I’m guilty of making excuses, over and over…
The weather is bad.
I don’t want to deal with rush hour traffic.
I’m too tired—rest is important, too!
I can start fresh tomorrow.
I’m too busy.
I need to clean my house—I can’t deal with anything else until that is straightened out.
Working out consistently has been a constant struggle for me on this journey. But I’ve learned a few things throughout this struggle. Perhaps the most importnat thing I’ve learned? Don’t pay attention to what anyone else is doing. Fit your workout to you.
For example, I know that if I don’t get up for a morning workout, I’m going to struggle to work out after work. I’ll make one of the above excuses and have little problem convincing myself it’s valid. And then one day of skipping turns into an entire week. And then I start making bad food choices. And then the guilt sets in. And then I’m screwed. It’s a vicious cycle and a very real problem, friends. One I’ve been stuck in for quite some time.
But if I drag my behind to the gym at the crack of dawn, even if it’s for a super quick, half-assed workout, that small action sets the tone for my entire day: I make healthier choices across the board, I’m happy, have more energy, and I’m even more prone/inspired to knock out a second workout after work. And the pride I feel in that successful day makes it that much easier to roll it all into the next day, and then the next day…
So, my point is do what works for you, but do something. We think that we have to be perfect, or perform in a certain way to be successful. We have to follow this person’s example, workout for this many minutes because Betty Bootcamp did. But, no, you don’t.
Just get up and move. Try new, fun things. Fail at them and try something else. If you can’t stand the treadmill, as most of us can’t, screw up the courage to hit a group class at your gym. Or, weather permitting, get outside. Put your headphones, sunglasses, and hat on and you can pretend the world doesn’t exist (not to mention the vitamin D and overall mental health boost you’ll get from all that sunshine soaked, chirping bird beauty). If you aren’t feeling the work out you’ve got scheduled, switch it up to something that does seem fun—even if you’re going to burn less calories or exert yourself less. Just move more and do what fits with your mood, your day, your schedule.
Make the most with what you have where you are.