It’s the time of year when we all start thinking about getting fit for the summer. It is also the time of year where we can be real creative about finding excuses to say “I don’t have the time!” I know that is true for me, but I also have to remind myself what might happen if I don’t take the time.
Let’s get real, you know what happens if you don’t get fit and stay fit. It’s not just about getting fit to look better, rather it is really about getting fit so you will FEEL better.
Speaking From Experience
Here are some ways I overcome my top 5 reasons to put off getting fit and how I overcome those reasons!
1. I Don’t Have Enough Time
True. Time is a factor. So rather than working out a full 30 minutes at a time. What if I break my workout up in 10 minute increments?
According the American Fitness Council it is perfectly acceptable to break up your workout. Your body will get the same benefits and it is definitely better than not working out at all.
I’m Too Sore
True. Soreness can be a real pain in the butt. But did you know if you stop working out because you are sore you will just get even more sore? Workout anyway and push through your soreness.
Before you go to bed each night soak in dead sea salts or Epsom salts, this will do wonders for soreness. Use essential oils that help relieve soreness.
I use essential oil, it truly works! Increase your water (12 to 24 ounces for each hour of workout), eat protein within two hours of workout to help muscles repair themselves (Quinoa is a great source of protein and low on calories).
3. I Am Bored With My Workout
True. Doing the same workout everyday is very boring after awhile. So, switch it up! Try doing your workout three times a week, then add a walking or running day and perhaps some other movement like dancing, Zumba, working with weights, swimming, riding a bicycle,etc.
4. I Am Too Tired And I Have No Energy
True. There are days when we are just too tired to move. Believe me I have been there. But when I look at the alternative of missing a day and therefore making it a bit harder to reach my goal I make another choice.
I drink cup of ice coffee, or drink 8 ounces of water, or perhaps splash cold water on my face and go for doing at least five minutes of my workout. Next thing I know I have a bit more energy and I am ready to finish the next few minutes of my routine!
5. I Am Not Getting Any Results
True. Sometimes we don’t get the results we want right away. Look at it this way, it took some time to get out of shape and it is going to take some time get back in shape.
Be kind to yourself. Remember that it is important to get fit and lose weight gradually. Set realistic goals for yourself and be prepared to have some periods during your journey when you might hit a plateau. That is okay, it is part of the process.
Your body is making adjustments and after awhile you will start to see the results of your hard work. Vary your workout routine, keep to your schedule, make sure your diet is healthy – low in fat, high in protein, and drink plenty of water.
The Final Word
Many times our bodies and our minds tell us when it’s time to start paying attention to our health and other areas of our lives.
When was the last time you heard that voice about something important going on in your life and you didn’t listen? Or what about those times when you had a decision to make and you were confused as to what to do?
I have been there and I can tell you it is frustrating! So make up your mind and hit the gym today.