Excuses come in all shapes and forms and can impact every area of our lives. Relationships, career, personal goals.
If we let every excuse get to us we would never get anything done. I agree with Nike on this one…JUST DO IT.
When it comes to fitness, these are the top excuses I’ve heard.
Um, ok. Aren’t we all? Between work, sleep, and family alone there are not many extra hours in the day. It is all about prioritizing your values and
making creating the time to get those important tasks in.
Tip/Idea: Wake up a tiny bit earlier, MOVE on your lunch break and don’t remain sitting, get in a quick 20-30 minute workout right after work. Just do something. One idea is to jump rope for 5 minutes/day. I know you have 5 stinkin mins. I love my TKO Jump Rope. HELLOOO!
|Errrbody have time for a lil jump ropin!|
Again, we all are. Exercise can help rejuvenate you and give you that much needed boost of energy. Trust that you will feel a world of difference better if you are sluggish throughout the day.
Tip/Idea: Do 3 sets of 10 burpees. You will wake RIGHT UP!
I am all about vaca. But I am also all about not falling off the bandwagon too bad! When I went to Austin a few months ago for a bachelorette party I still squuuueezed in a 7 mile run. Every time I went to my cabin this summer I made sure to swim, run – or both!
Tip/Idea: Absolutely pack workout gear. That alone will keep you motivated to utilize precious packing space. Also getting the workout done first thing in the morning is a good idea. Starting my day out exercising makes me feel SO much better taking part in the fun to come
|Gettin in that morning workout on vaca|
This is so bogus. Yes, some memberships are expensive and participating in various sports and athletic events are not free. But there ARE numerous free or cheap options.
Tip/Idea: No gym membership or equipment? No problem. There are so many exercises that you can do solely with your own body weight. Check out my Pinterest boards Athletics and Group Fitness for some suggestions to get you started! Happy to provide more specific ideas too
Unpredictable and nothing you can do to change it. Cept a lil rain dance 😉
Tip/Idea: Be flexible. If the weather takes a turn for the worse than be open to an indoor workout. Half the battle is just GETTING to the gym. If you like biking an indoor trainer is a great option. Get in a good sweat while watching a lil boob tube. Talk about multi-tasking! Perfect!
|Indoor trainer is perfect when it’s raining|
|Indoor machines are always an option|
Too Outta Shape/Overweight/Self-Conscious
This one kills me. I have heard from so many people that they are “not in shape enough to workout”. This stems from being self-conscious at the gym or group fitness class and brings a tear to my eye. The reason to GO to these places is to get in shape – no one expects everyone to have perfect bodies BEFORE going to the gym/class. I do agree that some places are more intimidating than others but then just simply avoid them!
Tip/Idea: Many places offer free trials so try a few out and see where you are comfortable! You WILL find a place and routine that works for you! Grab a friend or trusting group to keep each other motivated. You can also work 1:1 with a personal trainer if you would like ideas for helpful workouts and don’t know where to start. Also – know that everyone was in your position at one point. I’ve been there
Too Much Time Off
It can be so easy to slip out of a healthy routine and it can be extremely daunting to start over. You remember how long it took for you to get to a certain peak and the thought of starting over at the bottom is overwhelming.
Tip/Idea: Just get started. NOW. Do not wait. Do not think. Just begin and you will thank yourself.
There are certain instances where you should truly take a break. If you have worked your butt off and can barely move then you should simply rest. Your body needs time to heel and recover. It is vital for your next big workout and to see progress.
It may seem obvious, but you are sick or injured – think about what you’re doing to your body. It is not worth the temporary race/game/competition to set yourself back long-term. I know from experience as I have run a half marathon on a sprained ankle. Yes – idiot. And I paid for it the next few months.
Tip/Idea: Listen to your body. If you truly need to rest do not push it. It is imperative for long-term health that you do what is best for yourself in the moment. Think about long-term goals and not instant gratification.
|Icing sore muscles is important|
|Well-deserved rest days are essential!|
OVERALL: Don’t think. Get started. Pull the trigger. Stop thinking. Just do it. Say yes. Start. Go.
This is basically the mentality I have had when signing up for any athletic event. If I were to stop and think what is actually ahead of me then one of the above excuses would take over. Not happening.