We truly are the best at convincing ourselves why we shouldn’t workout or eat that chicken breast.
If you’re anything like us and our clients, battling the excuses you come up with is just a normal part of your fitness journey. It’s just most days we are better at convincing ourselves to ignore the excuses.
But on the days your excuses start to sound pretty good, look through this list and coaching advice to help you prevail.
1. I will never be able to look like what I really want.
Your Move: Confidence is hard but believing in yourself is the first step. In any Reign Fitness Program, the first step always starts with truly believing that you can accomplish any one of your goals.
Take time to mentally prepare for the journey ahead of you, set both long term and shorter attainable goals, and the most important thing is to start.
2. I’m stressed out and I need some food ( “Insert your favorite indulgence here”)
Your Move: Bad nutrition choices will stress you out even more and put you a step back from all of last weeks hard work. Instead, keep healthier snack choices that mimic your favorite indulgences around.
Pistachios instead of chips for your salty and crunchy snack.
Try eating an orange rather than candy for a sweet treat.
Also, try to keep your cravings at bay by incorporating strategic and scheduled cheat meals into your program. (warning: cheat meals and frequency should be compliant with your specific goals)
3. I’m too tired to work out after a long day at work.
Your Move: Train in the morning before you get ready for work.
Not only will exercising give you more energy throughout your day, it can steadily boost metabolism, and help you sleep better at night.
4. It’s hard to get started.
Your Move: Once momentum is on your side, there is no stopping you. To get started, find a friend to start working out with, hire a personal trainer, or even signup for something you have to train for like a mud run or half marathon.
The most important thing to do is get started.
5. I don’t have the discipline to follow a strict diet.
Your Move: You don’t need a perfect diet. What you do need is a nutrition program that is progressive and allows you to be successful.
Start with an 80 percent compliant diet that allows for 20 percent wiggle room.
6. I’m too busy to spend a lot of time in the gym.
Your Move: It really is a myth that workouts need to be an hour long in order to be effective. If you don’t believe me just try one of the workouts in the Workout Posts section.
High Intensity Interval Training along with circuit training are just a couple training methods that allow you to maximize your time in the gym.
You can train effectively without spending a lot of time in the gym.
7. I don’t want to give up my lifestyle and social life.
Your Move: You don’t have to completely stop going out to eat or grabbing drinks with friends.
Just make sure to prepare for it by training hard on those days and when you do go out make choices that are more compliant with your diet.
8. I hate going to the gym and working out in public.
Your Move: You don’t have to be in a gym or in public to get a great workout in. We write tons of awesome workouts that you can do right at home. A lot of the workouts we write for you in the blog are also equipment free, meaning all you need is yourself and enough room to do a pushup.
But if you wanted… a simple home gym set up is quite affordable and can be as simple as 1 med ball or 1 kettlebell.
9. Working out and exercising is boring.
Your Move: Start with something that you enjoy doing like hiking, biking, gardening, or even dancing. You never know what you might like until you try it.
When I first started training clients, I heard this one a lot. How much they disliked working out and training up until…
They started seeing real visible results.
Sometimes you have to give it a real fair chance before you decide you don’t like it. Results have a funny way in making working out fun.
10. Gyms, training, workout clothes… All of that is too expensive.
Your Move: You don’t need a gym, personal training, or even workout clothes to start seeing results. You could start in your home, with a free workout from our workout articles section, in jeans and a t shirt and be off to a great start.
Also, switch the 4-5 coffees you buy a week out of your budget and you should have enough money for a gym membership, personal training, or even some dumbbells for your house!
We hope you liked this article!
Do you have any excuses that didn’t make this list? or Do you have any strategies that you use to overcome your excuses?
If so, we would love to hear about it. Just a drop us a comment in the section below or comment on the Reign Fitness & Performance Facebook Page!