It’s hard to stay in shape when you’ve got a 9-6 job, a comfy couch and a satchel bag full of excuses.
But the benefits of regular exercise outweigh whatever excuses you might have to couch potato it out after work.
Excuse #1: No energy after work
Many people complain that they have no energy to workout -not realizing that exercise is the cure to lethargy.
When you exercise, you experience improved circulation. This means that your blood does a more efficient job at carrying oxygen throughout your body -which results in more energy being created. That’s why active people usually feel more energetic than those who have sedentary lifestyles.
Still don’t feel up to it? Well, suck it up! Push yourself to do at least 10 minutes of aerobic (cardio) or even anaerobic (strength training) activity. Even just 10 minutes of exercise a day can do amazing things for your body.
Excuse #2: I can’t afford a gym membership
You don’t need a gym membership to workout. You don’t even need weights or workout equipment. Sure, these things help. But what’s more important is that you learn how to help yourself. It’s not hard to look for workouts on Google or YouTube.
Excuse #3: It’s hopeless! I’ll never get the body I want
First of all, feeling sorry for yourself isn’t going to help you become who you want to be. You have to work for what you want. So get to it!
Excuse #4: I have no time
This is by far the weakest excuse. You have time to laze in the couch, but you don’t have time to workout? That’s ridiculous. If you don’t have time, you make time.
As mentioned earlier, all you need to start off with is 10 minutes. You can sneak a workout in when you get home or even at the office. There are lots of ways to stay active. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Walk rather than drive to a restaurant when you go out for lunch with your colleagues. Do tricep dips at your cubicle or squats in the bathroom. Do it today. Do it right now. You’ll be happy you did.
Excuse #5: I’ve got too much work to do
Your job is important, but so are you. Practicing proper time management and discipline will allow you to stay on top of things at work, while staying in tip top shape at the same time. Learn how to multitask. Sometimes working out helps you find solutions for problems you have at work. It’s the time your mind is clear, so use it to your advantage.
So what if you don’t have the energy? So what if you don’t have the best running shoes in the market? So what if you don’t have experience? You have all you need: a pair of legs for running and a pair of arms for lifting. Some people have less than that, but they make do. So be grateful for the body you’ve got, and show your gratitude by taking care of it.
What are you waiting for?