Not everybody has an innate necessity to exercise and I understand that.
In fact, I hear so often from people that attempt to join my classes how hard it is for them to find the motivation to find the time for it. However, those of my students who attend practice regularly tend to show up very week without hardly ever missing a class. And they are just as busy as those who don’t.
Why? Because they are committed to seek the positive changes they experience: stronger connection to their bodies, better coordination, decreased stress, a deepening sense of calmness, positivity and confidence.
Based on the most commons reasons I’ve collected throughout the years, in this post I share my strategies how to overcome excuses NOT to exercise and, instead, start doing it… And sticking to it.
“No Time For Exercise”
This one is understandable. I have a lot of clients who are busy mums with young children and a full time job. However, my strong belief is that finding 30-60 minutes for exercise provides us with more energy, pathos and motivation to work on our goals, take care of our loved ones and also feel good about ourselves. Same applies to hard-working gentlemen. Finding the time not to think about work and just connect to your body and the endorphins it produces will strengthen your stamina and endurance in every other area of your professional and intimate life.
Fitness is more than aesthetics, it is a way of somatic feeling. It is in our DNA to move our lymph system and detoxify our cells with purifying sweat. Of course, too strenuous exercise impedes wellness as much as no exercise does. But you can always find a routine that is stimulating and not over-taxing on your body: yoga, dancing, swimming and pilates are the most effective low-impact routines for your joints. If you are more advanced, you can easily implement few hiit sessions per week that work your whole body and are very time-efficient because they usually last not more than twenty minutes.
2. “I Get Too Lazy”
First of all, I don’t quite believe people who claim that are lazy.
That’s usually a pointer for not being motivated enough to re-write the script in your head that includes a cozy coach and a TV/laptop/book/snack/any other distraction. So it is up to You to communicate to your emotional self who doesn’t like to be bothered to leave the comfort of your home and exercises. It is up to You to teach your emotional self that exercise is an activity that will make you feel better…much better than if you just sit on the coach all day and persuade yourself you are too tired or busy to go out and move. In fact, you can easily workout from home by streaming a class or playing a video on youtube.
In those situations, it is You Versus You. Proving to yourself than you can be your own motivator is a skill that you can translate in everything else you do. I find it also helpful to mark your workout routines on your calendar or, even better, create an alarm that buzzes off few hours prior to your class. It may not work immediately but your brain will start to accumulate the input that you are supposed to be doing it. Until, eventually, it forms a habit in you and becomes second nature.
Granted, on those days when you’ve had too little sleep, too much work and not enough energy (or you are sick) – of course it is best to listen to your body and rest. However, I personally find that a gentle stretching routine (or a meditation) brings more energy into my body and I feel more centered and less fatigued.
3. “I Am Too Un-Coordinated/Self-Conscious”
First of all, coordination, aerobic endurance and flexibility are learned and cultivated with practice and you don’t have to be a professional athlete (or dancer) in order to start working out. In fact, many of the most popular fitness influencers proudly share their stories of having been over/under-weight (or just not into fitness at all) before they fell in love with it and made it their job.
Think of babies. They are never self-conscious of being silly. They just wiggle to music and often joyously laugh if they fall on the ground. Unfortunately we, adults, tend to loose that genuine enjoyment from exploring new things and laughing at ourselves when we fail.
In my work, I teach different classes and most of them include dance or some sort of rhythmic movement. There are always people who get discouraged from not getting the patterns immediately and, thus, giving up. But those of my attendees who allow themselves to feel awkward in the beginning quickly make a rapid progress and soon enough praise my classes for the challenge it gives them and the skills they develop with every class.
Don’t be afraid to start doing new things: in fitness and in general. If you don’t like group classes and prefer to workout alone in the gym but have no idea where to start – hire a trainer or go online and search for free workout plans. Whatever you choice of exercise is – commit to it and give your body time to adjust. It takes twenty one days for us to cultivate a new habit.
If your new yea`
s resolution is to exercising more -don't look for motivation. It is not to be found, it is to be created. And employed.
I would love to hear from you! Are you a fitness regular or a fitness on-and-off type of exerciser? Comment below.