What is keeping you from working out? Learn how to stop making excuses and start getting fit!
Excuses come in all shapes and sizes. As a Trainer, I am no stranger to the gym goers (or the non-gym goers) script of excuses. Do you have an actual reason to miss your workout or do you have an excuse? Excuses are just lies wearing a mask. Unfortunately, that mask is only convincing to you. Your trainer or even a close family member or friend that is trying to support you in your weight loss effort – we can see right through those excuses, whether you can or not!
Like I said, being a Personal Trainer has opened my eyes to the many excuses people may give as to why they didn’t work out during the week. But what I get even MORE, is people that will tell me what they DID do, that in their minds equated to a workout.
1. I had my Grandchildren
I love being with family. So I 100% support the time that you get to spend with yours. HOWEVER, I also support you getting in your workouts each week. Giving yourself permission to forego the gym because you “chased around the grandkids” or “kept up with the grandchildren” all week, isn’t doing anything for that long term goal you set yourself. I have GREAT news for you! We have childcare at our East-West connector and Chapel Hill Rd. locations. If your grandchildren are over 6 months old and younger than 12 years old, bring them to the gym with you! We have great childcare and your grandchildren are guaranteed to have fun, while you get your REAL workout in! Are the kids too old for childcare? No problem! Let them come be your guest for the day and you can work out together!
2. I worked in the yard
Unless you were doing something like interval sprints in the yard, back and forth between the flower beds, you didn’t get your workout in. I understand you were hot and you may have been sweaty, but that doesn’t mean you exerted a lot of energy or that you “really worked those muscles”. I am all for you picking weeds, laying mulch and watering the flowers. However, I also want you to know the difference between working out and working OUTside. You could do 10-15 jump squats in between each bag of mulch you lay and then do some overhead presses with the next bag of mulch. There are plenty of ways to get creative when it comes to working out and not being at the gym. Sitting your happy little rear on the John Deere while you roll around cutting grass, isn’t one of them.
3. I cleaned my entire house
That’s great! Keeping your house clean is definitely important and I would love it if you come do mine as well! You know what else is important? Keeping a clean bill of health! Yes, getting on your knees and cleaning baseboards is a difficult task, but it isn’t weight training. Yes, picking up your kids’ laundry and hauling it to the laundry room is a challenge, but it isn’t the strenuous cardio workout you need. If you simply just cannot get to the gym, that’s fine! But don’t cheat yourself. For each piece of laundry that you pull out of the dryer, do a set of 10 jumping jacks. You will have a significant increase in your heart rate by doing this modified version of home cardio. I bet you need to fold all those clothes, don’t you? Well, while you are folding away, do some alternating lunges! Do you have some unopened bottles of bleach or detergent? Use them as your dumbbells and do some bicep curls and lateral raises! That is a simple way to get some “weight training” done, when you don’t have the gym equipment needed.
After reading those 3 common excuses, did you have any dejavu? Are you guilty of lying to yourself and using these particular excuses? Well, the past is past and it is a NEW day! There are plenty of things that you can do that will GENUINELY count as a workout. Stop cheating yourself with the masked excuses. You are better than that and you DESERVE better than that! Get your tasks and family time in, but keep your health a priority as well!