It’s that time of day. You know… The 20 to 30 minutes that you set aside today for your workout. But, at this point, your brain is feeling stronger than your body and rapid firing “ifs, buts and promises for a better workout tomorrow.” Some of these excuses may be familiar to you, and may prevent you from meeting your workout goals. Don’t worry or get frustrated! Here are a few counterattack techniques you can use to beat your brain:
Excuse: “I’m too tired. It really has been a long day.”
On days I absolutely do not feel like exercising, I pick my most favorite workout and promise myself that I will at least do three sets of 10. I either choose, Biceps Curls or the Wood Chop. More often than not, when I finish that one exercise, my body is craving for more. Try this technique and see if it works for you
Excuse: “I don’t have the right equipment to get a good workout.”
Advice: Body Weight Only Exercises, such as pushups, situps, squats, lunges, crunches, glute kickbacks, etc (exercise video demonstrations available here). As long as you have a body, this will work fine! If you are just getting started, resistance bands are an effective and cheap option. For most of the Exercise Menu workouts, you do not need more than a pair of dumbbells.
Excuse: “I’m too busy.”
Advice: Incorporate exercises throughout the day. Purchase a pedometer and make your goal 10,000 steps/day. This equals about 5 miles in distance and will allow you to burn 500 calories a day, or lose 1 lb. per week. Increase your activity by parking further away, taking the steps, taking walk breaks at work, or walking in place at your desk. Use your time wisely by using the FAST PACE technique! Also check out workouts like the 12-Minute Office Workout, or Shadowbox for Quick Cardio or the 10-Minute Workout.
Excuse: “I don’t know what I’m doing. I don’t feel comfortable with exercise techniques.”
Advice: You have to be knowledgeable about what you are doing before you delve into it. Not knowing what you are doing can surely increase your risk for injury, and will result in a less effective workout. This site is designed to help you begin and progress through a lifestyle of healthy diet and exercise habits. Check out the exercise video demonstrations or the many available workouts, fitness tips and diet advice available on the site. If you still aren’t sure, email me!