How to Get Motivated to Exercise and Lose Weight
Why do we always find excuses that keep us from exercising, despite the fact that we yearn to be fit and healthy? It is time to say “No” to exercise excuses.
Exercising does not always mean doing difficult workouts in a gym. Any physical activity that requires muscle work can be considered an exercise. This can be jumping rope, jogging, cycling or doing house chores (like tending a garden or mowing the loan), doing yoga (mind and body fitness).
These are the most common excuses we use to skip exercising:
- I have no time to exercise.
Loads of work? Tight schedule? No time to go to the gym? Do not be distressed! You can find some other ways to exercise, for example, you can take the stairs instead of the elevator or a brisk walk instead of driving. This will not take up much time. You will keep fit and still beat your deadlines at work.
- It is expensive when it comes to paying bills for the gym.
Cycling, jogging, jumping rope, dancing are exercises that need minimal equipment. Get some exercise videos with aerobics or yoga and do exercises at home.
- It is tiring to exercise.
When exercising, do not overwork yourself. It is necessary to take breaks. This helps you relax and renews your energy. Make sure you plan your physical activities for times when you are energetic.
- It is boring to exercise alone.
Find a partner to exercise with or plan physical actives to involve the whole family. It is motivating and enjoyable at the same time. The support and encouragement you give each other is important for developing your exercise skills.
- I will never be perfect.
Be yourself; aim at achieving your goals but not at being the best. Remember to set goals that are not only challenging but also achievable. Do not compare your success to the success of other people. This can be frustrating and can make you stop exercising.
- There are no visible results.
Be patient with your progress and do not give up. Whether you exercise one, two or more times a week, remember that physical activity is important for your health. Do not worry: every single step counts to achieve the overall result.
- It gets monotonous.
Avoid sticking to one type of exercise for a long time, as this can lead to boredom. Variety is the spice of life; always look for other new and exciting types of exercises.
- I am too old to exercise.
You are never too old for exercises. If you have reached your retirement age, you have even more time to make exercising a constant part of your life. Take a walk in parks, baby-sit your grandchildren, or go for dance classes.