Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Excuses we use to get out of the gym

The most widely used in all forms of excuses is TIME. I don't have enough, I can't fit it in, doesn't work with my family's schedule, there's too much going on... the list goes on and on. The simple truth is that if it's important to you, you can make and find time. Now it may not be the best scenario, you may have to wake up extra early or stay up a little later to fit it in, but I promise you can find 30-60 minutes to give to yourself. This is all about priority... If you make yourself and your health a priority in your life then you CAN find time. I say that because I've done it and continue to do it every day. One stage in my life I was waking up at 5:00 am every morning to get up and workout before school because there was NO other possible time for me. If you know me even a little then you know I am in no way, shape, or form a morning gal. BUT it's important to me, so I found time. Even now after working 8-8 I stay after work at the gym to get my workouts in. No, I don't want to. I'm not the most motivated at this time. I'm exhausted and it's late and WAY past time to eat dinner, but again it's important to me so I do it... I promise you, you can make time.

No motivation can be another thing that keeps us from the gym. A lot of us get bursts of motivation and show up for a while but once that wears off, what keeps us going in? What and who keeps us accountable to our goals? Once we get out of routine and out of the gym it's SO hard to get back in. I see this so often of people getting out of routine and then one week becomes two and two becomes a month and eventually they find another daily excuse of why they couldn't come. Find a fitness family and make fitness fun. If you want to show up to the gym and do your same daily/weekly routine that's fine as long as you're staying active and doing something. But if you need more than that and someone who is there for you and keeping you accountable, find a fitness family. Fitness classes can be a great way of doing this... meet people, make friends, and have a reason to get back in the groove of things when you find your motivation is wearing thin. Working out doesn't have to be a chore, so make friends and make it fun!

It's too expensive. Once again this is a priority thing. If it's important to you, you can pay for it. How about that $5 coffee you pay for every morning? It's important to you, so you pay for it. What we spend our money on is a reflection of what matters to us, and you and your health should be one of those things.  A lot of people's reasoning for leaving a gym is "I'm going to do it on my own at home because a gym membership is too much money." And what happens? They don't. Do you think at home between chores, kids, spouse, and everything else that you will actually focus on working out at home? Now I'm not saying it's not possible, but there's a much higher chance that you're going to get distracted and your focus is going to easily be shifted elsewhere. When you're plugged into a gym whether you're doing your own thing, or working out in a class that is going to be your sole focus. Keeping your focus and not having any distractions at the gym is worth it.

Other miscellaneous excuses...It's hard or "I'll be too sore" or "I don't know what I'm doing"... Yes it may be hard at the beginning, but hard work pays off. You will feel better, more energetic, and soreness is temporary. I promise it will go away.
Many newcomers of the gym get intimidated by people who have been there for YEARS working towards their goals. Don't let that discourage you and don't think you have to do what they're doing right away... Don't be afraid to just do what you can, start out slow, and work your way up. EVERYONE starts somewhere, you're not alone.

Stop thinking of excuses and just START. Doing SOMETHING is always better than nothing!