Excuses, excuses. Putting off your fitness routine for the evening, or eating bad things because you feel like it are not necessarily indicators that you’re veering off track but when you consistently make excuses in order to get out of doing things, it could be a sign that something needs to change. When you’re feeling tired and distracted, it’s easy to make rationalizations in order to skip your workout but pretty soon, you can risk them become a reality. If you find yourself relying on these common excuses more often than not, it could be time to make a change. You need to start answering to yourself.
- I’m Too Busy
Out of all the excuses out there, failing to find enough time in the day in order to work out has to be top of the list. While leading a busy professional and social life can be a real drain on your energy reserves, you can still find the time in which to work out if you’re really committed to it. Incorporating exercise routines into your everyday life can help to whip your body into shape when you’re on the go; it just pays to pay attention to the types of activities open to you. Cycling to work, parking further from the office or taking the stairs might not seem like huge changes to make but over time, their effects can begin to really transform your health. Your “non-workouts” can soon become the way in which you really whip yourself into shape!
- I Can’t Motivate Myself
The thought of starting from scratch and entering the gym is a daunting process, even if you have a little fitness already behind you. Finding the courage and motivation in order to work out on a regular basis can be a very real struggle and over time, you might use your fear as a way of cutting your exercise. There is a way of getting around anything. Try enlisting a friend for the first few workout sessions that you’re going to be attending, or signing a few people up to some fitness classes. You can build up your confidence by going in with someone at your side and motivate yourself to keep coming back every week. As soon as you start to feel more comfortable with working out, showing up alone won’t be as daunting as you thought!
- I Can’t Get Interested In Exercise
For many people, boredom and exercise go hand in hand. If the thought of hitting the gym or sweating on the sidewalk doesn’t appeal to you, however, there are a ton of other options out there that can still do your body a world of good. The trick is to sample a few things before you commit. Try signing up for a few workout classes, attending an outdoor bootcamp or sampling a few pilates classes. You never know what is for you until you give it a try. You can also try setting yourself challenges during each workout, seeing how many repetitions you can complete within a certain period of time. “Gamifying” your workout is sure to pump up the levels of excitement, motivating you to be even better the next time you hit the gym.