For some people, creating excuses is just part of developing an exercise routine. While deciding what workouts to do, when and how frequently, you may already be building your escape route. You may start out strong, really committed, but over time you find ways to get out of the work.
This is not an uncommon practice, in fact, everyone has done it at least once. We are human and being human means we sometimes look for the easiest option. Not working out is most definitely an easier option. However, it is not the better option. When you really think about it, don't you feel better after you workout? Like, really and truly better? Don't you find you have more energy and your endorphins make you feel more upbeat? Don't be afraid to grab hold of those positive vibes, use them to your advantage. Who really wants to take the easy way out anyways?
Here are 7 common exercise excuses that may be standing between you and your fitness goals:
1. "I'm too tired."
This excuse is easy to come by. And while you shouldn't go running yourself into the ground, you shouldn't let yourself off the hook so easily either. Just showing up and doing something is better than skipping it completely. No one ever said that every workout needs to be max effort. Do what you can do and rely on what you know to be true: you will feel energized and wonderful after a little sweat session!
2. "The gym is too expensive."
There is no way around it, gym memberships are expensive. Many times, that money is just something people cannot part with. It is understandable. But not being able to afford the expense of a membership is not a reason to avoid working out. At BodyRock, we've built our entire philosophy around getting fit, with minimal equipment, and for minimal dollars spent. With SweatFlix℠
, you can access over 90 hours of BodyRock workouts any time you want them! Basically, there's enough content in there for you to do one new workout everyday for 2 years! And the best part, it costs WAY LESS than a gym membership!
3. "But exercise is so boring."
Exercise is only boring if you allow it to be. Don't be afraid to shake things up. Exercise doesn't have to involve running on a treadmill for hours or mindlessly pumping iron in the weight room. Exercise can be anything that gets you moving, elevates your heart rate and challenges your muscles. Join a co-ed sports team at the office or hit a nature trail after work. Grab some pals and sign up for a dance class. Instead of using boredom as an excuse to not do it, find ways to make it fun!
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4. "I don't have enough time."
Who does have enough time? Folks who exercise don't always have extra time on their hands. They just make it a priority in their lives. We can always find time for the things we think are important! Schedule yourself some exercise time in your day. Sit down with your day planner or calendar, pencil it in and work everything else around it. And remember, you don't have to set aside hours to workout, anywhere from 10-30 minutes can be just as, if not more effective.
5. "I don't know how to train properly."
No one knows what they are doing at first. No one. When you are just starting out, it can be terrifying and overwhelming. Here at BodyRock we have many resources available to help you get where you need to be. Our real-time workouts are designed and performed by trainers who are not only willing, but able, to help you through any challenges you may be having. There is no need to feel like you are in this alone.
6. "I'm worried about being judged by experienced gym goers."
Experienced gym goers weren't always experienced gym goers. Remember this one thing: hardcore gym goers are busy focusing on their own workouts. They aren't paying any attention to you. And even if they were, does it really matter? You're getting out there and that is what counts. Just suit up and do your thing.
7. "I'm not motivated enough."
Motivation is not some gift you are born with, it is something you have to work on and practice every day. If you have set a goal that is too large or overwhelming, it is easy to lose your excitement and motivation. Break your goal down into more manageable pieces. Motivation has a snowball effect. Once you've mastered one of your smaller goals, you'll be excited to move onto the next and the next and the next. Do this for you. You are worth it!
What excuses do you find yourself turning to?