In Ep.17 Prioritizing Fitness I talk about how to adopt a conducive mindset to get serious about putting your physical health first. In this blog post, I will break down how to overcome the most common excuses disabling us from prioritizing fitness.
According to The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI), the most common reasons people stop exercising are as follows:
- Not enough time due to other life commitments
- Gym memberships, sports, and fitness classes are too expensive
- Self-conscious in a gym environment
- Boredom of your workout routine
- Exhaustion from work, school, and personal life
These reasons are merely excuses which develop a belief that there is no place for meaningful fitness in our lives. Contrary to this belief, regardless of your life commitments, financial status, and perception of ourselves, we still require physical activity every day! Physical activity is essential to our overall health it boosts our productivity, de-stresses us, and promotes longevity. We all have it in us to move our bodies daily, we must simply adjust our mindset to learn to love it again!
The best way to combat the excuses we make to not prioritize our fitness is to make it easily doable. If we make fitness feel like another chore we will do everything in our power to avoid it! Sound relatable? Keep on reading for 5 ways to combat these excuses.
1. Modify Workout Times
To those with demanding schedules from work, family, school etc. this strategy is for you. Instead of telling yourself, you don't have enough time to workout, do what you can with the time you have. You can either shorten your workouts to 20-30mins and focus on HIIT or LISS cardio and compound lifts to build muscle and shed fat. And/or you can make time in your day by waking up earlier to exercise. To boost your activity even further, focus on getting your 10K daily steps by scheduling short walks throughout your day.
2. Focus on Calisthenics
If finances are tight to the point where you can't afford a gym membership or buy gym equipment I recommend focusing on calisthenics-based workouts. Simply put, leverage your environment at home or at a local park for example and perform bodyweight exercises. There is so much you can do to build muscle, lose fat, and focus on your performance with simply your bodyweight that you don't even need to consider weights. Push-ups, pull-ups, leg raises, lunges and air squats are just a few of countless examples.
3. Grab a Friend
For those of you who are feeling self-conscious about going to the gym or attending a workout class, ask a friend who's experienced at the gym to show you the ropes. Working out in new environments can be daunting, but having a familiar face around to show you around and teach you how things work can help alleviate that initial anxiety. This friend can even become your workout buddy and help keep you accountable to keep showing up every week.
4. Move in a Way That You Love
For those of you who are sick of your workout routine... change it! You have to move in a way you love or it won't be enjoyable. If you love to run, run. If you love to lift weights, lift weights. If you rather workout with other people, attend a class. If you want a calm workout targeting your focus and flexibility, then do yoga. There are so many different types of forms of physical activity, it all depends on your personal needs and your personal preferences. So pick what you enjoy and build out your routine.
5. Schedule Your Workouts
How can you possibly workout when you're exhausted? The first step is to sleep earlier so you can sustain a long day with your workout. Make sure you are getting at least 7 hours of sleep on average per night. Then begin to schedule your workout in your calendar, this strategy provides accountability as it makes the workout a part of your commitments for your day. Finally, if you really need that energy boost, consider taking pre-workout drinks, BCAAs, or even a black coffee. My only flag here is to be mindful of your caffeine intake, especially if working out in the evening as that may have adverse effects on your sleep.
I hope with these 5 ways to combat excuses and prioritize your fitness, you got value from this blog post. Next, check out Ep.17 Prioritizing Fitness on our podcast for my take on establishing a structure for your fitness routine and how you can stay consistent.