You know it’s so important for your health, yet you choose to ignore it. People these days wish for a perfectly shaped body like a lottery ticket which apparently everybody wants to have without doing the handwork and sacrifice.
Believe it or not, we have the lamest excuses when it comes to ignoring our work out. But then there is a solution to every problem in life. Since these excuses are not as serious as we think, therefore, we are going to encourage you to go to the gym with solutions that would cater to your excuses specifically.
So, let’s get down to work and see how can you really get the motivation for exercise when it is the last thing you would want to do.
Excuse #1 – “I don’t have the time to exercise.”
The truth is you have a lot of time, it all depends on your intentions.
Each week has 168 hours in it and according to a standard routine of 8 hours sleep and with 8 hours for work then you spend 56 hours on sleeping in total and 50 on work. Subtracting that you’re left with 62 hours which is easy enough to make time for exercise.
If you really wish to get in shape and be healthy, then you first have to make exercise your top priority mentally. Once your mind is ready for it then it is all about putting it in your physical schedule a week before and just follow it by all means. With this, you’ll also be following your workout routine like appointments.
Excuse #2 – “I’m just so comfortable at home right now; I’ll start exercising next week.”
Think about the result of your actions in the future.
We humans constantly struggle in the battle of present and future with both of them having their own perks. There will always be things which might feel good in present but they would not be beneficial for your future at all and an important example of it is exercise.
“The present self is present. It’s in control. It has these strong, heroic arms that can lift donuts into your mouth. The future self is not even around, and so the present self can trounce all over its dreams.” Microsoft Research behavioral economist Dan Goldstein.
You can break through your comfort zone by imagining yourself in the future. A scenario in which if you don’t exercise and take care of your health now, would you be able to afford medical bills at the age of 30? Would you like to be the fat old uncle sitting on a chair counting days of life or be young and energetic for as long as you’re alive?
Excuse #3 – “I’d much rather listen to This American Life/watch Netflix/catch up on the news/read Elena Ferrante than go work out.”
Well, you can do both of these things together.
Sometimes what you think is just all in your head. While exercising is a healthy activity, you can even do that by listening to your favorite songs, podcasts or watch TV shows. In fact, to do it in a better way, you should make a rule that you would only consume your favorite stories only while doing the exercise. Once it becomes a routine, this would always motivate you to exercise more then.
In an experiment by a behavioral scientist of Wharton School of Business, Katherine Milkman, she took participants who wanted to exercise more in their lives. After that half of the participants were given iPods loaded with absorbing audiobooks (like The DaVinci Code or The Hunger Games) which they could listen only at the gym; whereas the other half was offered valued gift certificates. When the result came out, the group which had audio books did more exercise.
Excuse #4 – “I feel like I’m out of shape, and I dread going to the gym with all those workout fanatics staring at me.”
People will judge anyways but they will also appreciate you one day.
Unfortunately, we live in a society where being fat is often not preferred or ignored completely. This eventually leads up to more pressure on people who join the gym just for the sake of achieving that ideal figure for more acceptance. But such intentions will never motivate you to improve.
So the best way is to go to the gym is with an aim that you want to get in better shape for yourself. Improving your physical health would eventually result into so many opportunities and things which might not have been possible for you before.
“Reclaiming yourself can be one of the most gorgeous acts of self-love and can look like a million different things, from hairstyles to tattoos to body contouring to hormones to surgery and, yes, even weight loss.” says activist and artist Kelli Jean Drinkwater.
Excuse #5 – “When I think about working out, I picture myself panting, red-faced and in pain, so I find something else to do.”
Close your eyes before the workout and imagine yourself as a top athlete.
Engage yourself in imagery – a mental rehearsal of what you are going to achieve. Hagger talks about Croatian high jump champ Blanka Vlašić, saying, “She was very famous for going through the same performance routine prior to a competition. She’d close her eyes, visualize a successful jump, clap her hands rhythmically. That would boost both her motivation and her confidence.”
Of course, you are not going to jump that high neither should you even try. But, this can turn out to be a great gear to motivate you. For example, if you’re about to run, close your eyes before starting and imagine what landmarks will you pass? What kind of obstacles will you have to overcome? Where will you end your run? Once you’re done picturing yourself fast forward, then take one last breath, open your eyes and shoot for it.