The, “How do I get started?” Bikini Girl.
The toughest part about committing to—and sticking with—an exercise program is getting your mind to go along with it. Learn how to jump over five mental hurdles and confront common excuses that could derail your best intentions. Nobody ever said adopting a regular exercise program or consistently working out would be easy. The biggest obstacle most people face? Fitness is 90 percent mental and 10 percent physical, and thats totally 100% the case. Which is why having the right backing on your journey is your key to success!Whether you’re a world-class athlete, a workout newbie, or somewhere in between, your mind—and the excuses it comes up with—is often your biggest enemy. Below are five common mind blocks or excuses not to work out that could be holding you back, and my tips for overcoming them so you can make fitness part of your regular routine.
Excuse #1: I’m too tired to exercise.
Solution: If you’re truly feeling under the weather, then it’s probably best to skip exercise. But if this fatigue is a daily feeling, know that it’s probably from a lack of exercise. When you sit too much or don’t move enough during the day, there’s not much oxygen being distributed through your body, which can make you lethargic. If you tell yourself to try 10 minutes and after that just push for five more that would be a great start. Soon you will start to feel a lot better and gradually you will want to add in more and more.
As soon as you get moving, endorphins begin to kick in and you feel more energized. Do this repeatedly, and you’ll increase your overall energy. Until you get to that point, though, schedule exercise for when you naturally have the most energy. For some people, that may mean trying a morning workout before the day wears them out, while others might feel more energetic later in the day. No matter when the exercise happens, remember that a small amount of activity is better than nothing, so commit to doing at least ten minutes or moving through a few stretching exercises. Chances are, you’ll feel so good that you’ll keep going.
Excuse #2: I don’t have time to exercise.
Solution: Lack of time was the number one reason a whopping 42 percent of participants in a recent Freeletics survey cited for not working out. It might seem tough to squeeze exercise in, but people often only have a perceived lack of time, as the same survey found that the average American has 89 minutes of free time a day. Plus the survey they completed too a good 30 minutes 😂 I rest my case.
Fortunately, you don’t need to spend much time exercising—even a few minutes at a time spread throughout the day or a little exercise at home will work—but you do need to create time for it. Schedule it into your day planner just as you would a doctor’s appointment or a haircut and then build more activity into your day by taking the stairs versus the elevator, holding walking meetings, or pacing as you talk on the phone.
Bottom line? Ask yourself if your health is really a priority. People always find time for the things that are the most important.
Excuse #3: I’m not an athlete—how can I possibly exercise?
Solution: No doubt you’re great at walking, which means you can move, and that’s all that’s required. You don’t need to be an athlete to exercise. Find activities you love doing, do them at an intensity that feels comfortable, and progress at your own level. Most importantly, don’t compare yourself to others as you get into this exercise mindset. Everybody has to start somewhere, and small steps add up to bigger results.