How many people do you know that want to actually get fit, or simply lose weight? Most people I know do. In fact, even the most “in shape” people I know still want to drop a few pounds. And of course, one of the most key factors in losing weight is exercise (sorry diet pills). The inherent problem that comes with exercise is that despite all of our desires, we lack the motivation to actually do what is necessary to get our butts to the gym. If desire was enough, we’d all have supermodel thighs. What we need to get those thighs takes a little courage, discipline and getting rid of our negativity we use to make excuses.
Everybody makes excuses; they are a dime-a-dozen and we unfortunately, are capable of coming up with an unlimited number of them! I’m going to go through a few of most popular reasons people cite in for their bad exercise habits, and show you how to get the benefits of a more active lifestyle; hopefully with a “helping” of supermodel thighs.
1. You’re Too Tired.
It’s 5 a.m., your alarm clock starts buzzing and, “just 10 more minutes…,” turns in to an hour extra in bed.
“I was up late last night.”
“It was sooo busy today: work was awful, I ran a ton of errands, the kids!”
The fact is that all of these things are a part of life, and all part of the excuse of, “I’m just too tired.” Even if you have the motivation, you convince yourself that you don’t have the stamina to get in a decent workout. So you don’t.
The good news is that you can beat your excuses! Remember that working-out don’t have to just drain you, it can energize you too! Exercise gets blood pumping to your brain, lifting the fog in your mind, making you feel more alert. It also releases dopamine and serotonin, both hormones that make you feel great. Have you ever heard of the runner’s high? Well, dopamine and serotonin provide this. Remember, you don’t have to win an olympic medal every time you exercise, you just have to just START your workout. Who knows, you just might feel better after you exercise, and have the rewarding feeling of having accomplished something for yourself during the day.
***A good starter tip is to work out when you have your most natural energy. If you know that you get a second wind around 8pm, put that energy to good use and head out to the gym; use that DVR for all your nightly television. Also, if you know that you are wide awake at 5am. but are exhausted by 5pm, hitting the gym early might just be your thing.
2. There is not enough time.
We all seem to make the excuse of simply not having the time to exercise. The sad truth about this excuse, is we are not prioritizing our fitness. We make time for the things we value and deem the most important in our lives… is your health not important to you? If you really take a look at your time that is spent watching TV, or consuming social media, you’d probably be embarrassed at the total. How much is it for you, 30 minutes, an hour, more? Rather than spending all your free time binging, most studies that you can find in a simple internet search, show that it only takes 20-30 minutes of physical activity each day to get the benefits of healthier lifestyle.
Most days we do, in fact, have 30 minutes to prioritize our health; we just don’t. However, if actually getting to a gym is a problem, exercising at home can be a decent substitute until we have time to go to the gym. Is your gym on the way to somewhere; work, school or the grocery store? Keep your gym bag stocked with a change of clothes and just stop in for a quick workout on the way from one errand to another. Remember, there is always a way to fit the important things in life in to your schedule, your health should be one of them.