When you find yourself trying without success to build a workout habit, it means there’s something not working with the approach that you’re using.
And while this is stating the obvious, it needs to be said because a lot of time coaches encourage you to shove your excuses aside with the “no excuses” mantra. But I bet you’ve tried that numerous times, and that hasn’t worked.
So today I want to invite you to embrace your excuses and actually use them to start working out consistently.
How? By using the information they’re telling you.
Here are the top four excuses that I’ve heard as to why it’s almost impossible to be consistent with workouts.
And with each excuse, I help you start to listen to what these excuses really mean so you can turn that excuse into fuel for your new “lean & fit body creating” workout habit
#1 “I don’t have time to exercise”
This is a very valid excuse. There are a million and one things on your to do list that need to get done.
But on the other hand, when I hear this, I hear “I don’t have time to workout like I think I ‘should.’”
There’s this idea that for a workout to count you need to do it for hours, or do it at a gym, or do it with equipment. But to be honest my love, all you need to do is do it.
So if you don’t have time for an hour long run on the treadmill, what do you have time for?
A 10 minute YouTube video? A 30-minute workout? Or can you barely squeeze in 20 minutes?
Don’t let how little time you have is faze you.
Start with what you can even if it’s 5 minutes because the 5 minute workout that you do is so much more beneficial than the 60 minute session that you wish you could do.
#2 “I can’t workout in the morning (or afternoon) (or night)”
That’s great, so when can you workout? There’s really no magical time to workout.
So if you can’t workout in the morning, can you find time at lunch? How about after work before dinner? Or after dinner?
P.S. It’s okay if your workouts aren’t the same time each day either. Maybe morning workouts are best for you on Mondays, but Tuesday and Thursday workouts are better done after dinner.
It’s your workout and it’s your lifestyle that you’re trying to fit it into, so make it work for you.
#3 “I don’t have access to a gym”
This one is very common, and the truth is you don’t need a gym membership to get a good workout in.
So if you don’t have access to a gym, can you find a local outdoor group exercise class? How about working out at home? Have you explored that option?
Consider not having a gym membership as a fact of life and not an obstacle to your desire for a consistent workout habit that’ll help you lose the weight and keep it off.
The clients I work with never need a gym membership to do any one of the workouts I prescribe for them, so I know it’s possible to get results without it.
#4 “I don’t have the equipment I need”
This is the natural next excuse after the gym membership one has been obliterated. Because the natural next thought is “if I don’t have a gym, I must need equipment to do the same workouts at home right?”
It’s one more way for your mind to throw in a roadblock. And it doesn’t help that a lot of workout videos you see do require some equipment.
But the answer to that is “only if you want to.”
Your body weight can help you do some pretty amazing exercise variations.
So if you can get a mat or any other non-slip surface (your carpet for instance) in an area of your house that’s a little bigger than your height and width lying down, you’ve got everything you need.
Starting on Sunday, September 17th, I’m hosting a free 7-day workout challenge to help you break through these excuses and start getting consistent with your workouts
It’s called the 4 in 7 Workout Challenge. And over the course of 7 days, I’ll guide you to complete 4 accessible, yet intense, “no equipment needed” workouts and bust through your excuses!!!
By the end of this challenge, you’ll…
- Inconsistent with your workouts
- Confused about what to do when you do show up
- And not confident in your ability to make a workout habit stick
- Consistent with your workouts to get the weight loss results you crave
- Certain that you have a plan to burn major calories at each workout
- Being doubt-free about your ability to be the fit and lean person that can get stronger, lose the weight, and keep it off!
It’s going to be a fun challenge plus you get a shot at winning Four additional Full-Length Workouts to keep the consistency you start (a $198 value yours…FREE!).
It’s going to be epic, and I hope to see you there… Click here to sign up.
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