Do you find it difficult to stick to your fitness plan? Sometimes I still have trouble staying consistent–even though I love exercise. I mainly run into this issue when I become engrossed in a sedentary project (most recently setting up this blog). Once I find the time to move, I just don’t want to stop. But each day, getting started is the toughest part of the process for me.
Three Tips To Beat Exercise Excuses
1. Pack Your Bag! If you workout in a gym or studio, keep a dedicated gym bag packed and ready to go. The night before, put fresh workout clothes in the bag along with a pair trainers and any grooming items you need.
2. Commit to Just 10 minutes of Movement: Yes I know the Center for Disease Control recommends more, but 10 minutes is better than nothing. I typically find if I start exercising, I don’t want to stop and will start with 10 minutes and that easily becomes 60 minutes. It really helps if you play great music and choose a fun activity. Also, this is a great place to start if you are very busy or out-of-shape. In fact, if you do several 10 minute movement breaks a day you will most likely build stamina for longer workouts… I say most likely because every body is different and I don’t want to minimize the challenges some may have due to injury or health issues.
3. Have an At-Home Option: I don’t own any expensive, space consuming cardio machines. However, I can get an amazing workout at home with a few fitness toys (shown in the post collage). Having a few home exercise options ready in your home and office eliminates one major excuse.
I am always interested in hearing ideas and tips from others. If you have a tip to combat “exercise excuses”, I would love it if you share in the comments section.
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