"Ugh, I don't want to workout."
There are many “reasons” (aka excuses) that crop up when it comes to exercising, and I've heard many of them from my clients, friends, family and heck, I've even uttered a few of these myself! Yep, I'm human too.
It’s totally understandable that you may be feeling fatigued, uninspired, blah or just plain down in the dumps, but the truth is, much of the time, you’re not going to feel like it and the trick is to get comfortable with being uncomfortable and develop the discipline to do it anyway.
Plus, the benefits FAR outweigh the drawbacks of lacing up your runners and getting your body moving: study after study shows that exercise can boost our mood, help our bodies clear out toxins, and make even the most everyday of activities seem a whole lot easier (hello, five-story walk-up apartment!).
Don’t let your negative self-talk stand in your way! Here’s a list of the 7 most common reasons people give for why they don’t exercise and some solutions that may help you when you feel like you want to avoid your next sweat session.
‘I don’t have enough time’
Even if you can only make time for a 10 minute sweat session, every minute counts. And the truth is, we ALL have 10 minutes. Even if you dedicate just the commercials of your favourite show to bust out some push ups or air squats, that’s 70 minutes a week, 3,640 minutes a year. And that’s a lot of extra calories burnt as well as a lot of endorphins aka “the happy hormones” released. Remember, this is YOUR heath and happiness you’re investing in.
‘I can’t afford it’
You don’t need to be a member of an expensive or exclusive gym or invest in top of the line gym equipment. All you need is your body (a pair of running shoes and a sports bra would help, too!)
‘I’m not fit enough/ It’s too hard’’
Don’t believe that negative voice in your head that tells you that you aren’t fit enough. You ARE certainly fit enough and even the most seasoned athletes had to start somewhere. Begin with some gentle exercise and, as your fitness level improves, so too will your confidence in your ability to push yourself harder. Start where you are and begin at a level that works for you. And then build on it.
The best advice I ever received while on my fitness journey (but this really applies to life as well) was: it never get’s easier, you just get better.
‘I don’t enjoy it’
The reason you don’t enjoy it is likely because you aren’t doing the right activity for you. Treat yourself like a science experiment and try different things out. Get creative! Exercise doesn’t necessarily have to be just HIIT training, running, lifting weights and yoga; there are SO many other ways to move your body that may resonate with you. Don’t be afraid to try something new and get a friend or loved one to join you!
‘I’ve got a baby/kids so I can’t make it to the gym’
Home workouts using DVDs or Youtube (there is an INCREDIBLE amount of free content online, all you need to do is Google it) are a great way to get back into shape post-baby. If that’s not for you, there are also ‘Mommy-And-Me’ fitness groups in towns and cities around the world or you could simply power walk/jog pushing your little one through the park. Better yet, enlist another new mama who also wants to get back into shape and swap babysitting duties. Or better yet have her be your accountability buddy and join you!
‘I’m just too tired’
I hear you hunny but you know what? Exercise is proven to increase your energy levels and boost your mood, making you much more likely to be more productive and sleep better as well. Consider reframing the thought “I’m too tired” to “this is really going to energize and refresh me”.
Plus, “I really regret that workout” – said no one, ever” is totally a thing.
‘I’m injured*/I’m ill’
Always, always listen to your body. If you’re feeling a little sore from a previous workout, that is a perfect reason to get moving. Loosen things up with a brisk walk or some yoga and stretching. If your nose is a little stuffed up, grab some Kleenex and get to sweating! Be sure to tune in to your body to find out if it is telling you it needs a rest or if it simply wants to keep you inside your comfort zone where it’s warm and cozy. You know which one’s which!
Do you recognize any of these reasons for why you aren’t moving your body? Which one is your biggest obstacle and how will you overcome it the next time you feel it starting to take over?
*If you have a serious injury, ache or pain, don’t push through the pain – see a physiotherapist or doctor. Your body and health come first, make it a priority to get a proper diagnosis, don’t just make it yet another reason that stops you from working out.