LYNNIS WOODS: How to Overcome “the I don’t have enough time” and Other Excuses to Not Exercise

sac-button-lynnisOPINION – As a health and wellness coach I have had clients who struggle with staying motivated to exercise. Granted exercise is not always the most favorite thing to do but it is necessary and can ultimately save you from a life of chronic disease and other health difficulties. Frankly, we have to constantly “re-sell ourselves” on the necessity to have a regular workout regime  and overcome the following objections.


“I don’t have enough time”

True. Time is a factor. So rather than working out a full thirty minutes at a time. What if I break my workout up in 10 minute increments? According the American Fitness Council it is perfectly acceptable to break up your workout.  Your body will get the same benefits and it is definitely better than not working out at all.


” I’m too sore”

True. Soreness can be a real pain in the butt. But did you know if you stop working out because you are sore you will just get even more sore? Workout anyway and push through your soreness. Before you go to bed each night soak in dead sea salts or Epsom salts, this will do wonders for soreness. Use essential oils that help relieve soreness. I use Fiscal Therapy Essential Oil it truly works! Increase your water (12 to 24 ounces for each hour of workout), eat protein within two hours of workout to help muscles repair themselves (Quinoa is a great source of protein and low on calories)


“I am bored with my workout”

True. Doing the same workout everyday is very boring after awhile. So …switch it up! Try doing your workout three times a week, then add a walking or running day and perhaps some other movement like dancing, Zumba, working with weights, swimming, riding a bicycle,etc…


“I am too tired and I have no energy!”

True. There are days when we are just to tired to move. Believe me I have been there. But when I look at the alternative of missing a day and therefore making it a bit harder to reach my goal I make another choice. I drink cup of ice coffee, or drink 8 ounces of water, or perhaps splash cold water on my face and go for doing at least five minutes of my workout. Next thing I know I have a bit more energy and I am ready to finish the next few minutes of my routine!


“I am not getting any results”

True. Sometimes we don’t get the results we want…right away.  Look at it this way, it took some time to get out of shape and it is going to take some time get back in shape. Be kind to yourself. Remember that it is important to get fit and loose weight gradually.  Set realistic goals for yourself and be prepared to have some periods during your journey when you might hit a plateau.  That is okay, it is part of the process. Your body is making adjustments and after awhile you will start to see the results of your hard work.  Vary your workout routine, keep to your schedule, make sure your diet is healthy – low in fat, high in protein, and drink plenty of water.