Sunday, June 28, 2015

Stop Making Excuses for the Gym

I do not have time for excuses in my life.

I know that sounds incredibly rude but I can't stand people making excuses after excuses because they're too lazy/unmotivated to make the change. As you can probably tell, I dislike people that asks for advice and not do anything about it. Or, people who complain and not make change. (But, I do understand some things are out of our control OR it's harder said than done and takes a while).



Just a few days ago, I finally got my friend Sergio into the gym with me. I was beyond thrilled the morning of because he didn't bail out last minute. Sergio has probably given me every excuse in the book to avoid the gym until I finally got him to come with.

And, if you share the same excuses as Sergio...

1. You don't have enough time.

This is the number one excuse I hear all the time. You have 24 hours in one day. Granted, we don't use all 24 hours but we use most of it. You don't need more time in the day to stay fit.

Make time for the gym. Wake up on hour earlier - it won't kill you. Go to sleep earlier - what are you even doing up at 2am in the morning? Waiting for a call from the CIA? If you're a night owl, consider a 24 hours gym. I always believe that a quick workout is better than none. 30 minutes of training can benefit you in the long run!

Plus, don't forget - there are hundreds of way to stay fit at home without workout equipment!

2. You don't know what to do

This is why I purchased personal training sessions when I first went to the gym.  If you're lucky, get a friend to show you the ropes. Alternatively, the gym staff would know how to operate all the equipments in the gym, and many machines have basic diagrams to get your started. Also, gym people are extremely friendly - ask that cute looking guy how to work the machine ;)

3. It's too expensive

Are you joining the gym that first pops into your head? Do some research before committing to a big name change! I was paying $40/month for my membership and while I do have only a few months left of my contract, I regret jumping into the contract. I found out that the gym I worked at (which NEVER crossed my mind when I was looking to join a gym BUT I know of this gym) has memberships starting from $15 to $20 a month... that's half the price with all the equipment! Do some research and don't settle for a gym because of the name. Community centers are a great alternative as well. Also, check out if your workplace has discounted membership or free gym perks; works for students as well!

4. My diet is shit

Honestly, diet and gym goes together. It's daunting at first but once you get into the habit of a gym, you'll feel motivated to start changing your diet as well. You'll lose your craving for junk food and McDonald's. It's not all about a strict diet to follow - treat yourself! I always treat myself but at the same time, I hit the gym more than I put junk into my body. Just balance it together and diet would come naturally.

5. I'm too tired

Working out gives you energy! You feel much more energized AND your mood is instantly lifted! Also, if you're lacking energy and motivation, consider purchasing new active wear!

6. It's boring

Your routine is boring. Period. Mix it up a bit - try cardio and weights, or hot yoga and biking. The gym offers big opportunities to find your perfect match of exercises BUT it doesn't mean you're stuck at the gym. You can take your exercising outdoors for a hike, biking or even outdoor yoga. I do not like cardio so I'm not going to force myself to run the treadmill for 40 minutes. I like weights and I do biking as a substitute for my cardio exercises.

6 comments:

  1. Thanks for this. I've got to up my gym & workout game. Just have to make time. :]

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  2. Haha great post. I've had a series of workout partners over the past few years, and I've heard every single one of those excuses at some point. I think I should get some of them to look at your post. Might just get them back in the gym :D

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  3. I always found that if I went to the gym with a solid plan then I did 110% all the time. If I walked through those doors without a plan then I would give up within 20 minutes and would have given it 80% of my effort at best. I'm that type of person who needs a plan and needs to stick to it otherwise no deal haha. That being said, I've been doing my workouts at home/outdoors this year and I like it a looooooot more :D I can look like a twat and I don't give a fuck haha.

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  4. I also added this to my StumbleUpon page so I can look at it again when I start making these excuses again haha. I need a little reminder every now and again ;)

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  5. I don't have a gym membership, but my husband does and he NEVER goes to the gym. It's very frustrating to me because he is paying $47 a month and he doesn't even go! He used to go in the beginning, but then stopped. He is just lazy and doesn't want to go after work. He prefers to come home and play video games or just play on his phone. SIGH... I don't know how to get him to go, I feel like the more I tell him he should go the more he purposely DOESN'T go... ahhh. I will just be so glad next year when his membership ends and we don't have to pay that much money per month anymore! :D

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  6. Since working at my current gym, the membership I signed up for in another gym isn't going to use anymore either. It makes me so mad knowing I'm paying for 6 months for a gym I no longer use because I get free gym access at work and there's no additional commuting!

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