Have you ever woke up in the morning and thought, “I just don’t want to workout. I’m sleeping in today!”
If so, you’re not alone. You’re among the hundreds of people that have said that as well, but have you ever thought of how you can overcome those feelings? There are many reasons and excuses NOT to go to the gym, but how about the many important reasons that you SHOULD go to the gym – shouldn’t they override the excuses? What’s keeping you from getting healthier, and feeling leaner and stronger?
Let’s rid of the fitness excuses and get on the right track!
The most common excuse: “I don’t have time.”
You don’t have the time.. or you don’t want to make the time? There’s a difference between those two statements. So many people use the excuse, “I don’t have time,” stating that they have a full time job, children at home, chores to do when they get home from work, children’s recreational activities, etcetera. All of those things may seem like good excuses and ways to push working out to the side.
But while you’re running crazy busy all day, I’m sure you’ve been too busy to make healthy eating decisions as well, therefore a quick 30-minute workout is just what you need! Use your busy schedule as an excuse to have some me time and feel good about yourself for burning extra calories.
“I’m too tired.”
This is the one of the worst excuses to have, because believe it or not, working out gives you energy! Fact – exercise releases dopamine in the body, which actually reduces fatigue. Exercising also releases endorphins in your body, which act like analgesics, meaning that they take away the perception of pain. Regular exercise has been proven to reduce stress, decrease anxiety, boost self-esteem, and improve sleep. Exercising before your busy day begins is not only a great way to “get it out of the way,” but also to start your day on the right foot, with a boost of energy!
“I have too many health issues.”
Sounds like exercise is just what you need! Pre-approved by a doctor of course, increasing exercise could be the jump-start you need to living a healthier life. It’s understandable that people have injuries, decreased range of motion, arthritis, and other body changes slowing them down from working/moving as well as they used to. You don’t have to be an CrossFit athlete to exercise. Getting up, moving, and increasing your heart rate is the most important step to becoming healthier.
“I walk a lot at work, so that counts as my exercise.”
Although it is great that you have an active job rather than a sedentary one, unless you are jogging or keeping your heart rate in the active level, you shouldn’t consider it your daily exercise. Even if you wear an step counter at work and find out you are walking 5 miles everyday, it counts as activity, not exercise – there is a difference between the two. Aim to still get a 30 minute workout in when you wake up or after the kids are aslee, or even do a 15 minute HIIT circuit if you’re short on time.
“I don’t have the money for a gym membership.”
This is a legitimate excuse, but still one that we can conquer. Gym memberships can be expensive, but they do provide you with a variety of options for working out, like equipment sets, aerobic classes, and personal trainers.
If the gym isn’t your thing, there is a even bigger variety of options for at-home workouts! Do you have the internet? Google? Youtube? Pinterest? There are workouts galore spread all over the web ready for you to access from your very own living room. A simple circuit of calisthenics is enough to get your heart rate going whilst staying in the house. Mix up your routine by adding weights, doing it outside, or dancing to your favorite songs.
There are so many reasons why you don’t want to work out, but so many more as to why you should. Fight off the excuses, be stronger than you were yesterday, and make goals to becoming healthier and happier!