Whether you joined us in part one or not—welcome to part two.
For those of you playing along at home last week we created tees bearing all the various & sundry excuses we have for not working out.
Next week (May 4th. please to mark yer calendar) we’re talking excuses in general.
Why we all tend toward making em & how we might do this less. And yeah. It will probably be a little TMI about my tee pictured above—but you’ll have that.
Today I wanted to share with you The top 5 reasons I have seized for not working out and the ways Ive found to refute these excuses.
Excuse number 1. I don’t have time to exercise.
I heard this excuse a great deal when I was a trainer & I said it pretty damn frequently myself back in the day. My answer to this excuse is a simple one: book an appointment with yourself to exercise. Make it a non-negotiable. When given this excuse by friends & family members I merely ask them when they need to leave the house in the morning/get their day started. I then suggest they back out thirty minutes from that time, get up, and exercise. Something. ANYTHING. Just move. It is 100% my experience that I am not appreciably more tired when I lose 30 minutes of sleep *and* the energy I reap from my movement/the stress reduction I notice is amazing.
Excuse number 2. I have no energy & am barely making it through my day as it is.
Yep. This is always the response I receive to my early-rising suggestion above (Hello Ren Man! Yes I’m calling your ButLookAfterListeningToMeYouAre60PoudsLighterAsAResult arse out!). Exercise has been shown to increase energy levels. Exercise has been shown to leave us feeling far more positive about ourselves & our lives overall. That said, Im all about setting ourselves up for success. Are you feeling wiped out the majority of the time? Think you are too tired to add in any kind of movement even in the morning *before* you start your day? I still challenge you to begin TODAY. Start small. Add in five minutes of exercise (anything. be creative!) each day this week. Next week? Up the intensity to TEN MINUTES. You wont feel more tired & I dare say you will notice the difference immediately. If not in your physique then in your mindset.
Excuse number 3. I have absolutely no clue where to start.
First, I m compelled to add here that one should always start by visiting the doctor & getting a physical. Next? Just START! (yes as much as it pains me to send you elsewhere fer my muzings that post is ENTIRELY what I believe all gathered together in the proverbial nutshell). Begin by simply WALKING. When you are beginning it’s all about doing more today than you did yesterday. That action, oh amazing readers, is an N(on) S(cale) V(ictory) in & of itself.
Excuse number 4. There is no gym close to my house
To know me in any capacity…to have read this blog even for the merest of moments…you are already aware this is not an excuse I will accept. Im also a firm believer in the notion that joining a gym which is more than a 20 minute drive from your home/work is NOT a good idea. In my opinion, newbie exerciser or veteran, it gives you too much opportunity/time to decide to turn around and go home. (And yes. by YOU I mean ME. Ive done this more than a few times…) There are many creative ways to exercise from home that, should it really not be convenient for you, gyms can easily be rendered unnecessary. Need ideas? I have many…
Excuse number 5. My partner/spouse/roommate doesnt workout. It’s hard to do this alone.
I have to say that Im one who likes to workout alone. If Im not lifting with Ren Man then Im quite happy to exercise solo. That said, I have a bigbig group of accountability partners upon whom I lean pretty damn heavily. Some of these people I see in person (so they can nag me) others Ive never even met (Hello Twitter!) & still others I dont get to see as much as Id like so we check in by email or text. Sure, I’m always in favor of hiring a trainer for a session or 20— but I still suggest you *make* the time to identify the cheerleaders in your life & harness their energy to propel you toward your goals. You may be EXERCISING solo–but Id venture to say youre not alone.
Now it’s your turn, People.
In two ways.
The above list was created from my own experience with a smattering of your emails, tweets, & comments.
Do you have an excuse I missed you wanna toss out to the group for help in refuting?
Do you have a better way to debunk an excuse I listed above?
Please to hit us all up in the comments.
As always I shall join you there…