAGE.

People love to make excuses to not workout. The most common excuse has to be: “I don’t have time. That is the worst excuse ever. The absolute worst.

I’ll go ahead and call my younger sister out – she is the queen of excuses and she knows it. It’s not usually “I don’t have time” it’s that “I’m lazy, I don’t want to”. Ok, well at least she’s honest.

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She says she doesn’t believe in endorphins. I don’t buy it.

I realize that coming from a  “stay at home mom” (I really don’t prefer that title but don’t know why else to call it) there could be some eye rolls shooting in my direction. “Girl you have all the time in the world, you have no idea.”  But I do know. (rest assured people, I have things that fill my time outside of being HOME with my 2 yr old) but I do know that we can all make plenty of excuses. MOST of the time,  they are usually garbage. Today I had 50 minutes between dropping Marshall off and having to be at my next destination. It was the only time that made sense to squeeze anything in and it would only take me 10 minutes to get to where I was going. So I parked my car and got out and ran for 30 minutes. I made it work and my day was better because of it. I ALWAYS have an extra pair of clothes with me. Change the clothes quickly, wipe off with a towel, put on deodorant, through some bronzer and lip stuff on – boom done. Would I have preferred a shower? Yes, but wasn’t gonna work out.

And this is what I have to say if your excuse happens to be I don’ have time: Freaking make time. If someone tells me they don’t have time, I will tell them-30 minutes is not a whole lot of time and if you can’t find that in your day I want a play by play of everything you did today.

What you will get from that 30 minutes of exercise- MORE ENERGY to do what you are so busy doing that you don’t have time. You will be more efficient with the your time and you will feel better. You will be happier, kinder and stronger.

My Best Friend Sarah, is a great example. She is also the person responsible for my obsession with running. I’m sure it would have found me later in life at some point, but she’s the person who convinced me to run cross country in high school. She’s been extremely busy with work lately and recently took an unplanned break just to run -something she NEVER does.  She came back refreshed, energized and ready to tackle what she was stuck on. I’m hoping the run bug sticks with her. She has been on a one year hiatus and of course I’m advocating it’s return.

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With Best Friend Sarah on her 30th birthday.

So just stop making excuses. I don’t want to hear them. I know your probably busy. Everyone likes to talk about how busy they are. If you aren’t taking care of your mental or physical health though, it doesn’t really matter. 

That’s just one of the things I LOVE to so much about getting to coach runners. I’m able to hold people accountable – it’s a lot harder to make excuses when you know someone is working hard to create a plan for you and going to be checking in along the way. Don’t give us your excuses, unless of course they are seriously legit and maybe we’ll cut some slack… 🙂

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No excuses here. Get the work done & then accomplish more than you ever imagined you could. 

What’s your excuse? 

How will you push the excuses aside? 

Comments

  1. Shelby

    I believe in endorphins, but I only get them from shopping and eating. Just wanted to clear that up.

    1. Lindsey Hein

      I mean those both cause endorphins too, but totally different. Still good though.

  2. Melissa

    Boom, preach, second third and fourth this because YOU CAN ALWAYS MAKE TIME! Get up earlier, go to bed later, cut out that reality TV show – something. Love having you as a coach, and appreciate that you feel the same way I do about excuses – no slacking!!

  3. Nicholle

    Totally agree. Sometimes people need time management advice. They get stuck in a daily routine and don’t see an alternative. Can you exercise at lunch, or dinner before going home? Can you swap child-watching time with another mom or your spouse? Can you wake up at 4a and live on coffee? There are ways.

    1. Lindsey Hein

      ALWAYS a way. And you day will ALWAYS be better for it. My biggest thing is- if you say you don’t have time- I will tell you that you will be more efficient with that little time you have if you get it in!

  4. Christy

    I started following your blog because I think you are absolutely amazing and would be an awesome friend. That being said, I know you have six comments so far that are thumbs up on this post but I’m thumbs down. I know this post was meant to be inspirational but everytime I read posts like this on blogs or on FB, I get sad, depressed, down about my life, and a bit angry. I wasn’t going to comment but honestly I haven’t been able to get this off my mind all day since reading it. I am a person who runs while my kid is at speech therapy instead of sitting in the waiting room. I’m a person who does push-ups while wearing a dress in my classroom at 6:30 AM before the students arrive. However, sometimes life really does get in the way of the workouts that I ideally want and need to do. Full time job, husband out of state 75 days a year, four year old with a crying, screaming, melt down four times in two hours. I cannot even tell you how depressing it is to only see your kid one hour a day sometimes. So maybe the excuse is “I want to see my kid instead of go on that bike ride that I should do” or the excuse is “if I don’t get some sleep I’m going to go insane and / or die in front of 165 students tomorrow”. Sometimes I don’t think that excuses are “garbage” at all.

    So I disagree but we can still be friends though. 🙂

    1. Hey! Oh, sorry that this post bothered you so much. Excuses aren’t totally always garbage and I for one can’t imagine having my husband out of town that much- I would go crazy! Hats off to you. I guess my point here really is that MOST people make excuses when they in fact could turn off the TV or put their phone down and go exercise, or utilize a lunch break in that way. That being said- of course there are always exceptions and special situations. I suppose the post was meant to more give a kick to those who DO make excuses that are invalid, because a lot of times they are. (Hence why I called out my own sister who is the queen of them!) Thanks for reading and I hope you stick around! 🙂 Cheers!

  5. Christy

    No, I live in Ohio (close enough lol) and found you when I was googling mohican triathlon. You were there for your husband’s race the same weekend we were there for the triathlon. Your story of everything you’ve been through hooked me! You rock!

  6. Dan

    Hey Lindsey – I liked this. I was one who for far too long found an excuse to avoid the workout. Building it in to the day has made a world of difference. There are many things that can be put off for a bit and done at a more convenient time. Everything? No. Will this work for everyone — all the time? No. But it is a fair challenge to throw out there and see where we can create far more time than we ever thought possible. #1 time saver here — no TV. Do I miss it sometimes? Yes. How many countless hours has it made free for running, making beer, talking, reading, staring at the clouds in the sky? Hard to count.

  7. Barbie

    Well I’m late coming to this party, since I’ve not followed your blog closely lately. But line me up with your younger sister. Some of us just aren’t part of the endorphin-high exercise craze. Yep–“too busy” just livin’ my life. I am one who gets a 30 minute walk in each day, walks at her kids’ soccer practice instead of sitting in the car (most days ;-), and who generally spends a lot of time doing SOMETHING, but I’m not looking to add exercise into every spare minute, nor would I consider any of the above a workout. In fact I would say that I never “workout.” And I’m okay with that. I move as part of the things I need to do in my day-to-day life, but there’s not workout section in my day planner. Is some of that lazy?–sure. But some of it means that quite frankly I’d rather be reading a book, and there are more things in life than working up a sweat. So tread lightly, friend–not everyone is inclined to be “workout” material.

  8. Once upon a time I would’ve said “hell yes” but not anymore. Sorry, but I have to disagree. I’ve always been able to fit it all, finding the time to work out even during my busiest seasons when I’ve been known to pull all nighters or to sleep on my studio floor. But since having a child, there are days when I absolutely don’t have the time. Getting up every 2-3 hrs for feedings, trying to take care of my child, running my own business, making sure my family is fed, etc…a bunch of full time jobs. And if that means that at 3pm I have to take a nap instead of working out, so be it because if I don’t, I lose the ability to function.

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