Too tired to run? Too busy to hit the gym? We’ve heard it all before. We’re looking at the top 6 exercise excuses everyone uses to avoid a workout and the tips on how to beat them. When it’s cold and dark outside, it’s all too easy to convince ourselves that exercise is a bad idea. From a lack of motivation to a hectic schedule, we’re experts at finding even the smallest excuse to dodge a workout. So how can we help ourselves stick to our fitness routine?
This one really goes against everything as actually exercise is one of the very best ways to boost your energy levels and beat tiredness! The way this works is that the more you are up and moving the more energy you’re going to have and as a result the more you’ll want to do this. Only 20 minutes of moderate exercise such as jogging increased the energy of 91% of people who took party in a study. if you’re ever at home and really tired just get out the house for a brisk 15 minute walk and you’ll feel a whole load better!
It’s always going to be daunting walking into a new Gym or class, it’s similar to your first day of school. But everyone is there for the same reason to get fit or fitter. Don’t let your fear hold your back, nobody is looking at your and never get so hung up on your own insecurities to let it affect your workout! If this is a real struggle for you some of the best ways around it is to Gym with a friend or join classes where there is often a strong sense of community!
I’m Not Motivated
The worst thing you can do is see exercise as a chore! If you think of the benefits and going to Gym as just another part of your daily routine it will make things a hell of a lot easier. You’ve got to go because you want to, not because you feel you have to. Going in the morning is especially difficult but think of how this will boost the rest of your day and make your day more productive. Endorphins released during exercise give you an immediate lift but they can also become addictive which may be hard to believe for some of us.
I Don’t Have Enough Time
There are a lot of people who have very little time to go the Gym but still do so, this is because you don’t have to be slogging away for hours, short, sharp sessions are just as good! High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is just as effective. A 10 minute workout which included just 1 minute of sprinting was as good as a 45 minute bike ride. Fitting a 30 minute session into your day before or after work or even on your lunch will do wonders for you.
I Can’t Afford It
Expensive Gym memberships are a thing of the past, unless that’s your thing! There are dozens of budget Gyms in almost every town and city across the UK! As well as this with a Vitality Life or Health Policy you are able to get up to 40% off Virgin, David Lloyd and Nuffield Gyms saving you plenty of cash. If it’s a personal trainer your after then why not club together with two or three friends and split the cost! There is also the great outdoors which is completely free, grab your training and head out for a run!
What Am I Doing?
Research shows that one is seven Brits now have a Gym membership, although it’s shown that many people quit due to not knowing how to use the equipment. A lot of people are intimidated by the thought of other people looking and thinking “What are they doing?” Don’t worry, if you ask any training they will be more than happy to show you how to use any of the equipment correctly.