It’s amazing what people come up with when they don’t want to do something. “I’m too tired”, “It’s boring”, “It’s too expensive” are all some of the common excuses we make.
If this sounds like you, here are some of the most common exercise excuses you need to stop today so that you can start working towards your health and fitness goals.
1. I’m too tired
The go-to excuse when you don’t want to workout! Now, we don’t want you running yourself into exhaustion, but if this is a common excuse for you, it’s time to say goodbye. Sometimes we aren’t at our best, but remember, you don’t always have to give it 110%. Showing up and doing something is way better than not doing anything at all. Once you miss one workout, then you are far more likely to fall into the trap of missing the next, and then the next and so on. Did you know exercise can actually help with giving you energy and waking you up? Exercise also stimulates the release of endorphins (your feel-good hormones), so you will actually often end up feeling better AFTER the workout.
2. The gym is too expensive
A gym membership can definitely be expensive, but don’t let that be the reason you aren’t getting fit and healthy. There are plenty of things you can do that doesn’t involve a costly membership. That’s why, in our Sweating For The Wedding programme, all our workouts are ones you can do at home with minimal equipment that you can pick up pretty cheaply or second hand. There are plenty of options for you, that won't cost an arm and a leg, so don’t let money be an excuse.
3. But exercise is so boring
You can love exercise, or you can hate it. It just depends on how you go about it. If you find exercise boring, and you are using this as an excuse from getting fit and healthy, then it’s time to shake things up a little.Exercise doesn’t need to be boring, or something you find a chore, you will just need to find something you enjoy. Perhaps it’s picking up a social sport, or getting a buddy to workout with. Either way, rather than sitting there and saying it’s boring, start looking for ways you can make it fun.
4. I don’t have enough time
Everyone is busy these days, and with wedding planning added onto the list, it doesn't make it any easier. The major difference between someone who exercises and some who doesn’t isn’t that they have more time, it’s just that they make exercise a priority in their daily schedule. If not having enough time is your main excuse, perhaps it’s time to sit down and reshuffle a few things in your calendar and start scheduling in your exercise sessions. Exercise doesn’t need to take hours upon hours either. In fact, you can get effective workouts done in just 20 minutes.
5. I don’t know how to train properly
If you are new to exercise we know it can feel a little daunting when you first start out. But don’t let something new and unknown stop you from achieving what you want. All experts were beginners once, and everyone has to start somewhere. There are so many different resources online that can help.
6. I’m worried about being judged by experienced gym goers
Everybody has to start somewhere and any experienced gym goer, who has been working out for some time, has been a 'beginner' too. The thing is, experienced gym goers are too busy with their own workouts to pay attention to what anyone else is doing. So stop worrying about what people will think, and just get to it.
7. I’m not motivated enough
Guess what? You aren’t born with motivation to do something. In fact, motivation is something you actually need to work at on a daily basis. However, not having any motivation is not a good excuse. If the overall task or goal is a bit too overwhelming, break it down into smaller, more manageable chunks. Once you achieve one small thing, then you will feel motivated to keep going, and so and so on. On the days that you don’t want to workout or go to the gym, always go back to your goals and remember how good being fit and healthy makes you feel.
So no more excuses!! Now is the time to get fit and healthy and become the best person you can possibly be.