Wednesday, October 8, 2014

6 Common Excuses that just WONT FLY

Excuses. My oh my. I have heard them all and I haven given them all too! Just because I like to workout some days, doesn’t mean that other days aren’t a struggle for me. I bet you’ve already given around 10 excuses regarding different things already today. EVERYONE makes excuses, whether they consciously recognize it or not. Getting past those daily excuses is when you become the BEST version of you.
Most Common Fitness Based Excuses

1.) “I have no time to exercise.”
  • Haven’t we all said it. Over. And over. And over. Well guess what, there are much busier people, doing much more than you! When you make your health a priority, this will no longer be an excuse that’s plausible for you!
  • Try waking up 30 minutes earlier to do your workout before you do anything else that day! Since it’ll be done, guess what, no constant nagging thoughts about how you have to find time to workout! Tada!
  • Instead of meeting your friend over a cup of coffee, meet at the park for a light run or walk to discuss the same information!
2.) “This workout is so boring”
  • First off, if you don’t enjoy your workout, then CHANGE IT UP! Do stick with something that you hate. If you hate lifting weights, then do cardio. If you hate cardio, then do weights. If you hate them both, well then suck it up honey because you need it!
  • A routine will obviously get pretty dull if you’ve done the same routine 100 x’s. Walking/running the same route over and over will get monotonous quickly. If you enjoy the activity you’re doing, then find a way to change it up a bit. Add a mini strength circuit for every 5 minutes of cardio (push-ups, squats, lunges, etc). Anything to keep you from doing the same thing over and over!
  • Workout with a partner. We all know how much better a workout can be when you have someone there to help keep you going and push you!
3.) ” I have no energy to workout.”
  • If you don’t workout on the regular, you’re right. You probably don’t have any additional energy to expend for exercise.
  • “In a study published in the journal Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics in 2008, University of Georgia researchers found that inactive folks who normally complained of fatigue could increase energy by 20% while decreasing fatigue by as much as 65% by simply participating in regular, low-intensity exercise.”
  • Exercise actually creates energy within your body. Your body will rise up to the challenge to gain more energy by getting stronger.
  • If you are tired or sluggish after work everyday and can’t see to get any type of activity in once you’re off the clock, wake up 30 minutes early in the morning and do your workout first thing! You’re body is most fueled & energized right when you wake up.
4.) ” I am feeling lazy today.”
  1. Just remember: the hardest step is the FIRST step.
  2. You will break that “lazy ” feeling right after you start! Don’t let it stop you from bettering yourself!
5.) “I’m too old.”
  • I won’t even go there. Seriously. If my grandmother can make time to walk on the treadmill everyday, so can you! PERIOD
  • With age, exercising becomes more important actually. Physical activity can help stave off sarcopenia (muscle loss) and prevent falls.
Old Man with Muscle - Workout Motivation for Old People
6.) “My kids get in the way,”
  • I cannot say I personally have experience with this because I have no children. However, I do have friends that kick butt with their workouts even with 2 & 3 kiddies running around.
  • Make it fun for them. Take a family walk while the kids ride their bikes, or get pushed in a stroller.
  • Do your workout before they wake or during nap time.
  • If they’re old enough, explain to them why exercise is so important to you (to help keep your family healthy and alive forever). They’ll most likely understand and might even want to jump in with you for a few seconds!

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