Below is a guest post by Malcom Morgan, with giving us some direction to avoid skipping workouts!
The CDC guidelines suggest that adults should perform muscle-strengthening activities two days per week and get at least 75 minutes of intense cardiovascular exercise or 150 minutes of moderate cardiovascular exercise per week. These guidelines may seem daunting, and there are plenty of excuses you can try to get out of following them. But for every excuse, there’s an answer.
There are plenty of reasons why getting to the gym or hitting the hiking trail don’t seem as enticing as calling it a day and kicking back. We take a look at possible excuses that can hinder you from attaining the suggested workout regimen for optimal health and fitness.
I Need a Babysitter
If you’re a parent, it can be tough to get enough time away from your kids to exercise. Make it happen by exercising at home during a time when your kids are occupied. Fitness equipment is a great investment, and most exercise bikes are small enough to tuck into a corner of your home for you to hop onto when you have a spare moment.
I’m Too Tired
This can often be the hardest hurdle to jump over on the way toward getting on a consistent workout schedule. Although you may feel insurmountably tired, exercising will actually help energize you during the day and sleep better at night. At the very least, get out for 10 minutes of activity to get your heart rate going, and continue if you’re feeling good. There a number of ways to stay active throughout your day, keeping you motivated and moving.
I Don’t Have Time
You can always find a way to fit exercise into your schedule. Consider exercising while you watch TV, which makes use of this otherwise inactive time. If you work, your employer has to give you a 15-minute break every four hours, so use it to exercise. Take a 10-minute brisk walk and you still have five minutes to relax before you’re on the clock again.
The Gym is Too Far Away
Variations on this excuse include “too expensive” or “not open right now”. Regardless of the reason you can’t or don’t want to go to the gym, that doesn’t have to hold you back from working out. There are plenty of ways to exercise outside, or you can just grab a jumping rope and pair of free weights to get a great workout right where you are. The gym does not have to be the only place to get fit. Although promotional of physical health, there are a number of ways you can get fit and stay fit outside the gymnasium.
Exercise is Boring
If you’re feeling this way, you really just need to switch up your routine. Try a new type of exercise, and eventually you’ll find something you like. Listening to some music you enjoy and varying your activities is a great way to keep things interesting. Instead of sticking with dumbbells, why not throw in some kettle ball exercises or resistance machines?
I’m Feeling Sore
Muscle soreness shouldn’t be an excuse to stop exercising entirely. You should probably take it easy for a few days, and always get at least 48 hours of recovery between strength training workouts. It’s perfectly safe, and even good for you, to perform a light cardio workout when you’re feeling some muscle soreness.
It’s Not Working
If you have fitness goals, it’s important to understand that it might take some time to get there. Even if you’re not seeing progress in losing weight, you’re still getting stronger and nearing your goals. Measure several things, like your speed, endurance, or weight you’re able to lift, so you can see progress in at least one area when you’re feeling discouraged.
Making exercise a part of your regular routine is an important step toward improving your overall health and meeting your goals, whether they’re increased fitness, weight loss, or something else. Although it’s tempting to skip a workout, keep your eyes on the long-term goals and remember that you’ll eventually make progress if you keep persevering. It can also be helpful to have an exercise buddy to help you recognize and get past your excuses.