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Excuses. Excuses. Excuses.

on January 28, 2012

Why don’t you exercise? Too tired? Not enough time?  Too expensive?  Don’t know what to do?  Stop with the excuses!  There are 101 reasons why you can’t exercise and only one why you can…because you want to feel better than you do at this very moment.

If you are happy with your weight, your blood pressure and cholesterol are good, you can walk up a flight of steps without getting winded, you sleep well, you aren’t stressed out, you have toned and strong muscles and you are happy with your sex life- read no further as you have arrived. For the rest of us- let’s get rid of those excuses.

1- I’m too tired to work out.  Do you ever say to yourself OR to others “I’m so tired” followed by “I’m completely exhausted” or “I’m beat” and other not-so-uplifting statements. Did you know your body can hear you? Stop telling yourself and everyone else how tired you are and do something about it.  If you are staying up too late, enforce a bedtime. Do what it takes to get to bed on time, shut off the computer and TV and start listening to your body. Most of us can’t change the time we wake up but doing a few things in the evening can make your morning less hectic. Set out clothes and shoes for the next day, clean the kitchen and get it ready for breakfast, have your purse, laptop bag, keys, etc. in one place.  Lots of little things done ahead might give you an extra 15 minutes in the morning!

2- I’m too busy to work out.  I hear this on ALL the time.  Yes, we all have demands in our life.  Job, kids, spouse, and just life in general can be very time consuming but are any of these things stealing your time?

  • Checking Email & Responding All The Time
  • Checking/Updating Facebook, Twitter, MySpace All The Time
  • Going to the Grocery store every single day for 1 or 2 items
  • Paying bills piecemeal over the month instead of in chunks or online.
  • Watching too much TV

If you decrease each of these items by even 5 or 10 minutes, (in no time) you’ll have 30 minutes to use for working out or some other physical activity! Reading this blog is not a waste of time, but how many minutes (hours) have you been online today? A favorite quote “Those who think they have no time for exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.”

3- Exercise is Boring.  Yep, running on a treadmill for 30 minutes everyday can be boring.  So why are you wasting your time doing something you don’t like when there are so many options? Find some forms of exercise that you enjoy- walking, cycling, swimming, skiing, yoga, zumba, tennis, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, racquetball, dancing, etc.  The possibilities are endless.  Try new things and switch them up now and then to keep your workout interesting. Many gyms offer free or sample classes so you can try before you buy, I highly recommend it.

4- I can’t afford to join a gym.  Have you checked the cost of joining a gym lately?  There are LOTS of great deals out there and many employers offer reimbursement so it might be more affordable than you think.  I know the YMCA offers scholarships and reduced fees in some cases as well.  If a gym still isn’t in your budget, there are plenty of other ways to workout that are inexpensive  and some are free!  Start a walking program, ride your bike, dance, jump rope, invest in a few workout DVD’s.  Goodwill or  used sports equipment stores are great places to shop- I bought my rollerblades at Goodwill for $5, they were new with the tags still on!

5- I’m Too Fat.  If you are worried about going to the gym because you are out of shape, stop worrying.  The images in your head are not at all what you will see in the gym.  Yes, there are a few hardbodies but mostly the gym is full of people just like you.  Don’t worry about how you look in your gym clothes.  Don’t worry that everyone will stare.  Don’t worry that you don’t know what you are doing.  Don’t worry that you will sweat or your hair will get messed up.  I spend a lot of time at the gym and I have taught many, many new people who were  just as worried, in fact, I was a worrier at one time!   I recommend working with a personal trainer (they are NOT like the Biggest Loser) or take a few classes until you get comfortable.  And don’t worry that people will see you without make-up, the gym is a judgement free zone!

Challenge for the day: What’s YOUR excuse and how are you going to overcome it?

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