4 excuses you need to stop making
1. I'll do it tomorrow
This is one of the worst excuses you can make because tomorrow comes and you'll still be saying "I'll workout tomorrow." Before you know it a week goes by and you realize you didn't get any workouts in for the week.
2. I don't have time
Sure, you're busy, but we are all busy. Whether you're working full-time or going to school, it can feel like you don't have enough time to workout. The truth is, you do have time, you just need to prioritize it better.
I reality, you're not busy 24/7. Think about all the hours you spend each week on your phone, watching tv, or browsing the internet. Unless you're superhuman, I am willing to bet you spend more than an hour on any one of those things each day.
Just think, if you spend even just one hour dedicated to working out (doing the actual workout plus time to get ready/get to the gym), you can easily do that every day. Am I right?
One way to "find extra time" in your day is to wake up a little earlier and get your workout done first thing in the morning. Yes, it's rough to wake up early at first, but getting your workout done and over with early is such a great feeling. Then, you will be able to relax after work instead of worrying about having to workout later.
Another way to find extra time is to get your workouts in over the weekend. Some people take the weekend off from working out as a way to relax, but it is honestly my favorite time to workout. I am always more rested over the weekend which gives me more energy to do tougher workouts.
I usually also have more time over the weekend, which means I don't have to rush at the gym. It is so much more relaxing being able to do my workout at my own pace without scrambling to get to work on time.
So, moral of the story, there's always time to workout, you just have to make it ;)
3. I am too tired to workout
You might feel tired, but more times than not you have enough energy to do some type of workout. You don't have to do a super strenuous workout, but anything is better than nothing. Usually, after a few minutes of working out, you will feel more energized and will be able to finish it no problem.
Some mornings I wake up feeling tired, knowing that there's no way I'd be able to do something too strenuous like a BBG workout or HIIT sprints. On those mornings I ask myself if I feel up to doing something lighter, like walking on the treadmill or doing a light ab workout. More times than not, I know that I can get one of those done, so I do it. So, next time you feel too tired, try doing something light. Any workout is better than nothing.
Some days, you'll know that you are just too tired, and that's okay too. It is important to not overwork your body or else you could injure yourself or get run down. On those days, it's best to rest. My whole point here is don't overuse the "I'm tired" excuse and instead challenge yourself to do some sort of workout if you feel up to it.
4. I don't like working out
Okay, I get it that not everyone enjoys working out. There's times when I hate it too. But, if there's anything I've learned, it's that if you don't like working out, it's probably because you haven't found the right type of workout for you.
The great thing is, there's so many ways to be active. If you aren't into lifting weights or doing cardio, try a class at the gym or a boutique studio. I used to avoid group fitness classes, but once I started going to Soul Cycle, I realized how much fun they are.
Classes are great because good music , an energetic instructor, and a class full of people can make it seem like a party. Plus, you'll feel more motivated to push yourself since other people and your instructor are watching.
If you're feeling bored of your current workout routine, look into some classes in your area to switch things up!
If you aren't a class type of person or don't have the budget for one, then get outside! In my humble opinion, working out outside is always more fun than in a gym. You can go for a run, a bike ride, or a hike. I personally love hiking and exploring new places. The great thing about hiking too is that it doesn't always feel too strenuous, but it is always a great full-body workout. If you need some inspiration, you can check out some of my hiking posts here and here.
So, if you are finding that you don't like working out, start exploring new ways to break a sweat!
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