It’s all too easy to put off a day of exercising for some reason or another. But the fact is, one day turns into another day missed, and unless you truly commit to your fitness routine you will not see the expected results. There are a million excuses out there, and remember, excuses are like…a certain body part…and we all have them.
1. I don’t have the money for a gym. Gym memberships are less than you may think; some are as cheap as $20 a month and if you sign up during a special you can avoid the enrollment fees. If that’s still too much, you can easily set up an inexpensive gym in your living room. How do you think people stayed fit in the ‘olden days? Parents, don’t forget to consider the sanity you’ll be gaining while your kids are in the gym nursery for an hour.
2. I’m too busy. The thing is, everyone is busy in this crazy world we live in. Why aren’t you too busy to watch TV at night, or stroll aimlessly through the aisles at Target wanting things you don’t really need? Time management is definitely important, but if you make appointments with yourself to workout, your energy will start to increase and you may find you have even more time to do things you love. I know it takes time to workout and shower, but your body and mind will thank you. Also if you find something you enjoy doing, you may actually look forward to your sweat sessions.
3. I don’t know how. Consider yourself lucky for the free access you have to everything fitness on the Internet. You can find step by step articles, pictures, even videos of basic to advanced moves, all in the comfort of your own home. If you don’t have the Internet, make a date with the library and bring lots of change; make copies of all sorts of info and create your own collection to bring home. You can probably think of a coworker, fellow mom, classmate, etc. who is a fitness buff and would be more than happy to take you under their wing. And if you join a gym, they usually offer a free personal training session to help acquaint you with the equipment and set up an initial routine.
4. I don’t have enough energy. Under this excuse can come all sorts: “I feel too fat,” “I feel skinny today, I can skip a day,” “I’m hungover,” “I didn’t get enough sleep last night,” etc., etc., etc. More than likely you won’t wake up most days bouncing into your workout clothes and ready to rock. It’s hard to stay motivated and override your inner wimp, but you have to remember all the positive things about working out. Remember this is the same motivator I talked about in avoiding junk food. The endorphins, the increased energy, better self esteem, body image, and better mood all around should be enough bait to drag your tired self to work hard each day. But don’t get bummed if you miss a day, just get back to it the next.
You can always find an excuse, so challenge yourself to stop looking for them and put one foot in front of the other on your road to a healthier you. Once you get in the habit, it gets much easier and you will find yourself craving your heartrate to increase once a day.