Friday, August 30, 2013

Excuses Debunked!

Most people can find reasons not to work out. For most, it takes a lot of will power to find reasons to work out.  I work out in the morning before my brain kicks in to tell me not too. But I also have learned to enjoy working out, it is my stress relief and I have found workouts that I LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

Here are some common excuses and some ways to over come them:

I don’t have the time - So that 30 mins that you watched tv or played on the computer, could not have been substituted for a work out or crazy concept combined for a work out. Get on a stationary bike/treadmill/elliptical etc and watch your fave show.  Don't have those, then every commercial do a different exercise (ie squats, lunges, jumping jacks, high knees) Every little bit counts. If it is important to you, you WILL find the time.  I wake up early so that I have time to work out. It is about what you are willing to do. This is not an excuse unless you work 24 hours a day!

I’m too tired - Exercising increases your energy, after about 5 mins into your work out, you will already feel your energy levels spike. You just have to make the effort, so lace up those shoes and get to work!

I’m lazy - well at least you admit it. Now do something about it. The weight will not fall off by itself.

It’s boring - find something you love, kickboxing, zumba, running, tennis, volleyball, biking.  There has got to be at least one thing that interests you. Find it and you will look forward to your work outs.

It’s painful and uncomfortable - well you haven't used your muscles in awhile, so sure in the beginning it will, learn to embrace the soreness and know you are working your muscles. Building up your muscles will protect your bones, which means less broken bones.  So suck it up buttercup!

I don’t know what to do - Then find a friend who does, use a video like T25, or Les Mills Combat that shows you how to do it, or get with a trainer. You have options.

It’s inconvenient - Ummm really? working out at home is inconvenient?  I do not go to a gym for that reason, but I can always work out at home.  Try sleeping in your work out clothes so all you have to do is put on shoes and get to work. Nothing inconvenient about that and you can totally work out in your underwear!

It’s too expensive - sure gyms are pricey, but there are TONS of free exercises you can do before you decide if you want to join a gym, buy videos or home equipment. I spend around $75-100 for a video program that lasts me 60-90 days and that i can repeat over and over. To me it is worth it. My exercise bike I got for free from a friend and I have had it for over 10 years. I love it! You have options, you just have to figure out which one you want to go with.

It doesn't do anything - Really?  This is your excuse?  Cannot come up with something better? Exercise does a lot for you. It relives stress, it builds muscle, it helps build lung capacity, lose/maintain weight, creates good endorphins, the list goes on and on. This is not a valid excuse, try another.

I’m embarrassed - I get it, which is why I work out at home. No one judges me there, if I do not do the moves exactly correct, have to go to my knees after the 100th push-up or mess up which way I am turning, it is okay, I am not going to knock anyone down. I do not even let my husband watch me work out. Home work outs are great for those who are embarrassed to go to the gym. Email me and I am happy to help you find a home work out that fits your needs!

So no excuses!  Mind over matter. If you really want a healthy lifestyle, nothing will stand in your way. Take baby steps. Start with eating clean, move to a 10-20 min work out a day, move it up to 30 min - 1 hr until it becomes habit and you cannot live without it. I started slow but cannot ever imagine going back to doing nothing and eating crappy. I feel better, I look better even at 7 months preggo and I am happy!  So lace up those shoes and get started today. remember I am always here if you need support, encouragement and motivation or direction exercise and food wise. I am happy to help!

Have a very fit day!

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