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My most common excuses not to workout

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Today is another blogging assignment from Spark Coach to blog about our most common workout excuses and counter them.

I guess I have three most common excuses: I don't have time, I'm too tired or not feeling up to it today, or I'm bored with doing the same thing everyday. I also have one trap I have to be careful to avoid and that is only doing cardio. I love to walk, and that is easy for me to do, but the strengthening exercises are also important.

It is really easy to feel too busy to work out. That is why I really like the 10-minute a day philosophy. If I choose a short workout, (which is usually what I do choose), I can get it done, and then be on with my day. Later I supplement it by taking my dog for a walk. I have been surpassing my 90-minutes a week goal easily for over six months. I have been working on breaking up some of my favorite exercise routines into smaller segments, and that seems to help me fit them in more regularly.

The too tired or not feeling good excuse is a big one in my life, and I am trying to work better sleep habits to help this, but the exercise helps too. As I have been exercising more consistently, I have found that it helps me to feel better, be less tired, and sleep better. Plus it is a great help in warding off depression--I think it works better than anti-depressants. Again, the best thing is to keep short commitments instead of trying for longer blocks of exercise.

The boredom is huge with me. I like variety. A few things that have helped is trying the exercise to different music or while watching the news. I also like to shake up my routine. I have loved that Sparkpeople has so many different videos available to try, and I have tried lots of different things. I did the exercise personality quiz and found that I have a definite bent towards liking dance type exercises, and reflective things like yoga and Thai-chi, That has actually helped me enjoy my exercise much more by choosing things that match my style. Sometimes I also like to do jump rope, hula hoop, and cardio dancing to keep things fresh and exciting, or walk a new route. All of those things help.

I am finding that I enjoy exercise a lot more, and it is easier for me to do since I have been experimenting to find things that match my own style and needs.
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    1813 days ago
    I love your open, honest reflection. You are really growing!
    1817 days ago
    Changing up your exercise routine is really smart. It usually uses a different set of muscles for a more all over strengthening and toning effect. It's great to know what you enjoy so you can narrow down all your options to what you know you should enjoy. Have a great week!
    1819 days ago
    Yup, I have a million excuses, too!

    The best way to get something done, is to begin. If I just do 10 pushups, I usually feel like working out more.
    Or, if I must watch TV, I work out during the commercials. Squats are one of my favorites and you really feel it, by the end of the show!

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    1819 days ago
    emoticon emoticon Thanks for sharing honestly
    1819 days ago
    Sounds to me like you've got a decent handle on your excuses and are moving in a positive direction! Keep up the good work!

    1819 days ago
    I have all of the same excuses you have! I hope we both find ways to overcome them.
    1819 days ago
    I have the boredom problem too. I help that by listening to audio books on my iPhone while I exercise and no matter how good or riveting the book, I can only listen to it while exercise. Right now, I'm listening to Laura Moriarty's The Chaperone. It's a good book that was recommended to me. I recently listened to Defending Jacob, and a new John Grisham book.

    There are still times when I feel I really don't want to exercise, but the books really do help me.
    1819 days ago
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