Health Challenge Week 2: 5 Excuses to Not Exercise (And how to overcome them)

Make Excuses or Make Changes, the Choice is Yours.

While we’re not innately lazy, it’s easy to slip into sedentary habits! Especially if you’re an employee, parent or have a slew of excuses not to exercise. If you’re interested in upping your exercise, but have to overcome excuses not to, you’ve got your work cut out for you. Luckily, we’ll help you overcome those excuses so you can be your most fit self. Here’s our list of the top excuses:

“I Don’t Know How to Start”

Being intimidated by a workout program or gym is more common than you’d think. Our best advice is to start small. If you’re someone who doesn’t abide by a strict workout routine, start by simply going for a brisk walk. You’ll be amazed how hard you’ll be breathing just from walking! If you want more variety, but don’t want to go to the gym, look into a free app like Aptive or Sworkit. And finally, if you do want to start a gym membership,  most gyms will add a personal training session for free. Meeting with a trainer initially will help you determine which exercises you need to do to meet your goals.

“I Don’t Have Time to Workout”

Finding time really means making time. If you need to get your hair done, you make time to do it. When we’re excited about something, we make the time. So if making time for exercise means you need to get excited about exercise, here are a few tips:

  • Add it to your calendar. Chances are, if you see the reminder, you’ll be thankful for the break from other tasks
  • Rearrange menial tasks like looking at Pinterest for a half hour
  • Keep it consistent. You don’t have to workout at the same time every day, but you do need to get into a routine of making time to workout
  • Make your time work for you- if you’ve got kiddos at home, push them around in the stroller!

“I Have to Watch My Children”

We get it! It’s hard to find any time for yourself when you’re a parent, let alone time to get fit. There are plenty of ways to include your kids in your workout routine! Your kid-friendly workouts don’t have to be strict, just consistent. If you’ve got a baby at home, you could even incorporate their little body into your routine. Watch how this mama does it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ni9MxZpCHbk.

“I’m Too Tired”

At the end of a long day, working out is the last thing we want to think about. It takes so much effort to muster up the ambition to get to the gym or go for a run, especially if you’ve already worked a full day. The great thing about exercise is that it boosts your energy levels! Get into a habit of working out and you’ll feel less tired and better about yourself.

“I Don’t Like Working Out Alone”

We’ve got a perfect solution for you! Join forces with another member of our Health Challenge group. As a part of the private Facebook group, you’ll have access to a community of support from other people just like you. The bonuses of working out with a friend are endless:

  • Accountability
  • External motivation
  • Workout longer and stronger

Don’t let excuses overcome your success!

When Diet & Exercise Aren’t Enough

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