Lock Your Motivation To Exercise: By Reframing The Three Most Common Excuses
Not everybody shares the same levels of motivation to exercise, and I understand that. But you have the CHOICE to change that.
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I`ve been teaching fitness classes for ten years. By this point, I`ve heard it all.
The most common excuses people say can be outlined in three categories “Not Having Enough Time”/”Being Tired or Lazy”/”Not-In-Shape-YET-So-Why-Even-Bother”
So often I hear people say they “can`t find time for exercise.” At the same time, those of my clients who take my class regularly tend to show up every week without hardly ever missing a class. And they are just as busy as everyone else.
It is not being being less busier than others. It is about priorities.
In this post, I will show you how to reframe the most common excuses NOT to exercise and, by doing so, sticking to it.
Number One Common Excuse: “No Time For Exercise”
This one is understandable. I have a lot of clients who are busy professionals with families and a full-time job. Here is the truth though. If you have time to scroll on Social Media, you have time to squeeze a workout.
Time is not to be found. It is to be created.
Fitness is more than aesthetics. It is a form of self-care. Exercise creates a cocktail with good-feel hormones produced naturally in the body that keep you young, energized and mentally strong.
Not to mention that regular exercise helps you to feel more connected to your body which results in more confidence and better sex life.
It is in our DNA to move our lymph system and detoxify our cells with purifying sweat. Of course, too strenuous exercise impedes wellness as much as doing zero exercise. But you can always find a routine that is stimulating and not over-taxing on your body: yoga, dancing, swimming, and pilates are the most effective low-impact routines for your joints. If you are more advanced, you can easily implement a few high-interval sessions per week that work your whole body and are very time-efficient because they usually last no more than twenty minutes.
And, currently, you can easily stream a workout from the comfort of your living room = saving you time of commute and keeping you more motivated to stick to your health goals.
Number Two Common Excuse: “I Get Too Lazy/Too Tired”
First of all, nobody is too lazy or too tired. Our bodies are thriving when we move them consistently. Being sedentary is a whim of the modern society that produces lethargic people predisposed to getting different diseases. In addition, regular exercise is linked to having more energy.
Pause right here and read this article published by Science Daily.
Telling yourself you’re too lazy or too tired is a pointer of not being motivated enough to re-write the script in your head that includes a cozy couch and a TV/laptop/book/snack/any other distraction.
Ultimately, it is up to You to converse with your emotional self who associates exercise with “too much effort.” It is up to You to teach your emotional self that exercise is an activity that will make you feel better…much better than if you remain seated all day and persuade yourself you are too tired or busy to go out and move.
In fact, you can easily workout from home by streaming a class (like I said earlier).
In those situations, it is You Versus You.
Proving to yourself that you can be your own motivator is a skill that you can translate in everything else you do.
I’ve found that it also helps to mark your workout routines on your calendar or, even better, create an alarm that buzzes off an hour prior to your workout as a way of anchoring your motivation.
It may not work immediately but your brain will start to accumulate the input that you are supposed to be exercising. It takes up to twenty-one days to create new habit…unless you GIVE UP half-way.
Granted, on those days when you’ve had too little sleep, too much work, and not enough energy (or you are sick) — of course, it is best to listen to your body and rest. However, I personally find that a gentle stretching routine (or even just meditation) is more effective than doing nothing at all.
Number Three Common Excuse: “I Am Too Un-Coordinated/Out Of Shape”
I get it. It is difficult to renew your exercise routine if you have been out of it for a while. The truth is coordination, aerobic endurance and flexibility are learned and cultivated with practice and you don’t have to be a professional athlete (or dancer) in order to start working out.
You don’t have to look like or be an athlete to start exercising and get fit. It is your mind that creates these limiting beliefs.
Think of babies. They are never self-conscious or intimidated to experiment with the space around them. They effortlessly wiggle to music and often joyously laugh if they fall on the ground.
Unfortunately we, adults, tend to lose that genuine enjoyment from exploring new things and laughing at ourselves when we fail.
In my work, I teach dance-fitness classes and most of them include dance or some sort of rhythmic movement. There are always people who get discouraged from not getting the patterns immediately and, because of that, giving up. Those of my attendees who allow themselves to feel awkward in the beginning quickly make rapid progress and soon enough compliment my classes for the challenge it gives them and for the skills they develop with every new class.
Don’t be afraid to start doing new things: in fitness and in general. If you don’t like group classes and prefer to workout alone but don’t know where to start — hire a trainer, or go online and learn from the fitness experts who will eagerly share their knowledge with you.
Whatever your choice of exercise is — commit to it and give your body time to adjust. It takes twenty-one days for us to cultivate a new habit.
The motto of my work is that if an exercise is not enjoyable, is not sustainable.
And what a better way to enjoy your workouts than music?! If you want to check out my playlists, follow my Spotify channel here.
If your post-pandemic resolution is be fit and healthy — don't rely on intermittent motivation. It is not to be found, it is to be created. And employed.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this post. As my reward to you for wanting to improve your motivation, I would love to share with you one of my fitness classes: for free.
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