Now that it is almost a month in to the New Year, I find myself constantly making excuses as to why I can’t make it to the gym.
With the short days and frigid temps, it’s very hard to get motivated to even want to go to the gym! But is that all that’s keeping me from working out?
What’s keeping you from working out? Whether it’s too little time, not enough energy, or just hating to exercise, there’s a solution. Get ready to get motivated.
Exercise Excuse No. 1: ‘I Don’t Have Time.’
How much television do you watch?
During your shows, use resistance bands for strength training or walk in place. You could also record your shows and watch them later, skipping the ads; use that time to exercise!
Exercise Excuse No. 2: ‘I’m Too Tired.’
Working out actually gives you more energy. Your body makes feel-good hormones (endorphins), and you’re getting the circulation going.
It may help to work out in the morning before your day gets away from you.
Not a morning person? No problem. Do it whenever you feel best whether it is in the middle of the day or in the evening.
Exercise Excuse No. 3: ‘Exercise Is Boring.’
Find an activity you love. Try spinning or kick boxing. Join a sports league. Or go dancing. There’s an exercise for everyone, it doesn’t have to be onerous or unpleasant.
If it makes exercise more enjoyable for you, it’s OK to watch TV or read while you’re on the exercise bike or treadmill, as long as your workout is still challenging.
And every once in a while, try something totally new. mix it up so you don’t get bored!
Exercise Excuse No. 4: ‘I Just Don’t Like to Move.’
First, figure out why.
Is it that you don’t like getting sweaty? You can work out indoors where it’s air conditioned. You can swim so you won’t notice any perspiration. Or try a low-sweat activity, like gentle types of yoga.
If you’re self-conscious about your weight, you could start by walking with friends, working out in the privacy of your home, or exercising with a trainer who’s supportive. Wear clothes that feel comfortable.
How do you overcome workout excuses?