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10 Top Excuses For Not Working Out: As Told By a Personal Trainer

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From Too Busy to Gettin' Busy: My Favorite Fitness Excuses MonkeyBusiness Images/PhotoSpin

The dog ate my homework. My Great-Great-Aunt Nettie died (for the third time) this year. I slipped and fell on the ice (in May). Just as teachers listen to some amazing stories, fitness instructors have heard some of the most creative excuses for missing workouts.

Here are some of my favorites:

1. Snuggie Vs. Lululemon

If it's dark when you get home from work, you’re tempted by your Snuggie and dog, instead of putting on your Lulu's while doing Downward Dog. Yep, I have actually had clients say it is too dark and they just want to be in their jammies.

2. Hung Over and Hung Out to Dry

This is a really popular one, especially for Saturday morning clients. As summertime approaches, it's also a favorite excuse for Monday morning as the weekend partying usually lasts an extra day. I’ve actually had someone say to me that they “need to dry out today.” Helloooo, how about sweating it out?

3. Manic Monday

So you were just in the middle of a dream at 6 a.m. on Monday, and it is time for a fresh or “manic” start. The choice is yours — hit snooze, or rise and shine in time for Sun Salutations. Monday morning is a biggie for excuses.

4. I am Detoxing

I am on a detox diet so I cannot work out at all as I am existing on 500 calories, or juice, or only drinking daikon-infused tea, taking coffee enemas, etc.

5. The Morning After

Too much of a good thing keeping you from your workouts? I've heard this one. A client said that she was too sore to work her abs because she was up all night “getting busy.”

6. Too Busy

Speaking of "busy" this is probably the number one excuse that comes in a variety of forms. I am too busy with my kids, social events, etc. I actually had someone tell me that it was “graduation and Communion party season” so she needed to cancel her Saturdays!

7. It's Girls’ Night

Message left for Joanne: “The girls are getting together for drinks and apps [appetizers, not functions on their smartphones] so I won’t be in Pilates class tonight.”

My reaction: “Hi, it's Joanne.

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