Excuses are never going to get you where you want to go in life.
This couldn’t be more true than for fitness, you have to make changes happen if you want to change!
For many of us, February is the month when most we let the excitement of January’s new year resolutions wear off, and our motivation starts to fade. We start to slip up, slack off, and old habits take back over.
I know the feeling, it happens to the best of us. With the cold weather looming, and summer not quite in sight yet, it can be easy to get off track.
When I find myself going down that path, getting into a fitness slump…
I know it is time to reevaluate, make a plan, and STOP the excuses.
Here are my top 3 tips to STOP making excuses,
so you can start getting results!
Excuse #1: I don’t have time.
Ladies, I GET IT! We are all busy…work, errands, responsibility…all that on top of trying to have a social life and/or run a family…I understand the feeling of not having enough time to yourself to workout. HOWEVER, when it comes down to it, the tough love truth is that if you are ready to make it a priority, you can make time. You do not, let me repeat, you do NOT need to spend an hour + in the gym, or even go to the gym!! All you need is about 30 minutes of dedicated sweat time to get in your workout and help you get results. Heck, even a walk during lunch, or a quick 10 minute body weight workout while you watch TV (wait you have time for TV but no workout?) will work if you really cannot dedicate a full 30 minutes during the day. The best thing to do is: 1) plan your workouts on Sunday, know what you will do and where and 2) plan them into your days, know what day and what time will you do each workout.
Excuse #2: I don’t know how to start!
This is another one I understand, when I started my fitness journey (80+lbs overweight, never worked out before) I had NO idea what to do. It was overwhelming. I did NOT want to go to a gym, as I was too embarrassed. I did not like to run, and yoga was boring. So, what the heck do I do…no gym, no running, and yoga, yeah right (although I enjoy it all now!). If you are feeling this way, and just not sure where to start…my advice to you is just to walk! Make it a goal to incorporate walking into your day, a focused 30 minutes of enjoyable steady walking….this will help get you active, move, and it reduces stress. It is a great first start. Once you master that, add in some body weight moves. After your daily walk do: 5 push ups, 10 squats, 15 jumping jacks, and a 20 second plank. After a week of doing that, add in another round, then add in up to 5 rounds. From there, you can add in different moves, get some dumbbells to use, and the possibilities are ENDLESS! If you just get started moving, then add in this simple strength training, you are well on your way to reaching goals and making workouts a daily habits. You can always get a workout DVD, google home workout plans, or join my StarrFitLife online boot camp for monthly plans to follow!
Excuse #3: I am too tired to workout or make healthy meals.
After a long day, you don’t feel like working out. You are ready to crash on the couch, and pop in a microwave dinner or order take out. Well, chances are, if you actually would of worked out today, you would have MORE energy! Working out gives your body important feel good hormones (endorphins), that make you feel better and give you more energy. You will finish your night refreshed, instead of feeling drained. OR It may help to work out in the morning or afternoon before you get too tired…plus you will have more energy for the rest of your day! And as far as healthy meals go…spending 1 day a week meal prepping some healthy lunches, dinner, and snacks will go a long way in taking care of that issue.
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