Many articles will cite 21 days as the amount of time needed to form a new habit – this is not always true – but it’s a great way to start a countdown to making change (for the better) that will become an integral part of your lifestyle. Our attitude is one of the biggest obstacles to staying motivated and going on even when you don’t feel like it. These mental barriers need to be confronted in order to start and maintain a regular exercise routine (or any good habit really). I will deal with this topic in more detail in another post later.
We’ve all heard (and made) many excuses to why we can’t or won’t exercise today – address each one and find a way to overcome it. Here are a few to get you going:
“I don’t have the time…”
Solution: you can devote small chunks of time throughout the day to exercise – in the end it all adds up. For example doing sit ups during tv commercials. You can also do 10min of walking in the morning + 10min of body weight exercises (like push ups or sit ups) + 10min of walking in the evening = 30min that day.
“I’m too tired”
Solution: nine times out of ten you will feel much better after your session as exercise gives us more energy – more oxygen circulating to the brain so your work capacity improves among many other benefits
“I’m afraid of getting injured”
Solution: learn correct warm up and cool down techniques from your biokineticist and chat about how they can help you get started with a program and how to increase and progress over time. As your confidence on your ability increases you will find that doing more challenging exercises become easier to execute
“What do I wear to the gym?!”
Solution: wear what you are comfortable in. Going to the gym is not Paris Fashion Week – make sure your clothes are breathable and allow lots of movement. Most people are generally too busy worrying about themselves to take any notice of others
“It’s too expensive”
Solution: you only really need a decent pair of training shoes, comfy sweat pants and t-shirt to get started whether you will be training at gym, at home or walking round the block.
“I don’t feel like it”
Solution: You may not want to, but you need to! Exercise is good for you in so many many many ways. More energy, better weight management, improved concentration, feeling healthier and stronger, almost all chronic condition symptoms start improving or going away…the list goes on
“Who will look after the kids?”
Solution: hire a babysitter or find a friend or relative who can help out for that hour while you go exercise, or hop on the bike at home while the kids are taking a nap. Alternatively you can involve your kids in exercise as a family – there are a myriad of fun home exercise for kids and adults to do together if you get creative enough
“I’m too old to get active now anyway”
Solution: not true! Age doesn’t matter. You should become even more active after retirement and even try learn new skills which have always been on your wish list (such as ballroom dancing or swimming). Do more gardening, take more walks, play with the grandchildren. The more active we are as we get older the more endurance we will have to keep doing ordinary, everyday things without pain, discomfort and injury
So what are you waiting for….?
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