Fight Excuses, Stay Motivated
We all have different goals which lead us down different paths. Each path has its own hurdles or road blocks that often cause us to make excuses as to why we cannot achieve what we set out to do. Each day may also bring new and different reasons and we need to be able to combat those excuses. If we actually wish to obtain our goals, we must be ready to fight off excuses and motivate ourselves to stay driven.
Probably the most common excuse, being too tired should be the easiest one to beat. If you are killing it at the gym or exercising at home on a regular basis, you are going to be tired and/or sore from time to time. However, doing simple, easy paced exercise can increase our energy levels. So, when there is a day where you don’t feel quite like your typical motivated self, try going for a walk, jog or riding a bike at a slow, steady pace. Doing so will not only help prevent you from taking a complete day off but will help your body increase energy levels so that you can get back on track with a more intense exercise the following day.
Another excuse that comes up often, not having enough time to exercise, should not derail you from your goals. Utilizing time management techniques is the first line of defense against this excuse. Time blocking and setting aside designated time for your workout so that the day cannot get away from you can help tremendously. The programs I am doing are intense, action-packed workouts that can be done from the comfort of your own home without requiring much time at all. Erase travel time to and from the gym, erase waiting for machines or treadmills to open up and start maximizing your time and kick that excuse to the curb.
Frustration occurs when trying to reach high goals. While we did not gain 15 pounds over night, we often expect one intense workout to help us lose those same 15 pounds over night. Then, when we don’t get the results we want, we lose motivation and quit. Finding programs that utilize daily, weekly, and monthly goals that are not entirely centered around the scale, can help us forget about using the no results excuse again. Try focusing on how you feel. Have you lost inches around areas of your body; are your clothes a little looser? Transforming your body does not have to have anything to do with the scale. Set goals that are meant to create the healthiest version of you!