A significant part of losing weight and leading a healthy lifestyle is physical activity. Not only does it speed up our metabolism but it also helps reduce stress, sleep better, makes us smarter, and helps us make better food choices throughout the day. But even while knowing this some people STILL have a hard time fitting in some type of physical activity on a daily basis. Common excuses include:
So how do you get past these excuses that prevent you from working out? One way to start is to look at your excuse and ask yourself, how is this type of thinking serving me?
How is NOT working out helping me reach my goal of weight loss and or overall desire to lead a healthy lifestyle?
When framed in this context, most likely, you will realize that you’re current thinking is NOT helping you get to where you want to be. At this point you may want to ask yourself:
Do I really want to make the changes necessary to reach my goals?
If you’re reading this blog you probably do, and put simply, your own self is what is most likely preventing you from working out. So what do you do about it?
Re-Evaluate and Re-Frame your Goal
Will your goal make you “feel good” once accomplished? If your daily to-do-list has a goal of working out, will checking it off your list make you happy? Or is it just another “thing” that needs to get done during your day?
If running for 40 minutes on the treadmill is something on your to-do-list, but when looking at it does NOT make you feel good, you can instead change it to some type of functional activity. 40 minutes of playing tag with your kids, 30 minutes of gardening, walking to a friend’s house instead of driving, a 30 minute hike; these are all examples of functional exercising and COUNT towards incorporating physical activity into your day!
Once you find an activity that makes you feel good, working out then no longer becomes just an item to check off, but rather a life style change.
Arrange for childcare, housework and or work to be taken care of. Hang out with like-minded individuals who also enjoy the same type of physical activity as you. If external support is difficult for you to acquire, focus on building up your own internal support! Pull out your workout clothes and or gear somewhere so they're visible throughout the day. Post a couple of positive affirmations in your house to motivate and remind you of your work out goal throughout the day.
Focus on Today
Stop thinking about trying to work out every day for the rest of your life, which can be discouraging (and not very reasonable) and instead put all your thoughts into working out TODAY! Plan your day, and chisel in a time that works in your favor and focus on TODAY. By doing so you relieve yourself of unnecessary stress (uncertainty of the future) AND you have a much better chance of accomplishing your goal!
Tell people that you are planning on working out at a certain time today and have them hold you accountable by checking in with you. This can be a friend, significant other, health coach…anyone that you have to report back to. This will eventually help you and lead you to holding yourself accountable, which is what’s most important when it comes to reaching your health related goals.
We are our own worst enemies when it comes to failing to stick to our goals!
And our excuses are our own self-imposed limitations projected into the future!
The sooner you realize this, the faster you can move past your excuses. So get rid of those excuses and instead replace them with love; love towards your body and love towards yourself as an individual. Our bodies crave and require movement! There is no better gift that we can give to ourselves other than physical movement on a daily basis!