Excuses -- we all have them and we've all made them. Sometimes your reasons for skipping a workout are entirely valid (maybe you're sick, for example) but most of the time, our excuses are pretty flimsy. When you give in to these excuses, you are preventing yourself from reaching your full potential! No one wants to see that!
Here are some of the most common workout excuses out there and some ways to help you beat them!
1) "I'm too tired."
Most of the time, this excuse is totally bogus. Exercise actually gives you MORE energy. More often than not, you'll walk away from your workout feeling totally revived and refreshed. If you find yourself constantly offering up this excuse, take a closer look at your sleep habits.
Try going to bed earlier at night to ensure that you are getting 7.5 to 9 hours of sleep each night. Turn off all your electronic devices at least an hour before you turn in and keep your room as dark as possible.
If this doesn't help, consider changing the time of day you work out. Maybe you have more energy first thing in the morning than you do at the end of your work day. Go with your natural energy peaks and schedule your workout for those times.
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2) "It's too difficult."
News flash: working out is supposed to be challenging! It is only through pushing yourself and working hard that you will find the results you're after. Besides, when something is difficult, and you do it anyway, you'll feel a greater sense of accomplishment, achievement, and confidence going forward.
Instead of thinking about how difficult something is, keep yourself focused on your end goal. This will help keep you in a positive, forward-looking, mindset until your workout is finished!
3) "The weather is terrible."
We know, some days it is too hot, too cold, too rainy, too snowy, or too windy to do much of anything. That's why you need a back up plan. For those days when heading outdoors is impossible and/or travel is unsafe, clear yourself some space in the living room, grab some weight and do a short body weight routine. Being stuck indoors is not a good reason for not moving.
4) "The gym is too expensive."
You don't need a gym membership to keep yourself in shape. Any space, indoors and out, can be used as a workout space! At BodyRock, we strongly believe in, and support, the home workout movement. With SweatFlix, you can find all of our workout programs in one place, any time you want them. Whether you are looking for a 21 day bootcamp or a shorter challenge, SweatFlix has it.
It is like having a personal trainer right there in your own home! No excuses when you can stream a killer workout, at home, on demand. Check it out! It's free to try for 30 days and much cheaper than a gym!
5) "I don't have time to workout."
Gone are the days when you have to spend hours at the gym doing cardio workouts. Science has shown that doing shorter, HIIT-style, workouts are very effective in muscle building and fat loss.
All you really need is 12 minutes! Everyone, even the busiest person you know, has a spare 12 minutes. That's all you need to get your heart rate up and your blood pumping. If you want to add more from there, you can but when you find yourself feeling short on time, remember: 12 minutes.
If you need some great 12 minute workout ideas, check out the hundreds of offerings available in SweatFlix!
6) "It's that time of the month."
We know that when you are feeling crampy, achy, bloated, moody and exhausted, working out may be the last thing you're looking to do but trust us, it can help! Exercise improves your circulation and gets your digestion working which can help ease many of the symptoms you may be feeling.
Similarly, exercise helps elevate your mood, helping you to feel less irritable and cranky. You don't have to go hard, some light exercise or a yoga routine can do the trick. Next time you find yourself feeling this way, try these yoga moves that are perfect for easing that period pain.
7) "I don't feel motivated."
Sometimes motivation leaves us unexpectedly and with no explanation. One day you don't feel like working out so you skip it, and before you know it, you've missed an entire month. Once you are that far behind, it can be difficult to find your way back in.
To keep yourself motivated, try breaking down your ultimate goal into several smaller goals. This will help you celebrate the smaller victories on the way to your fitness triumph.
This can be as simple as telling yourself that you will workout for just a few minutes. Once you have those few minutes under your belt, you'll be far more likely to want to keep right on going!
8) "I don't know where to start."
Everyone needs to begin somewhere. No one starts out with 6 pack abs and the ability to bust out the most advanced moves possible. The most important thing about getting started is simply that -- getting started! Don't be afraid of what you don't know. If you're at the gym, ask a trainer or a more experienced gym goer for help with the equipment. If you're doing a home workout, start with one that's designed for people at your fitness level.
The BodyRock Beginner Bootcamp is a great place to start. It is challenging enough to keep you interested but not so advanced that you will want to quit! And when you're done Beginner, you can check out the Level Up Challenge, designed to help you go from our beginner bootcamp to our intermediate bootcamp! We've got you covered every step of the way.
If you are feeling alone or unsure, reach out to us. We're always happy to answer your questions and help you find ways to turn a healthy lifestyle into your lifestyle. You are never alone in this process! While workout excuses are common, they don't have to derail your efforts. You have to be stronger than your strongest excuse. You owe it to yourself! You got this!
What is your most common excuse and how do you get around it? Share your tips with us!