How To Banish Your Excuses And Work Out Already.
True Confession: I have never been one of those people who LOVES working out.
I used to be a dancer - and I certainly loved that - but dancing never felt like exercise to me, so I didn’t mind doing it. Hmmmm - that’s a big lesson right there, wouldn’t you say?
As I’ve gotten - ahem - a little older, and as my knees, back and shoulders have voiced their discontent with certain activities, dance class is no longer the joy it used to be. I’ve found that I do better with the slower-pace and the therapeutic nature of pilates, yoga, and gyrotonic - and so that’s what I do. And I genuinely enjoy it. It keeps everything where I like it to be - and it feels good.
That said, I still have a stack of ready-made excuses in my pocket for why I don’t want to work out.
Here are some of my top reasons for skipping a workout. Do any of these sound familiar?
I don’t feel like it.
It’s going to hurt.
I’m going to sweat.
I just ate.
I’m too tired.
It’s going to MAKE me tired.
I don’t feel like changing clothes.
I need to do laundry.
I’d rather watch TV.
I’d rather eat.
I’d rather sleep.
What’s a gal to do?
If you’ve known me for any length of time at all, you’ll know that I am deeply opposed to the word ‘SHOULD’ - so telling myself that I really ‘should’ workout is a non-starter.
‘Should’ no longer motivates me or inspires anything inside me except guilt and resentment - two emotions that I choose not to allow in my life.
So I don’t like to workout JUST because I ‘should’. It sucks the life out of it and makes me grumpy.
I prefer to CHOOSE to exercise because I either enjoy it, or I want the health benefits, or because my body feels like moving, or because I want to feel good in my clothes.
These things motivate me. They’re true for me - and they’re all mine.
What would be some genuine motivations for you?
If you could silence the chatter and the pressure and the ‘shoulds’…..what remains?
Here are three questions you might ask yourself the next time you start hearing allllll of those excuses rattling around in your head. I encourage you to be really specific with your answers - and banish the word ‘should’!
1. What matters to you most about exercising?
2. What’s the worst thing that could happen if you don’t work out right now in this moment?
3. What’s the best thing that could happen if you DO work out right now in this moment?
What’s your go-to excuse for not exercising……and how do you overcome it (if you do!)?