We all know there are so many good reasons to work out. It helps your heart and bones stay strong, keeps you more flexible, increases endurance, helps maintain weight, and gives you more energy — not to mention bragging rights when you can beat someone in an arm wrestling match. Unfortunately, the list of excuses to skip workouts is almost as long. We’re too tired, too busy, too stressed, too broke. It’s too hot or too cold. It’s like we’re the Goldilocks of the workout world, looking for workout conditions that are just right. But with hectic schedules, it’s rare that that perfect moment comes. There’s always a road block making it tough, but that doesn’t mean we can’t overcome workout obstacles.
Even the most motivated can fall victim to workout excuses. But with enough practice, you get better at getting motivated. I’ve had a lot of practice with small setbacks. My gym provides up to two hours of daycare for my kids each day. Sounds too good to be true, right? It is. Especially when you have a toddler with separation anxiety. The staff gives it a valiant effort for 10 minutes, but if that doesn’t work, I’m hopping off the treadmill to pick up my crying baby. After months of this, it would have been easy to get frustrated and just stay home. Instead, I realized that 10 minutes on the treadmill is still 10 minutes of a workout. And as soon as my son was all smiles again, we’d hit the gymnasium to run around and bounce balls. Discouraging as it was, I didn’t let it stop me from getting active, even if just for a few minutes. I had to adopt a “no excuses” attitude or I’d never get to work out! And guess what? You can do it, too!
It’s true that there are genuinely times when you need a workout break, like if you’re genuinely sick or burned out. Rest days are important, too, so that’s okay! But when you find yourself skipping workouts but you know deep down you’re just being a little lazy, get to busting those excuses!
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