I have to admit, I absolutely love to workout. I honestly didn’t realize that I was the minority on this for the longest time. People look at me like I’m crazy when I tell them the best part of my week is when I am working out. I love the feeling when I finish and my muscles are totally exhaustion and I can barely move. I just don't understand why others don’t have the same excitement that I do. If only everyone could experience the endorphins that you get after a great workout we would all be so much happier! The stresses of the day would be reduced dramatically, people would be able to sleep better and most importantly, our health would be greatly affected for the better. But in reality, most people just don’t like to work-out. There are many reasons I’ve heard throughout my life: I hate to sweat, it’s too hot, it’s too cold, my hair gets sweaty, I get too sore, I don’t have time, I am too old, I have a bad back, neck, knee problems, I would rather go and have drinks after work and the list goes on and on.
What I do know is that most people are in their comfort zone. It's hard to get outside that comfort zone when you just don’t care for exercise, but I can promise you when you do decide to move past that comfort zone and find an exercise program that fits YOU, you will start feeling the benefits, both physically and mentally and you will be hooked! You just haven’t found it yet.
Let me address some of the top reasons why many people do not want to workout and give you some solutions to those reasons.
1) No Time. With work, children, shopping, cooking and errands, how can one possibly squeeze in exercise? It’s something you don’t care for so it’s last on the priority list of ‘things to do today’ and then it never happens.
So here is my suggestion-Don’t think of working out as ‘work’, in fact I don’t want you to ‘think’ about it. What you can do is incorporate more movement into your day. For instance-park the furthest away from your office, shopping center, grocery store and do that extra walk.Take the stairs (only in a visible area) instead of elevator or escalator, walk at lunchtime, walk your dog twice a day. Instead of sitting down after dinner, walk around the block or grab your bike and bike the neighborhood.Commit to doing this for 2 weeks. After 2 weeks see how you feel.
Remember, exercise does not have to be a continual 30 minute or an hour workout. Exercise is movement. If you do short movements all day long it will add up!
2) No Energy. After you work all day long and have finished your errands and dealt with the kids honestly you are totally exhausted and just don’t have any more energy.
So here’s the thing, it is harder to exercise in the afternoon; you are tired and have too much to do when you get home. Plus, people who workout in the morning usually stick with it more than those who workout in the afternoon. So set your alarm 15-20 minutes earlier. Will it be difficult? Sure! But after a week or two of getting up a tad earlier you will get used to it. Get up, do some stretches, some body weight exercises and there you go!
3) Hate the Gym Scene. Let’s be honest, the gym isn’t for everyone. Even though I worked out all my life, I was ALWAYS intimidated by the gym scene. I feel I’m a pretty sociable person, I love to be around people, but for some reason walking into a situation where there are a lot of people I don’t know I become an introvert in a second and totally out of my comfort zone. Plus, to go into the weight room with a bunch of body builder men, totally puts me into scared little girl mentality. So yes, I get that!
You don’t NEED a gym!! That’s right; you don’t need much to workout. You can actually get a great workout just by using your body! Yep, that’s right. Do some planks, squats, lunges, push-ups and there you go. If you want to invest a little bit of money, then go to Amazon and buy a stability ball, hand weights and a stretch band and BAM-you have yourself a weight room! With all the fitness apps and YouTube videos exercise ideas you are only a click away.
4) Not Motivated. It’s hard to be motivated on something you really don’t want to do. So let me give you some motivation.
Did you know that your body has an internal pharmacy? Yep, that’s right. Your body makes its own medicine!! The endothelium is the lining of your blood vessels and when you exercise the endothelium releases nitric oxide to the body and it prompts the body to make medicines to help your body heal. It reduces high blood pressure and high cholesterol. It helps prevent depression, reduces inflammation and increases blood flow to regulate blood clotting. Exercise is the only known process that causes a consistent and continuous production of nitric oxide by the endothelial cells. This is true! Look it up!
So I’m not talking about exercise to lose weight, I’m talking exercise or moving your body so it will help keep you healthy on the inside! If you think about it that way, this should help motivate you. Would you rather spend time moving or spending time and money in the doctors office and on prescription drugs?
5) Lack of Results. You have tried to exercise just to look at the scale and no success.
I am here to tell you that if you are exercising to try to lose weight without changing the way you are eating well I’m sorry to say, no, it won’t work. Sure you will probably lose some weight if you haven’t worked out before but to start on an exercise program to lose weight without looking at your eating habits is not going to work. Exercise to feel better, exercise to increase your strength, mobility and flexibility. Exercise to stay healthy inside. Exercise to feel great and have more confidence. Exercise to assist you with your weight loss goals, but in order to lose weight, you MUST change how you are eating.
So, bottom line exercise is very important. If you are one who needs accountability, some help getting started, someone to understand your time constraints and focus in on your goals than I can help you. I have several options to be able to get you started, either through sending you exercise videos focused on your needs through email or one on one workouts in your home. Whether it its developing a workout plan or helping you lose weight, I can help you. If you are interested I invite you to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can set up a convenient complimentary 15 minute consultation to discuss how you can get started on your way to a healthier lifestyle!