We all have them. A million and one excuses why we have something keeping us from the gym or preventing us from making healthy choices. Well, we are here to combat your excuses. We have taken a look at Oprah’s top 3 exercise excuses and are going to give you our take on them. It’s time to make a life change. It’s time to get motivated. So get ready and see which of your excuses is on this list. None here? Respond with your struggles to exercise and we will try to help!
1. “I’m already too busy—I can’t deal with one more thing I’m ‘supposed’ to do.”
You’re daily life may differ from others, but we all have one thing in common. WE ARE BUSY. According to NBC News more than 6.5 million people are working two jobs and that doesn’t include those mom’s who work as well. In addition to work, you may have kids in activities, elderly family that needs attention, or errands to run. Regardless of what it is, we all are constantly going. You need to put your health first. Want to help your family? Then help yourself. We put friends, family, and even coworkers above ourselves in life, but we forget that we can’t be there for others if we don’t take care of ourselves. MAKE TIME.
2. “Excuse 2: “How can I exercise when I’m always tired?”
Salene Yeager, the author of this article on Oprah’s website, makes a great point that there are two different types of tired, physical and emotional. When you have been sitting at work all day and you come home and only feel like vegging out on the couch, you are emotionally tired. Make yourself exercise. Even if it is only a short period of time, you can prove to yourself that you are emotionally tired not physically. Sometimes a great workout can even give you energy after a long day. If nothing else, actually committing to and sticking with an exercise routine regardless of being tired will give you a feeling of accomplishment that we all tend to long for. If all else fails, figure out when you have the most energy during the day and fit your workout in then!
3. Excuse 3: “I’ll start out gung ho, but I know I’ll get bored and quit.”
In today’s workout world, there is no way you can be bored. There are so many gyms and so many types of exercise modes and classes that you could try a different one each week! The main source behind this excuse, which Yeager points out, is already expecting failure. If you foresee failure before starting it will be harder to succeed and gives you a reason to not try. Adopt a positive attitude. If you catch yourself being negative toward your exercise goals, try to change your view. For instance, the above excuse could easily be flipped to say “I’m going to try and be serious about my exercise routine, but I know I will get bored so I am going to try and look at different options now to vary my routine in the future.” Having a positive attitude is half the battle when beginning a fitness routine.
We know that things come up and we can’t know exactly what is going on in your life, but if you put your mind to it, you can make fitness your priority. Put in the effort. EARN YOUR BODY.