How to Find Joy in Exercise So You Can Improve Physical Health


If you find yourself making excuses not to exercise and move, you may not have found your exercise joy.  Take notice of when you find yourself making excuses for your exercise routine.

Some of your exercise excuses may include:

  • I’m too tired to exercise.
  • I have too many things to do, I don’t have time.
  • I’m too old to start exercising.
  • I’m not athletic and I’m overweight.
  • I don’t have the right outfits or clothes to start exercising.
  • Exercise is boring.
  • The kids have homework.

If you find yourself making excuses, look for ways to turn these excuses right around. For example, if one of your excuses is that exercise is boring, find activities you love to do.


If you love nature and being outdoors, hiking and playing tennis may be the exact exercise program you’re looking for. 

If you hate going to the gym, most likely you won’t be able to maintain a gym membership and get the most value for your money, no matter how good it may be for you.

On the other hand, if you love nature and being outdoors, hiking and playing tennis may be the exact exercise program you’re looking for. Design your life and build your exercise routine around the activities and places you love and enjoy.

Have you ever noticed that when you love to do something, you don’t spend time trying to figure out how you’re going to fit it into your schedule?

Harvey MacKay, entrepreneur, motivational speaker, author, and syndicated columnist says it best when he says, “Find something you love to do, and you’ll never work a day in your life.”

Creating a healthy and balanced lifestyle is about figuring out what makes you happy. The problem is, we forget to give ourselves permission to be happy and joyful.  We lose ourselves in all of the advice and easily get confused about who we truly are.

Getting to know yourself is key to making exercise and movement a life-long habit. And this is a key you want to hold.

Finding an exercise you like and enjoy simply means you’re having fun doing it!

Don’t be afraid to try something new.  Fear is there to protect us, but it can also keep us stuck.

Are you afraid you can’t keep up or will make a fool of yourself? Or that you don’t know the gym machines or hate asking for help?

Many people have this pre-conceived notion that the gym is full of people with perfect bodies. This simply isn’t true.

People visiting the gym and even those holding gym memberships are just like everyone else and everyone’s goal is to live a healthy and balanced lifestyle.  Even if you’re really out of shape, don’t worry about it and don’t obsess over your appearance.  You’ll find many supportive people every place you go.

Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and be the real you. Never forget that you’re not alone. Asking for help and assistance is a sign of strength, not a sign of weakness. Don’t hesitate to ask a gym employee or trainer for help. That’s what these people are there for and they are happy to assist you.

You might also consider working with a Wellness Coach or becoming one yourself! If you’re curious about a career as a Wellness Coach and what it might look like for you, visit our page on Wellness Coach Career Opportunities to learn more.

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About the Author

Suzanne Monroe

Suzanne Monroe is the author of Live Well Dream Big: The Ultimate Guide to Becoming Your Best Self and Living Life on Your Own Terms. She has also written and published The Holistic Cookbook & Lifestyle Guide: 12 Weeks to a Healthier, Happier You, the co-author of 101 Ways to Improve Your Health and the host of the Live Well Dream Big Podcast. Suzanne was inspired to create the IAWP Wellness Coach Training & Certification Program in collaboration with other leading health experts in order to inspire people to create meaningful careers and spread the message of wellness.

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