What Excuse is Your Mind Cooking Up to Make You Skip Your Workout?
When you’re trying to lose weight, there are two areas in your life that you need to keep your eye on.
The first is your diet, and the second is the physical activity you’re getting.
Exercise improves your blood circulation, strengthens your muscles and bones, boost your stamina and endurance, accelerates calorie burning, improves your mood and has innumerable health benefits.
Increasing your daily physical activity rewards you in ways you can’t imagine.
It’s not just about weight loss.
You’ll also have increased mental clarity, and those who exercise often, generally seem to be more successful in life.
However, when you’re embarking on a weight loss programme, your mind will cook up many excuses to prevent you from working out.
This is the mind’s self-preservation mechanism. It doesn’t want you to ‘suffer’, so it tries to hold you back.
In this article, we’ll look at some of the most common excuses you can expect to crop up… and how you can mindfully overcome them.
If you always find that you have no time to exercise, just wake up 30 minutes earlier every day and get your exercise over and done with.
Of course, you may need to go to bed 30 minutes earlier, but you’ll usually find that going to bed early is possible.
In the event that you must work out later in the day but find that you only have 20 minutes instead of your usual 40 minutes, just work out for twenty minutes and call it a day.
Tell yourself that you can make up for it another day.
My body aches
If your body aches, you can slow down the pace.
Worked your legs yesterday and they’re aching today? No worries.
You can work your arms. Do a few dumbbell curls, push-ups, pull ups, etc.
Sometimes even a slow 30-minute walk will help to ease your aching leg muscles because the increased blood circulation in your legs will help to flush out the lactic acid.
When your body aches, be mindful about how severe the pain is and which part of the body is affected.
If you need a rest, take it… but if your mind is just looking for an excuse, go ahead and train another body part.
Not in the mood
If you’re not in a mood to exercise and you have no good reason for it, just accept the feeling and tell yourself you’ll only exercise for 5 minutes.
Go ahead and train for 5 minutes. In most cases, you’ll end up exercising for the full duration.
It’s the getting started part that’s the most difficult. Once you start, you’ll carry on.
If after 5 minutes, you’re really not in the mood, just stop and go home. It’s fine. You can carry on another day.
I’m not seeing results
If you feel like exercising is a waste of time because you’re not seeing results, it’s important to tell yourself to be patient.
Exercise is important for more than just weight loss.
Increase your activity and intensity in your training.
Next, you’ll want to study your diet closely.
Very often, if you’re not seeing weight loss despite exercising, it’s because your diet is not under control.
You don’t need a gym to lose weight. You can run outside, train at home, get a home workout DVD, etc. You have many options.
Gyms are not a requirement for weight loss. The same applies to having a fitness trainer. You do not need one to succeed.
You just need to get on YouTube and there are thousands of exercise videos and plans that show you what to do.
In conclusion, when your mind gives you excuses and tells you why you can’t workout, it’s just telling you lies so that you don’t have to blame yourself.
But deep down, you know the truth.
So, be mindful of your thoughts. Allow the excuses to show up, but go ahead and exercise anyway.
Even after you’ve made exercise a daily habit and you enjoy it, every now and then a thought may creep into your head telling you why you should skip a workout.
The battle never ends and your mind is always testing you. But you know better now… and you’ll keep going.
Excuses don’t get results.