Results or excuses – which would you prefer?
We strive to be fit and healthy, but when that early morning alarm for the gym goes off, we sure can conjure up some strange, hilarious or unrealistic excuses to justify staying in bed just a little longer.
Maybe you’ve fallen out of love with your regimen, are stuck in a fitness rut or are in a committed relationship with your bed. We’ve all been there. Next time you try to put off exercising, here’s why your excuses won’t work.
I don’t have time
You will always make time for the things that are important to you, like that extra Netflix episode before bed, a coffee and catch-up with a friend or a few indulgent snoozes on the morning alarm. We can all spare 30 minutes a day to exercise if we REALLY want and are willing to prioritise our health. It doesn’t always have to be strenuous – just get up and move. When you think about it, 30 minutes is only two per cent of your whole day.
I just did my hair
We know the power and fulfilment of a good hair day, but you shouldn’t use freshly shampooed hair as an excuse to avoid a sweat session that could ruin your luscious-looking locks. Little-known fact: shampoo also exists and can be used after a workout.
I have no energy
Exercise actually increases energy levels, so if you’re feeling tired or drained and staring sluggishly at your sneakers, a workout will definitely pay off. If you know that a day at work will kick your butt, try training in the morning to kickstart your day. If you’re too tired in the morning, try training during your lunchbreak – it’s all about finding the best time for you.
All my fave activewear is in the wash
Does anyone REALLY notice your activewear choices at the gym or group training session? They’re probably too busy cursing the trainer in their head and focusing on their reps and breathing to notice that you’ve worn the same tights earlier in the week or that you were wearing the same outfit in your Insta photo with an acai bowl yesterday. And if they DO notice and comment, just remind them you own a washing machine. It’s not technically a lie – you never said that you actually used it.
I don’t find exercise a pleasant or fun experience
An excuse like this probably means you haven’t found the right fit yet. Group fitness classes, a workout buddy or out-of-the-box exercises might be what you need to get out of the rut and enjoy fitness again.
It’s too hard
If it were easy, you’d probably be bored. Everything is hard to begin with, but see it as a challenge and strive for a personal best every time you train. If something is truly too hard, you can always take it down a notch until you feel comfortable enough to test yourself more.
I’ll start next week
If you keep using this excuse, “next week” will never come. Set a concrete date and ask others to help you or keep you accountable for your choices. If more people are encouraging you, you’re more likely to stick to your plans.