Combatting your excuses is a key part of committing to your fitness journey. Everyone can find an excuse for not exercising as much as you should. The NHS recommends 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week. Once you conquer your excuses, you’re very likely to find this well within your reach. Here are the most common excuses we come across, and how to combat them.
“My Life Is Too Hectic – I Don’t Have Time”
If you feel as though you are always rushing everywhere, channel this energy into a highly efficient HIIT workout. You will only need to do a maximum of 30 minutes to see some great fat burning results. Many HIIT routines can be done at home or at the gym.
Not only will this boost your fitness progress, but it will help to make you less busy and stressed. You may scoff, and wonder how adding more to your daily routine will reduce your to-do list. But studies show that exercising makes our concentration levels rise. In addition, your brain becomes more adept at decision making and prioritising. In addition, the endorphins released by the body during exercise give you a natural high and reduce feelings of stress.
“I Can’t Get Anyone To Take The Kids That Often”
Exercise is as important for children’s health as it is for adults. Plan regular activities that you can do as a family. That could be playing football in the park, going swimming or out for a hike. You could even utilise your children’s hobbies and interests to give you time to work out. While your little one is at football practice, you can go for a run.
You can even adapt your routine to include more exercise. Could you walk or cycle to school, or to evening activities?
Encouraging an active lifestyle in your children is rewarding both in terms of your families wellness and fitness. Use this as your motivator when you feel like staying in.
“I Just Don’t Have The Energy”
For most people, a lack of energy without engaging in regular activity suggests that you would need to re-evaluate your diet and the time you are giving yourself to unwind. You could start by investing time in a regular yoga class. This would be a great way of checking in with your body and releasing the tensions of the day.
You may well find this leaves you with more energy and balance throughout the day. If even this seems strenuous, you could simply try and walk more every day. Get a pedometer and track the difference you make when you always take the stairs, get off the bus a stop earlier or park your car further away from your destination. Chances are, you will feel more energised the more you do.
“I Like Watching Box Sets in the Evening Too Much”
If getting into a series is your favourite way to unwind, there’s nothing to stop you fitting some exercise in there. Get on the cycle machine or stepper at the gym and watch your favourite shows on your phone or iPad as you burn calories.
Once you get past your excuses, you’ll be well on your way to your fitness goals. Turn them into your strengths, and your body will thank you!