If you want results, it’s important to be consistent and dedicated. But sometimes barriers stand in our way. Life gets busy, work has us exhausted, and family takes up a majority of our time. However, it doesn’t have to be this way! Don’t let those barriers keep you from achieving your fitness goals! Here are some common excuses to getting fit and how to kick them to the curb!
1. “I forgot my gym bag before I left for work”
I’ve been there before! You oversleep your alarm, run around the house trying to get ready on time, and then forget your gym bag (or your tennis shoes, earphones, ect.) The solution? Pack up your gym bag the night before. Stick it in the trunk of your car before your head hits the pillow. That way you’re ready to get up and go the next day.
2. “Gym memberships are too expensive! I can’t afford that!”
Newsflash! You don’t need a gym membership to get in shape! You can turn your living space into your own personal gym. Pick up a stability ball from Amazon, order some resistance bands, write down your workouts, and get to work! Need some inspiration? Check out this workout, this one, and this one!
3. “I don’t have time to workout! And by the end of the day, I’m completely wiped”
This one is two-fold. I completely understand being exhausted at the end of the day. I also understand that it’s hard to find time to workout. The best way to combat this? Start small. On week one, make a goal of doing 10 minute workouts 2-3 times. Squats, push-ups, planks, you get the idea. Then the following week, tack on five more minutes. Then another five the following week. By working in small increments, that workout gets a little more achievable, bit by bit.
4. “Working out is SO boring!”
Hate lifting weights with a passion? Find running to be a bore? That’s okay! Working out isn’t one size fits all. There are a million ways to be active. Try a fitness class, go for a hike, workout with friends, watch YouTube while you’re sweating away on the Elliptical. Find a method that what works for you.
Written by GUADS staff member Angelina with contributions from oxygenmagazine.com