Friday, January 31, 2014

Fitness Friday. Edition: Excuses

Why didn't you work out today?
Because I _________! (You fill in the blank with your favorite) 

I bet I've used your favorite excuse over the last two weeks. I've used them all. Nothing like the accountability of a blog post to write to kick all motivation away! I've said it's too cold, I'm too busy, I'm too tired, I haven't hydrated properly, I don't have the right clothes, my people aren't available, I don't feel like it....and probably some more than I can't think of. But here's the thing-none of those things actually made me feel better about my lack of exercising. The days I felt the best were the days I got my lazy self up and ran. 

Some of my favorite excuses and some shared by my family: (as well as how we should combat them)
1-I'm too tired. This is in fact a silly excuse as exercising actually gives refreshing endorphins, which can be more beneficial than a nap!
2-I'm already in decent shape. There are always ways to improve. Fitness is a continual journey! We can't stop once we "reach fitness" or we will immediately lose it.
3-I need to lose weight first. Consider this, diet + exercise is the perfect partnership for fitness. Eating appropriate food sets your body up for success; following up with exercise allows muscle mass to be built and high fat contents to be lost. 
4-I don't have anyone to work out with. Find a friend, join a gym, or ask someone! Quite possibly that friend you have who is already working out would love some accountability in the process. 
And finally
5-I don't have time. Get off your phone and do! I get that there are busy days, but my parents have always told me "you have time for what you want to have time for." (I'm kicking myself because this was my go-to this week!!!). Make time for it. It is important. 

No excuses this week! 

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