Does your heart, mind and body say, “yes” to exercise but you just can’t seem to bridge that gap from wanting it and actually doing it? Well hopefully today’s article from Simone Smith will help! Keep reading to see if your top excuses are listed here and find out how to overcome them.
There’s no shortage of ways to get healthy and fit, but procrastinating isn’t one of them. Sitting around dreaming up a world where you’re active and toning your muscles is a great place to start, but you’ll need to actually apply yourself sooner or later. When it comes down to putting off exercises, a lot of people use the same tired excuses. They’re getting old, and most of them don’t even count as valid and solid excuses.
It’s time to pull yourself up by the boot straps and put on a pair of jogging trainers!
1. “There’s No Time.”
You might feel like this is the perfect excuse to avoid exercise, especially if you work full time and have a family to take care of. It seems like there’s never enough time in the day when you get stuck in a complicated routine. When you do have a spare moment, it’s tempting to spend that time doing something that you like. Who says you can’t multitask?
If you’re a reader, listen to audiobooks while you go for a brisk walk or jump on the treadmill. If you want to binge watch your favorite show on Netflix, there’s no reason you can’t lift weights at the same time. If you are an avid swimmer, you can even buy special headphones to listen to your favorite music while swimming.
The point is, unless you are really aiming to be a professional athlete with extreme training routine requiring you to be 100% focused, you can allow yourself to multitask a little bit, exercising and doing a less tiring activity on the side.
2. “I Always Have My Children With Me.”
Some people avoid exercise because their kids come first. Do you know who else needs exercise? Those very same kids. Take up a sport with your children. Chase them around on the playground. Run around the field while they’re at soccer practice. Grab a few water bottles and go for a family walk around your neighborhood. Some gyms offer child care as part of a membership if you’re looking to join one. Your whole family will benefit from becoming more active and you will be able to cross yet another pointless excuse off of the list.
3. “I’m Exhausted.”
You may be exhausted from lack of exercise. As strange as that sounds, it’s a completely valid possibility, especially with people who haven’t been exercising for a long time. Exercise encourages your body to dip into its natural energy reserves. You might feel drained and tired after a heavy workout, but as soon as the endorphins kick in, you will not only feel happier but also force your body recharge its energy to the fullest, giving you a great boost.
Exercising in the morning can actually improve your energy levels throughout the day, and exercising in the afternoon can help you beat the after-lunch slump. All you have to do to beat the low-energy-level state that prevents you from taking up exercises is actually start exercising.
4. “It’s No Fun.”
Washing the dishes isn’t fun either, but you still need to do it. Nothing is fun unless you let yourself enjoy it. Exercise with your friends or family and allow the workout to become not only an exercise opportunity but also a bonding experience for all of you.
If you prefer to exercise alone, listen to your favorite music. Go for a solitary walk and enjoy the Zen tranquility that comes from being able to clear your head while enjoying the fresh air and making your body stronger and fitter. Sometimes, it’s a matter of shifting your perspective and making the most of what you have.
5. “I Don’t Have the Motivation.”
Motivation isn’t going to fall into your lap. Most of the time, motivation won’t kick in until something has become a regular part of your life. Once you start exercising, you can set personal goals for yourself to keep you tethered to your workout regimen.
Just a small piece of advice here: Although you should always aim high, you might easily get discouraged if you don’t see the results quickly which may destroy your motivation completely. That’s why it’s important to set realistic goals, especially at the beginning of your training.
Instead of saying that you will look like a body builder in three years, set short-term goals that you can actually achieve and see the results. Maybe you want your favorite pair of pants to fit again in four months. Maybe you want to add a few pounds of muscle before summer. Maybe you just want to beat your own record you set up a week ago. And when you do – you will find additional motivation to set another goal.
Remember that you won’t be able to harvest motivation from the air around you. You’re waiting for a moment that will never come.
Exercise is something you deserve. It’s less of a chore, and more of a reward for yourself. We often fill our own heads with excuses when it comes to taking care of ourselves. Your family, friends, and even your employer will all benefit from a happier, healthier you.
About the Author
Simone Smith is a tech savvy blogger who shares her business and education related stories at Online Courses Australia. When not working, Simone might usually be found learning new skills and trying new hobbies in her constant pursuit for self-improvement.