Top Ten Tuesday: Most Common Fitness Excuses

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

I thought I'd wrap up my Excuses Busted series with a resource guide on how you can bust your personal fitness excuses! There are always ways to overcome our excuses and challenges in life and I hope this series has helped a bit. 

"I can't afford to eat healthy."
Check out How to Eat Healthy on a Budget.

"I can't afford a gym." 
My list of 100 short workouts can all be done at home. That should keep you busy for a while. ;) If you need to put together a home gym (which can be done for a lot less money than joining a gym,) check out my post on The Best At-Home Fitness Equipment. I also have a guide on How to Be Your Own Personal Trainer if you need some more direction in your at-home workouts.

"I don't know where to start."
If you're just starting out, check out my Tips for Beginners. You might also find my post: How to Be Your Own Personal Trainer useful.

"I hate exercise."
Chances are if you hate exercise, you're not doing the right kind for you. I'm not a big fan of running, so my fitness plan doesn't involve training for a marathon. Instead, I utilize exercises like circuit training, Pilates and yoga, all of which I enjoy. Exercise  torture.

"Eating healthy and exercising is just too much work."
It can be hard to turn your lifestyle into a healthy one. Take it one step at a time and check out my guide on Putting the "Healthy" in Lifestyle.

"I'm just not motivated."
I saw something on Jillian Michael's website the other day that said something along the lines of "Lack of motivation is not a valid excuse." This really hit me, because I've always thought of "lack of motivation" as not being able to fight my excuses, not an actual excuse. There are tons of reasons to work out (check mine out here,) so the real trick isn't finding reasons to work out, it's about making it part of your lifestyle.

"I don't have time."
There are hundreds of workouts on YouTube that take six minutes or less (check out my list of 100 here.) For additional help, check out my guides on Making Time for Exercise and Meal Preparation

"I'm too out of shape."
If you're out of shape, the only way to get in shape is to exercise. Check out my Tips for Beginners to know how to modify exercises etc.

"Healthy food tastes bad."
Similar to exercise, if you haven't found healthy foods you like, chances are you just need to look a little bit more. There are tons of board on Pinterest with titles like "Healthy Desserts" that you can scour for delicious ideas. Just remember, it's okay to succumb to your cravings sometimes. I personally follow the 80/20 rule.

"I'm too tired to exercise." 
This one is tough, but you can definitely overcome it. Exercise at the ideal time of day for you (I personally hate working out in the morning...so I don't,) practice proper workout nutrition and remember, with time, exercise will actually give you more energy.

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