Yesterday You Said Tomorrow
Yesterday you said tomorrow.
Alright, let’s be honest! who hasn’t said this? We all have our excuses on why to “not” do it today. Where are the excuses on why we should? I have been guilty to the answer, “I’ll just do it tomorrow.” Guess what I thought the next day, “I should have done something yesterday.” All I am saying is, do something. If you can’t do a full hour, do 30 mins. If you can’t do 30 mins, do 15 mins. This will get your in the routine of doing something daily. And I guarantee you, you will begin to do more. Your thoughts will transfer from, “this is too hard” to “lets see what else I can do.”
Here are a few excuses that are pretty generic.
“I don’t have enough time.”
Yes, that is understood. Some of us are busy with work, taking care of the family, errands. etc. This is the reality of it all, we will have obstacles. We will have things in our way that continues to hinder our possibilities to workout. Maybe, look at your schedule to see how you can at lease fit in 15 mins a day. If you have a full-time job and just feel unable to add in that extra 15 mins at the end of the day, start it at the beginning. Get up a little earlier and do a workout. I will tell you this, you will feel great! You will have more energy for your day! If you have kids that you’re taking from activity to activity and just feel overwhelmed with that. Schedule yourself a time where you can workout while they’re in their activity.
“I don’t like the gym.”
Good news! The gym isn’t the only place you can workout! You can do home videos (which takes serious motivation), you can do classes at your local community, you can research studios that offer Yoga, Zumba, Pilates, Kickboxing, Cardio Blasts, etc. There are so many options, now if that still doesn’t sound like something you can do. Just looking online you can find websites that offer you workout videos, or just a list of things you can do. And you can do them right at home! To be honest, if you’re a pinner on pinterest you can see their fitness board and that will give you lists of workouts along with a lot encouraging words.
“It’s so uncomfortable.”
Yes, working out is uncomfortable, but so is not working out. You can give yourself an hour of being uncomfortable and it’ll beat the being uncomfortable with yourself all the time. If you have a physical disability or injury that causes your workout to be extremely painful, talk to someone that can help. There are many options, such as: a physical therapist, chiropractor, yoga therapist, massage therapist etc. In this case, even if you’re not working out, you should definitely work to heal yourself of that problem. A lot of hard cardio workouts may not be your first choice right now based off of pain, that is okay! Take a slower class that involves stretching and re-establish your strength. Yoga is a great workout for that! It really works through each muscle and stabilizes your body. But don’t just give up because it’s uncomfortable. You’ll have to have a little struggle before you begin to feel better! But by seeking help, you’ll have a team of people encouraging you and helping to really decrease that pain!
We hear this all the time about working out! Maybe everyone is on to something!
“Improves your mood”
It really does. When you first start working out all the time, it is definitely a challenge! You have to grab that extra strength you’ve tucked away just to get through the workout! After the workout, you will feel great, maybe even a little sore! (which is always a good sign) I really do get in a better mood after I’ve done a workout. 1. Because I am proud of myself that I didn’t let the day get the best of me. 2. My body feels great. 3 I am ready to tackle anything that needs to be done. (House cleaning, organizing, etc.) 4. I am one step closer to my goal. 5. I am proud that I am taking extra time to be healthy.
“Improves your confidence”
We all start to feel better once we begin to workout. 1.We feel happy that we are accomplishing things that use to be obstacles. 2. We feel better about our body. 3. We feel less insecure about that extra flab (that truly no one sees but you). 4. Our clothes begin to fit much better. 5. We start feeling energized and strong as a person. 6. We love the reaction of “Wow, she/he looks great!”
According to the ADAA (Anxiety and Depression Association of America) states that being physically active reduces depression and stress because it really reduces fatigue while improving alertness and concentration. “When stress affects the brain, with its many nerve connections, the rest of the body feels the impact as well. So it stands to reason that if your body feels better, so does your mind. Exercise and other physical activity produce endorphins—chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers—and also improve the ability to sleep, which in turn reduces stress. Meditation, acupuncture, massage therapy, even breathing deeply can cause your body to produce endorphins. And conventional wisdom holds that a workout of low to moderate intensity makes you feel energized and healthy.” – ADAA
My last few words to you are, there are so many different ways to keep you motivated! I personally love researching different workouts, looking online at motivational boards (on pinterest), looking at workout clothes. Don’t forget to give yourself a daily reminder that “today, I am going to do a little bit of something to help keep me healthy.” You will feel better! Who doesn’t want that for themselves!?
Don’t even make it a question anymore. Just do it.