7 workout excuses to banish from your life

30 November 2015

It's dark before I leave the office now and the first thing I want to do when I get home is make a cup of Caramelized Apple tea and snuggle on the sofa with the dog. Going for a run along the sea front and battling against the elements? Not my number one choice. But once it's done, you feel good and strong and 100% better for doing it. A couple of years ago when I was a teacher, I honestly didn't have much time to fit exercise into my life. It got me down more than I realised and changed the way I felt about myself. I vowed that I would never let that happen again and now, I'm the girl who trains whilst on holiday and factors in training sessions when friends come to visit me (this is a true story.)

It is so, so easy to make excuses when it comes to exercise, but we're in charge of our lives and what we do with our time. With that in mind, here are 7 workout excuses to banish from your life forever!

001. I don't have the time. Yes you do. It's about making time and evaluating your priorities. Think about the times that you sit down in front of the tv to watch those 3 episodes of Friends that you've watched about 40 times over. That's an hour and a half that you could have been working out or going for a quick run. It's so easy to pretend that you don't have the time, and I could easily do that. However, exercise isn't an addition to my life..it's just a way of life and I will always make the time for it.

002. I'm too tired. We've all said this, including me. Sometimes it's important to listen to your body if you're physically tired, but most of the time, it's just a feeling. You never regret a workout and even when I'm not feeling my strongest, it feels good to have done a little bit of exercise, even if it's just 30 minutes.

003. It's too expensive. Some gyms are indeed expensive, but I am a firm believer that it's about finding the right gym for you, no-matter what the price is. I have trained in gyms that are £90 a month, and ones that are £9.99 a month. Think about the extra coffees you buy on the way to work, or the lipstick you pick up during your lunch hour. They all equal to what could be a gym membership. If a gym membership still seems too much, exercise is free. Get outdoors, go for a run, do push ups on the wall at the beachfront, do sit ups in your living room. There are so many options and exercise never, ever has to be expensive.

004. Exercise is boring. If you do the same workouts over and over again, then it can get boring. It's about finding that inspiration and what works for you. Training with a friend can be a great motivator, and giving yourself weekly targets means that you're always in competition with yourself. I love to switch up my workouts so that every day is different. I always make sure I have a good music playlist too to give me the extra boost - you'll often see me dancing and singing in between rounds, and that means I'm never bored!

005. I'll start to exercise in the New Year. Why the New Year? Why not now? There's no need to postpone. There's a month until New Year and imagine what you can do in those 4 weeks, and how your body might feel, not to mention your morale. When you do get to New Year, you'll already be in the mindset of exercising and it won't seem like such a challenge.

006. It's my time of the month. Come on girls. We're not in Year 7 and trying to get out of swimming any more. Change up the workout to suit how you feel. Maybe use lighter weights, or go for some shorter rounds. Exercise massively helps your hormones and you'll feel good for it after.

007. I'm pregnant. Now I can't speak from experience with this one, but as long as you've exercised before pregnancy, you're fine to train during pregnancy. This doesn't mean you have to go hammer for tong, but research has shown that exercising whilst pregnant has tons of benefits. Increased blood flow, endorphins and general fitness are all key for a good pregnancy and just by going for a brisk walk a few times a week can be of massive benefit. If I'm ever lucky enough to become pregnant, I will be carrying on my usual fitness routine unless otherwise told not to. Baby bump body pump is 100% a thing!

Hopefully this post will have given you a little inspiration when it comes to doing some exercise. Will your Monday involve some form of activity?

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