Getting the ideal body you want takes a lot of hard work, dedication, self-discipline, and most importantly consistency. Initiating a workout routine starts with motivation but without all the things I just mentioned above, that motivation is nothing but a thought without any action steps. So what hold most people back from reaching their fitness goals? The biggest thing I have noticed and witnessed firsthand are excuses. It’s too hot, It’s too cold, It’s too expensive, it’s too hard, it’s intimidating and people will judge but let me tell you all of these things are the furthest from the truth because when there is a will there is always a way. So here are 3 ways to start an active lifestyle and combat those excuses.
Excuse #1: It’s too expensive
Resolution: Do your workouts at home or anywhere that is free and affordable.
At home workouts are fun, you’re in the comfort of your own home and it’s of course free. But there is a drawback to at home workouts, you have to have a lot of motivation and dedication to stick with this plan. Oftentimes people tell themselves that they are going to start working out as their new year’s resolution and of course many of these people end up not sticking to it because they did not have a lot of motivation to begin with. If this is you I would opt out of at home workouts in the beginning, the first few months are crucial to a fitness enthusiast because they have a pretty good chance of quitting so if you are going to opt for at home workouts make sure they you have a lot of discipline to stick with it. Pinterest have tons of at home workout examples that consist of yoga and basic exercise moves. Many exercises require equipment but I have good news for you, a lot of equipment is affordable, convenient, and will not take up a lot of space in your home. You can invest in a stability ball, a resistance band, and even a jump rope to start, all items that can be bought for under $20 so give it a shot if this is the ideal setting for you. If at home workout is just too much of a hassle for you there are always deals online for yoga studios, Zumba, kickboxing, etc. at affordable rates.
Excuse #2: It’s too hot or too cold
Resolution: Layer up in the winter and go during the early morning and late evening hours of the day in warmer climate.
This is for my peeps that decide to opt for a more public setting with their workout routine because they too rather save the money than get a gym membership. Well there isn’t a lot you can do when it comes to the weather of course but my best advice would be to begin your fitness journey in a more neutral season like the spring or fall depending on where you live. That way when it does get to hot or too cold you will already be in the habit of your outdoor workout routine. In the winter you can always layer up, there are plenty of lightweight jacket out there that are designed for working out outdoors in the winter and in the hotter temperatures you can always go early in the morning and late in the evening when the temperature tends to be cooler.
Excuse #3: It’s too hard, it’s intimidating and people will judge
Resolution: That’s all in your head, focus on your goal and don’t doubt yourself.
Working out is definitely not easy, it’s challenging but think of it like this; it isn’t impossible and if it were easy everyone would be doing it. Don’t let the level of difficultness stop you from pursuing your goals. Starting a workout routine can definitely be intimidating when you go to the gym and see many people with “perfect” bodies getting it in and in your mind you are not them, again that is all in your head. Don’t let others in the gym intimidate you, if anything it should motivate you to be a better version of yourself. Surround yourself around these people for support, I guarantee you that at least 95% of your fit fam is going to be supportive with you reaching your goals and judging you will be the furthest from their mind. If it makes it easier find you a fitness buddy who is reaching the same goal as you and you both can push each other. With a buddy you won’t be worried about your surroundings as much as if you are by yourself and you will be making the most out of your workout with someone you know and trust.
So what are you waiting for, get out there and weeeeeerrrrrrrkkkkkkk.