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Excuse me?

Here’s a selective list of things we’ve done in the past instead of working out:

  • slept in
  • watched another episode of The Biggest Loser
  • read three days’ worth of backlog on our Twitter feed
  • vowed to do twice as much cardio tomorrow
  • finished work
  • had dinner with friends
  • hit Target for some “essentials”
  • looked up what our friends’ friends were doing on Facebook
  • stared at the walls

And here’s a selective list of things we’ve eaten in the past instead of a clean meal:

  • cake
  • a milkshake
  • a Doritos Locos Taco Supreme (or three)
  • macaroni and cheese
  • one jelly, one chocolate sprinkle and one glazed old-fashioned donut
  • orange chicken with steamed rice
  • a pizza (Yes, a whole one. And not a tiny little personal pizza, either.)
  • nachos
  • cheese fries
  • pad Thai
  • a slice of cheesecake
  • another slice of cheesecake

On every single one of those occasions, we had a compelling reason why there was no possible way we could get to the gym or stomach another chicken breast that day. 

If you’re anything like us (and if you’re human, we’ll assume you are), battling the excuses your brain invents comes with the fitness territory. Hopefully, like us, you’re successful in bludgeoning your brain into submission most of the time. But on those days when, for whatever reason, temptation is strong, page through this list of excuses and use our experts’ advice to prevail.

Excuses That Women Make

We’re all for equality of the sexes, but in certain realms, men and women are just flat-out different. Sure, some of these excuses afflict men, too, but these are the most common things that trainers Jan Love, an ACE-certified trainer with a master’s degree in spiritual psychology, and Anja Garcia, RN, an AFAA-certified instructor and DailyBurn.com trainer, hear from the women they work with.

Women