UPDATE: You get busy and somehow exercise gets pushed down your ladder of priorities, or more often than not, it’s completely skipped over despite being scheduled on your calendar. Here’s how to stop the I’m-too-busy-to-exercise excuses and make working out a regular part of your daily routine.


Visualize yourself exercising and how you want to look. In order to create a change, you have to see it. If you don’t see what you desire, you can’t get it. Create a video screen in your mind and keep “turning it on”.

Be Responsible

Victims give up all the benefits of being responsible. Realize that you are responsible for the choices you make. In this case, you either choose to exercise or not. By operating from this state of mind, you are accountable and take ownership of your actions. The benefits? Greater self-respect, time, and control of your life.

Put Exercise into Practice

Practice repetition and responsibility. Choose to exercise and establish a routine. Your brain has the ability to create new neural pathways. Therefore, you have the ability to do something different.

Choose Your Words Carefully

Don’t use the words “I need to” or “I should” exercise. Using these words means something is broken. Also, don’t tell yourself “I will try” to exercise. You either do or do not. There is no “try”. Tell yourself “I want to” or “I choose to” exercise.

Keep Your Word

“Something has come up” or “I’m too busy” are excuses for not following through on your commitment. Statements like “I have important things that need to get done” are justifications for not keeping your word. Give your word to your dreams and goals, then watch the effect.

Karen Owoc

Karen Owoc is a certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist specializing in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and lifestyle medicine. Her science-based approach to longevity, nutrition, and muscle health has made her the go-to source for health seekers and medical professionals alike. Karen's best-selling book on functional longevity, "Athletes in Aprons: The Nutrition Playbook to Break 100", and her transformative perspective have mended many minds, hearts, and spirits.

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