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.