It happens every year: Once the summer ends and the days get shorter, people struggle to workout. The weather gets colder, and the last thing anyone wants to do is leave a warm, cozy couch or bed to head out for an early morning run or exercise class at the gym. Most of the time we all just need a little push, so here are some ways to bust those exercise excuses and get your workouts in:
Excuse: I’m too tired to exercise after work
There is a big difference between being mentally tired and physically tired believe it or not. Doing something physical can actually help to combat mental fatigue. I find I’m able to focus much easier after a workout later on in the day. It also helps if I boost my pre exercise energy by having a snack rich in complex carbohydrates and protein. Fueling up gives me the energy to complete a workout when my motivation is low after work
Excuse: I have no motivation in the am
Morning workouts aren’t always fun, especially in the dark cold winter months. They are however, a must when it comes to staying on a healthy lifestyle track. Exercising first thing in the morning guarantees that you get a workout in before the day gets busy and you are overrun with excuses. When lying in bed debating whether to get up and exercise or not, count to three in your head and just get up. Make the commitment to exercise for 20 minutes. One that 20 minutes is up you really get into it and before you know it, you’ve completed a whole work out!
Excuse: I don’t have time to exercise
Scheduling a workout into my day won’t help when your day is already overwhelmed by a to-do list. When this happens, think outside of the box and figure out other ways to incorporate exercise into your day. Park your car in a central spot where you can walk to all of your errands. Park in the furthest spot away from the store, take the stairs instead of the escalator or elevator. Cross things off your list and get a workout in!
Excuse: The thought of 30 minutes on a cardio machine is sooooo boring!
Sometimes, just thinking of going to the gym can make you tired. However, if you’re lucky enough to be able to schedule a workout session at the gym around a favorite TV shows, you could have something to look forward to, a little me time to watch a favourite program or a guilty pleasure trashy tv show. Make sure to start your workout 10 or 15 minutes before your show starts. You will be so distracted by your show that you won’t even notice the extra minutes and the time will fly by.
There you have it 4 exercise excuses busted!! Hopefully you are able to put one or all of these to good use and get up and get moving during the colder and darker fall and winter months.
Have a great weekend and get moving!