So, what is your excuse?

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I have heard a lot of excuses from people for not making it to the gym. We all have the same 24 hours to work with everyday. Set priorities and spend your time wisely rather than make excuses and kid yourself about why you are not reaching your fitness goals. Until you take responsibility or ownership of your actions or lack thereof, you are likely to stay on that couch in front of the television or on Facebook for one more evening.

I am 47. We have two daughters. I have a day job. Like everyone else, I too need to cook, do the dishes, the laundry, commute to work and put in a day’s work. Yet, I go to the gym six days a week. I think of it as an investment in my health and well being. If you are serious about your fitness goals, STOP MAKING excuses! There is no shortage of them. Here are a few common ones:

 

You are tired

You “feel” tired or you think you are, for you have had a long day and your brain is telling you that you deserve to sit back and relax. You end up taking it easy that night, promising yourself to work out the following day. The cycle repeats itself.

It takes energy to produce energy. While you may be tired, even a short 10-minute walk will get your blood pumping and will boost your energy levels for up to two hours after. Regular exercise helps improve the quality of your sleep, resulting in more energy throughout the day. Morning workouts make you feel more awake and energized all day long.

 

You have kids to look after

One day your kids might have someone to look after – you! You just might end up being an ill parent and a burden on them when they have their own kids to look after. Don’t be a parent that tells their kids that exercise is good for them but doesn’t follow their own advice. Your kids should be your biggest reason to exercise, not your biggest excuse.

 

I don’t have enough time.

This is probably the most common fitness excuse of them all. First off, when you say you don’t have enough time, what you are really saying is “I don’t have enough time for that”. Do you really think that if you were to add up all the time you spend watching TV and surfing the web throughout the average week you could not replace any of it with a workout? If you have time to party and eat out during weekends, maybe you have enough time but do not have enough time for fitness. A 30 minute workout takes up 2% of your day.

Eliminate 30 minutes of television viewing each night and exercise for half an hour instead. Unlike couch time, this will strengthen muscles, burn fat, lower your cholesterol and reduce your risk of diabetes and heart disease. Record your favorite shows and watch them while lifting weights or running on the treadmill to multitask. Get up an hour earlier in the morning and go for a walk before you start your day or bring along your sneakers and go for a walk during your lunch break. There are many little time stealers in your day, from surfing the internet to accepting calls from people you do not really want to talk to. Getting rid of these distractions can add hours of free time each day, time that can be spent improving your health.

 

Exercise is so boring!

You don’t want to exercise because it is boring? So you find brushing your teeth, taking showers, styling your hair and getting dressed highly entertaining? No. We do these things because we have to. We accept them as part of life. The people who never miss a workout are the ones who view it just like brushing their teeth. Complaining about it is just pointless. To be successful sometimes you have got to do things that aren’t as fun as watching your favorite TV show. That’s just life. Partying, taking pictures and posting them on Facebook to impress your friends is not going to make a difference in your life.

 

I don’t have a gym membership or equipment.

While going to the gym is a great way to get in shape, you don’t need to spend a lot of money to get a good workout. You can exercise at home for free. Crunches and aerobics can all be done in the privacy of your own home and cost no money at all. Exercising at home also eliminates another avoidance excuse like the weather. Your home treadmill is available 365 days a year.

 

I am embarrassed by my appearance.

If you are afraid of being the biggest person in the exercise class, sign up for a class specifically designed for overweight individuals or a beginner’s class where there will be others just starting out, too. And remember everyone at the gym has the same goal in mind and everyone had to start somewhere. You may feel self-conscious, but chances are that no one is really paying attention to you and if they are, they’re probably silently cheering you on for working toward your goals!

 

You can make lot of excuses for not going to the gym or for not doing exercises, but there is only one reason to go to gym and that is to stay fit and healthy. Fitness isn’t a seasonal hobby. Fitness is a lifestyle.

 

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