Working Out Sucks but having a muffin top sucks more…
Working Out Sucks but contracting illnesses that run rampant in my family sucks more…
Working Out Sucks but having an unhealthy body (and corresponding body image) which is physically limiting sucks more…
Confession Mode: I’m gonna be straight up and honest with you guys. As much as I desire to be a gym rat, I don’t think it’ll never happen. Man, I can’t tell you how many different excuses I sometimes come up with regarding working out. Sometimes I wish I was one of those fitness enthusiasts who feels bad when they don’t get a workout in or who has exercising so ingrained in their psyche that they can workout without even realizing they just completed a full 60 minute circuit!
Yes, I know the benefits. Yes, I know how working out and staying physically fit affects EVERY other part of my being….BUT…
If, Ands, and BUTS…and More Excuses
But…that’s the word that gets me in trouble.
I sometimes dread working out, yo! I have to do little mind tricks to even get going. For instance, once I put on my workout shoes, I’m in workout mode and immediately get going; heck, it’s only a 30 feet commute downstairs to the DVDs and weight bench. (It’s just putting on those shoes that seems the hardest!). Sad, I know.
Here are some of the silly excuses I have come up with:
- I’ve eaten horribly today (way outside of my 80 (healthy)/20 (not so good) guidelines) so I may as well not exercise…
- I’d rather be blogging…
- If I exercise now, I won’t have time for ____ later…
- I didn’t eat a pre-exercise meal so it won’t be effective anyway…
- It’s 9pm and I’m just getting home…it’s too late to exercise…
- It’s 8am and I’m just waking up…it’s too early to exercise…
See how I can come up with some doozies!?! LOL
I’m getting better though and am up to 3 workouts a week (mostly cardio but working in some free weight/body weight training in there slowly but surely)…
So here to help me and anyone else who’s been a workout rebel get it in more often is Ashlee McCullen, offering us her tips.
So working out right now just doesn’t seem like it’s a priority for you right? Or, wait, let me guess: You’d like to be active and exercise, but you don’t have the time for it between your career and family. Or, you’ll get to it, once things calm down a little.
Yup. I’ve heard them all, and let me tell you: none are valid excuses for not exercising. Now, I’m not saying that working hard and raising a family don’t present legitimate time constraints. But I will say that exercise comes in many forms, doesn’t require hours-long pockets of time, and that you’d be surprised how much you can accomplish if you dedicate yourself to it.
To that end, I’d like to present a few tips and guidelines for incorporating exercise into your life, whether you’re a parent, a business executive, both, or if the idea of a bench press gives you the chills.
Why I Exercise
Let me start out with a personal story. I’ve exercised on and off since I was in middle school. I worked out here and there in college, and had some periods of being active since graduating. But since I made the commitment to working out a few years ago, I’ve been extremely consistent. I feel better about myself and consider the workout as much a part of my personal success as anything else I do, like work and raising my children.
You can achieve this level of dedication too. Here’s how:
Many of us have ample time to exercise, but don’t treat workouts as a priority. I recommend at the start of each week that you add to your calendar the times you would like to work out. If need be, let others know about your commitment so they can respect your time. DVR your favorite shows or put aside a household project for a while; you’re worth it.
Tip 2: That Said, Don’t Get Caught Up With Perfection
My personal goal is to exercise three times a week, and I almost always do. But sometimes, life presents unexpected hurdles. My kids get sick or a friend needs my help in a crisis. So if you truly can’t make it to a planned exercise, don’t be hard on yourself. If you get caught in the trap thinking your routine must be executed perfectly, you might just give up altogether.
Tip 3: Find a Workout Plan That Works With Your Lifestyle
Some people I know are “gym rats,” and spend as many as five days a week working out. Personally, I find the time for three workouts of about an hour each to be effective for me. But there are many other ways to approach an exercise routine. You can implement a 20-minute or even 10-minute daily exercise routine. Remember that what you might think of as the “ideal” workout plan is just one of many, many healthy options.
Tip 4: Set Goals and Track Your Progress
Setting a realistic fitness goal can greatly increase your motivation. Make your goal an outcome, such as a performance measure (e.g. run a 5k in X minutes, get into those size 12 jeans by X date). Sometimes, focusing on just weight can be detrimental to your progress. For tracking progress, I use a handful of fitness apps on my smartphone. My husband and I have turned our Samsung cell phones into workout tools. We use apps like Runkeeper and iFitness to track our progress and motivate each other.
Tip 5: Have Fun
One of the best motivations for working out is enjoying your exercises. If traditional so-called “exercises” like running or aerobics aren’t your style, look into other options. You can find a dance class or join your company softball team. Even household projects like gardening can provide you with a workout. Either way, find the activity that you look forward to and you’ll be far more likely to stick to a plan.
Ashlee McCullen is a staff writer for ApronAddicts.com, a website about kitchen fashion and home style. She also writes about mobile technology and self-improvement.
Over to you…
Do you have other tips and motivation that can whip me into shape on this workout stuff?
What’s the funniest excuse you’ve ever heard to not workout?
Please, do share!
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