Let’s just be honest here. Working out causes discomfort and for the most part people like to avoid discomfort. Here’s the thing though. A small amount of discomfort is SO worth the benefits of working out.
Here are the top 5 lies that you’ve probably told yourself that has kept you from going to the gym:
I have no time.
Come on! There are 24 hours in a day. Are you really trying to convince yourself that within that 24 hours it’s impossible for you to dedicate just 1 hour (or less) a day to improve your health? Try getting up just a bit earlier and fit in a quick workout before work. You’ll be more energetic, more productive and take less sick days (it’s been proven!)
How about getting in a 20-30 minute workout on your lunch hour? Or make a deal with yourself that before you can go home after work you have to hit the gym first. There are ways to fit in daily physical activity. Don’t over think it, just get your butt moving!
Working out is boring.
Working out is not boring if you find the right kind of workout for your personality. Are you competitive? Try Cross Fit. Are you motivated when with other people? Join a group fitness class. Like sports? Join a league.
And really, does everything you do have to be super exciting? If you still think working out is boring, think about your long term health and how it will affect you and your loved ones and suck it up!
I’m too out of shape.
Ummmm….the gym is meant to get you in shape. I totally understand feeling self-conscious but if someone is judging you when you’re doing something to help improve your life that’s their problem. I love that quote – what other people think of you is none or your business. You’d probably by shocked that most people at your gym are way to focused on themselves and don’t even notice you. And even if they do notice you and have an opinion that opinion will not change your life in the way that adopting a healthy lifestyle will.
It’s too expensive.
Working out does not have to be expensive. There are gyms that will cost about a dollar a day. You can’t spare a dollar? Think about the things you spend your money on. Are you buying take out coffee? Drop that habit and start making coffee at home and you’ll have paid for about a week at a gym. Still think you can’t afford it? Don’t join a gym. Go outside! You can go for a run and on the way stop and do some pushups, squats, lunges, dips….if you need more ideas contact me and I’ll share my bootcamp workouts with you.
Another option is to YouTube workout videos that you can do at home. There are lots here.
5. Not motivated enough.
If you tell yourself you’re not motivated that you won’t be. Whatever you think will become your reality. Being unmotivated is a decision that you make. If you need something to get you started maybe sign up for an event. Or google inspirational quotes.
People are motivated by things that they really want. All you need is a goal that resonates deeply with you. Maybe it’s to be able to move without pain, or to live to see your grandchildren grow up, or to not be a burden on your loved ones as you age, or to participate in something you’ve always wanted to try. Motivation will not just appear on its own! You have to find it and then light a fire underneath yourself!
No More Lies!
Time to cut out the lies and do something that will improve your health and quality of living. It’s your responsibility to look after your body. And really, when you think about it an hour a day is nothing when it means that you’ll live a fuller, richer life.