Human beings have a tendency of doing only as much as they are required to do. Some may attribute this to laziness, while others might call this efficiency. Irrespective, the bottom line is: more often than not we try hard to minimize the energy and time spent on whatever we do.Unfortunately most people have wired this innate mannerism of our species to their fitness routines. Believe it or not, finding an excuse for not going to the gym is more a trick our mind plays on us. If you’re someone who is trying hard to stay on track and not fall of an awesome fitness routine, then the first thing you need to do is stop making excuses. Here’s how you can combat these 8 common excuses you’re mind tricks you into.
I don’t have time
This is the mother of all excuses. When you say, you don’t have time, it really means that you don’t have time for your workout. An hour’s workout only takes about 5% of your day. Now, you can definitely bung away all the unwanted time you waste watching mindless television or surfing the web aimlessly. Instead of saying that you don’t have time to work out, trick your mind into believing that irrespective of how little time you have, you can still remove time for a workout session. So stop wasting time being unfit and overweight and start moving up the ladder of fitness.
I’m way too tired to exercise
Lazy bum, really! Believe it or not, this is one of the biggest pranks our mind plays on us. When it comes to exercises, your mind is like a spoiled kid. If you agree to most of its demands, then it will take advantage of your weakness time and again. If you miss one session due to this excuse, the chances of you missing the next one too increases. So, show your mind that you are in control of it and that it’s not in control of you. You may not have all the energy in this world, but irrespective still go to the gym and if not anything do some stretching. What really matters is you showing up daily and giving your best shot and the rest will be taken care of. Also remember, you will feel fatigued and tired only if you don’t get proper 8 hours of sleep. So watch you’re sleeping patterns closely and you never know an extra hour of rest may do a world of good to you.
Gym workouts are so boring
I’m just bored of doing the same thing day in and out.’ How often do we say this to ourselves? If you’re someone who is saying this more often than not then what you need is a change in your exercise routine and not putting a stop to it altogether. Don’t we all brush our teeth, take a bath and get dressed for work daily? Of course we do and we do it for years together. The secret is to make exercising a part of your life rather than looking at it as something you are doing extra. Those who don’t miss a workout are usually people who’ve taken up working out as a part of their lives. They don’t complain and they enjoy their fitness sessions. So it’s really the way you perceive your workout. If you think the regular cardio and weight training sessions are boring, then try something different to add variety, but don’t stop at any cost.
Motivation levels have hit rock bottom
If you’re someone who is slogging your butt off to get fit and have been regularly putting in all the right amount of effort, but are not seeing results of late. In such a case, your motivation levels are likely to hit rock bottom. However, remember every single fitness enthusiast goes through this plateau phase and that’s when the true test of resilience comes into play. All you really need to do is increase the intensity and make minor alterations to your diet and soon you will start seeing results again. But the key is to remain persistent. So, if you feel you’re draining out on motivation, try and have a pep talk with your trainer and maybe that’ll just do the trick.
I’ve kids to take care
Mothers cannot stop giving this excuse. In fact putting the blame on children has become a matter of convenience. If you are someone who wants your kids to be healthy and fit then you have to practice what you preach to them. You cannot be a parent who tells your child what is good or bad for health and not follow the same rules. Kids are way smarter. Make your kids the biggest reason to exercise and not the biggest excuse for not exercising. Whether you accept it or not, the fact remains that mothers are over protective about their kids and feel the need to be around them always. This is really not the case. Only if you make that paradigm shift in your thinking, will you start living for yourself. Most mothers let go themselves for the happiness of their children. The best way to deal with this is to workout when your kids are at school or away with their grandparents. All you really need is just an hour’s time and you’ll be sorted for the rest of the day.
My body hurts and I don’t feel too well
At some point in time, we’ve all pretended to be unwell and skipped school. Similarly there will be days when you just don’t feel like hitting the gym and not being well is one excuse your mind throws at you. If you dig deep, you’ll realise that it’s only because you’re plain bored and lazy that you don’t feel like hitting the gym and that you’re absolutely well to workout. This happens because as humans we exaggerate certain things so that it fits what we actually want. So stop making excuses about being unwell and kick away the boredom immediately. However, if you’re seriously unwell then it is best advised you take rest because training at such times is not recommended. But if you’re just slightly bruised or have some aches here and there then that’s really no reason to miss your exercise.
My trainer doesn’t pay attention
If you’re someone reading this article online now, then you’re well equipped to access the innumerable exercise routines the internet has to offer. Don’t let the theory of ‘being trained properly’ engulf you so much. What you need is knowledge. So, read up on the different exercises and routines you can follow. Also, if the trainers are too busy then feel free to ask those around you in the gym to show how to use a particular machine for an exercise. People love helping and giving tips. Who knows you might just land yourself with a gym buddy. The idea is to self-learn and that’s best done when you’re on the job itself.
I feel intimidated by those exercising there
This is one of the most common excuses people give, especially beginners. It is very normal to feel slightly intimidated by those who’ve been exercising for years together. When you are new then you assume that everyone is looking at what you’re doing and that makes you feel uncomfortable. Remember, this is just a feeling that will be around for couple of days. Once you start going regularly you will ignore others’ reaction and focus on your workout more.
Becoming fit is possible and anyone can achieve it. However, only few people actually accomplish it because they put their best foot forward and stay motivated. It’s just a matter of time, stick to going to the gym for a couple of months and you’ll soon be giving excuses to go for a workout session despite having other important things to do. Remember, you can either have results or excuses. Not both! Now if you want to really be fit and boast a super-sexy you, then don’t let these excuses come in between you and your fitness routine.