How many times have you woke up and said “Nah, I am not feeling it today I think I will skip my workout today?” How many times has that one skip turned into 2, then 3 and maybe the whole ding dang week? I know we all have the best of intentions when we wake up but as soon as we hit the floor the excuses start flooding in. I went through a time period that I let excuses get in the way almost everyday. These excuses I came up with were excellent reasons but the key word to focus on is “EXCUSES” It is funny because at the time these seem so legit and you can rationalize it all day long but in the end its still an excuse and you are only playing games with yourself. It is hard to get yourself into a routine, trust me I know. The best way to do it is just start and push play no matter what, even if it is only for 10-15 minutes.
No one wants to play the excuse game. I think sometimes we just need to get a little tough on ourselves and realize what we are doing. See what you think about the below excuses and see if you can see yourself in any of them. If so, what can you change so you don’t get trapped into it tomorrow?
THE EXCUSE: “I’m too busy!”
Instead of letting the list of to do’s control your every waking moment why not schedule your activity like you would a meeting? I have a whiteboard in my office and honest truth it is written in each day. No bed time for Judy if she does not get her exercise in. “It’s about prioritizing and planning ahead. Set a time and schedule it, as if it were a dental appointment,” says Jimi Varner, a trainer on MTV’s I Used to be Fat series. Of course, there will be days when you really are too swamped to squeeze in a full workout—but that doesn’t mean you should skip it altogether. Instead, try to carve out a few minutes to break a sweat. “If you have just 10 minutes, it’s still progress,” Varner says. “It doesn’t have to be an hour and a half, so knock it off.” Go outdoors and do a few sprints, or try a time-crunch-friendly program like FOCUS T25 or P90X3. The key here is just push play.
THE EXCUSE: “I’m beat.”
Whether you’re achey from yesterday’s workout or drained from a long week at work, don’t bail out just because you’re low on energy. Working out is just what your body is craving, trust me. Start slowly, and gauge how you’re feeling after the first few minutes. “It’s okay to exercise at a lower intensity for a shorter time. Start doing it, and really listen to your body to see if this is nurturing or punishing,” says Michelle Segar, PhD, Associate Director for University of Michigan’s Sport, Health, and Activity Research and Policy Center and a motivation and behavioral sustainability researcher. “This helps get people more in tune with their body and actually can improve their desire to move.” Promise yourself you’ll do the first five minutes of your workout—once you get going, chances are you’ll go ahead and push through. It is funny because Mike and I exercise VERY different. He loves to do P90X which has some long (45-90 min) routines. I on the other hand might exercise for that long but mentally I need to know I can get it all done in 25-30 minutes which is why I love 21 Day Fix and Rebounding. If I feel like going longer I do it. There have been many times I went into our gym, cranked out 10-12 minutes and turned off the DVD player. Reality is sometimes you just aren’t in the mood but the important part is you really never know unless you push play and try.
THE EXCUSE: “I’m broke.”
When you’re on a tight budget, it can be hard to justify the cost of a monthly gym membership. But you don’t need Globo-Gym to get in shape. “Walking is among the best ways to move, and you can do it anywhere,” Segar says. And Varner suggests picking up furniture movers (usually under $10) and using them for lunges or mountain climbers. Here is one of my favorite walking routines that I got FREE from YouTube and you don’t even have to leave your house (NO EXCUSE ABOUT THE WEATHER 🙂 There are countless FREE workouts you can get off the internet. Message me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will share with you some of my favorites.
THE EXCUSE: “The gym is intimidating.”
You might feel like everyone’s staring at you, but the truth is, they’re probably way too busy worrying about how they look to even pay attention to you :-). If you ever take a moment and watch people at the gym they are either into gabbing with their friend on the treadmill or watching themselves in the mirror and are completely bilious to you. Put on your headphones and tune it all out. Focus on you and the changes you are making by working out. I go through stages where I like going to the gym and when I dislike it a lot. I know it is weird but the biggest reason I don’t like the gym is I am becoming a tad of a germafob (IDK how to spell that)
THE EXCUSE: “I’m bored.”
Fitness ruts are no fun, we have all had them. The things is there’s no workout rule that says you have to stick to a rigid, repetitive fitness regimen. You can change up any part of your routine at anytime, you are the boss. Renew your enthusiasm by starting a new program, joining a new class, get off the treadmill and go outside for a run. I am the queen of getting bored with my workouts. Thankfully over the years our collection has grown and is still growing. Cant wait for Insanity Max to come out in December. Somedays I hit our gym and do a program, somedays I hit the beach and power walk, somedays I rebound, you get my point. I always push play of some sort. NO EXCUSES
THE EXCUSE: “I’m dieting instead.”
Just because you’re counting calories, it doesn’t mean you have carte blanche to chill on the couch. “Diet alone works well when weight loss is the goal, but adding exercise to the mix can enhance the results,” Varner says. “Exercise has countless other health benefits than just weight loss—you’ll look better, feel better, sleep better, have more energy, and be more productive at work and home.” And with all those benefits, why would you want to make excuses? Exercise to me is about the mental more than the physical. I will admit I am on a mission right now to gain some nifty shoulders but normally it is all about the mental for me. I know Mike feels horrid if he does not get his AM workout in. When you combine the power of movement with clean eating you are unstoppable. To me you can’t achieve a state of balanced health without both components.
Now who is getting up tomorrow and working out?