I came across this article on TotalBeauty.com a while back and it still holds true. I chose a few of my favorite excuses that I hear from people all of the time. I wholeheartedly believe the cliche “where there is a will there is a way” or “you make time for the things you want to make time for”. Because it’s true! Do you find yourself making some of these same excuses?
13 Excuses Super-Fit Chicks Never Make
You know her. That annoying friend or co-worker with boundless energy, who’s got three kids and a demanding job and still has time for early morning yoga classes and evening runs (and of course she’s got the body to show for it, too). What’s her workout secret?
It’s actually not that complicated. She just knows how to motivate herself to exercise — and uses a few of these expert tips to make working out less of a chore and more of an activity to actually look forward to.
The Excuse: “I just don’t want to work out”
If your basic problem is that you just don’t want to/don’t see the need to exercise, you need a major wakeup call. We all need to work out regularly if we want to live longer, better-quality lives, says LA Fitness Trainer Danielle Spangler. She says she has friends and clients who just refuse to exercise, and so she has to give them a little tough love. “As a last resort I’ll tell people about the health risks [of not exercising] and ask them whether they want to be independent, or dependent on others when they’re older. It’s an eye opener.”
The Excuse: “Exercise is boring”
Yes, mindlessly running on a treadmill while watching the news on your gym’s TV can be a total snooze fest. But dancing in a Zumba class, rock climbing, and paddle boarding are the exact opposite of dull — and they still count as exercise.
The trick is to continually search for workouts that are fun so you actually enjoy exercising. Aside from trying new classes at the gym, Williamson says, “I browse YouTube a lot to see what new stuff folks are trying out; it’s interesting to see what some people do with little to no equipment.”
But even if you do stick with your regular routine, Barry Jay, co-founder of Barry’s Bootcamp, says you can create a fun environment to motivate yourself to get through even the most mundane routine. “Lighting, amazing music of all genres, and humor can help you push through a workout,” he says.
Another way to keep exercise from getting old is to add in the element of competition, says Dr. Amir Vokshoor, MD, a neurosurgeon who studies the brain in relation to athletes at the DISC Sports and Spine Center in Marina del Rey, Calif. He explains that after awhile, anything we do repeatedly (like lifting weights or 30 minutes on the elliptical) becomes easier, and that’s when our brain starts to resent the exercise. “When an exercise isn’t fun anymore, the brain needs surprises, risk, and danger,” says Vokshoor. “Competitive sports can give you that risk and danger.”
The Excuse: “I never see results from exercise”
Personal trainer Steve Cabral says the best way to combat this frustrating feeling is to set yourself up for a “quick win.” By starting off strong — with a super-healthy diet and perhaps some boot camp-like fitness classes — you could lose three to five pounds in your first week, which should certainly get you excited to continue.
And when you hit those inevitable plateaus, there are a few ways to keep yourself going. Suzie Cooney, CPT, a certified personal trainer and owner of Suzie Trains Maui, says to try visualization while you’re working out. “I want [my clients] to ‘see’ a healthy and strong body,” she says. “I want them to ‘see’ themselves crossing the finish line as we’re spinning on the bike. Visualization training is incredibly helpful.” Focusing on your goal is a much better way to push yourself during a workout than focusing on how fatigued you feel or the fact that the scale hasn’t moved in a week.
The Excuse: “I want to have fun — not be a super health-nut freak”
Get excited, because it turns out cheating on your diet can actually help your workout. Cabral says he recommends his clients have a weekly cheat meal (where you can eat whatever you want). Not only does this give you something to look forward to each week, but he says a cheat meal releases the hormone leptin, which tells the body you’re not starving. The result? It can actually boost your metabolism and make you lose more weight over the next week. Just don’t hop on the scale after that pizza: “You may initially go up in pounds from water weight and salt retention, but by the end of the week you’ll be lower,” says Cabral.
The Excuse: “Exercise is overrated”
C’mon, you know this isn’t true. But you may feel like it is if you don’t really understand what you’re doing. “I teach clients why they’re doing the exercises, why they need to eat a certain way, so they understand what they’re doing,” says Cabral. “When you don’t know why you’re doing something, you’ll fall off the wagon at the first sign of a set back.”
To help you understand why the heck you’re doing all those lunges, ask your trainer (if you have one) what the benefits of each exercise are. Or if you’re going at it alone, check out fitness websites and magazines for more information on the benefits of exercise, both in terms of overall health and weight loss. It’s a lot easier to trade an Oreo for a run if you fully understand what each does for your body.
The Excuse: “I’m too busy with my kids”
Kids can certainly be exhausting, but there are ways to use them to your workout advantage. Spangler says she reminds her mom clients of a few things: 1. Regular exercise can boost your immune system, which is helpful when you’re surrounded by germy kids. 2. Parents can set a great example for their kids by living an active life (most overweight and obese children have parents in the same situation). 3. You can exercise with your kids, which helps keep them active, keeps you in shape, and is a fantastic bonding experience.
So instead of plopping the kids in front of a DVD while you run on the treadmill (or, OK, take a nap), put your iPod on and have a living room dance party or head outside and play. Vokshoor says just seeing nature can be an easy motivator to get moving, and doing activities that made you happy as a kid can help too.
What’s your excuse?
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