As a coach, I’ve heard endless excuses trying to avoid fitting a workout into our day.
So, get ready to read the most common excuses and ways to overcome it!
1. I’m too tired.
I’m sure we’ve all used this excuse before. Doing a workout can actually give you an energy boost! You can feel rejuvenated after a session, due to the release of positive neurotransmitters (brain chemicals) and endorphins.
If you’re finding yourself too tired for the workout, it could be your sleeping pattern, or your nutrition. Fixing your sleeping habits (e.g. avoid going on your phone before bed, sleeping early) can really optimise your sleep, and improving your diet and the timing of these meals around your workouts can make a world of difference.
2. I don’t have time.
I understand that we all have busy lives and it’s hard to get a workout in. But remember if it’s important to you, you’ll make time. It’s all about prioritizing the things that are important to you. The best way is to manage your time is by planning your day beforehand. Set a time that is best suited to you whether it’s before or after work.
3. I’m not feeling motivated
Finding motivation to do something is mentally challenging at times. Set up mini goals each week to work towards. Honestly, once you get yourself to the gym, it’s much easier to stay motivated. Another great method is to improve the environment you’re in. Surround yourself with images of your goal body, or even better find a workout partner to keep you accountable to getting into the gym, even on those down-days!
4. The weather is crap
We all know how crazy the weather can be in Australia. Plan ahead, look at the forecast for the week and plan your gym time. For example, if it’s 45+degrees, plan a session early in the morning or later during the day to avoid the peak.
If you go to a gym, typically it will have a roof and air-con, so weather isn’t an issue (it’s all in your head!). Also, if training in the peaks of summer, drinking extra water and even the addition of electrolytes is essential to ensure you’re not fatiguing and falling back into excuse #1!
5. I don’t have the money
“It’s too expensive to eat healthy”. No it’s not! Eating healthy is not expensive at all if you know where to go. Instead of doing your groceries at leading supermarkets you might want to visit your local green grocer instead. Prep your meals in advance instead of constantly eating out. Though it may not be a lot at that time, I can ensure you that it adds up!
Skipping a workout isn’t the end of the world, but it can definitely be a bad habit, particularly when you skip a workout every day for a year! ;). Remember to always remind yourself why you started in the first place. Stay consistent and you’ll see the result if you simply change your mindset.