So, I've been wicked bloated lately, and I've significantly amped up my workout. Now, I'm sitting with my computer open and a Shape magazine at my side, thinking about why I ever waited. I realize why: I was embarassed/didn't have time/had EXCUSES. Here are my top three, and my defending arguments to why they're bullshit.
1. I was embarassed
This is particularly ridiculous. A few times, I had been working out, and someone walked in and laughed. Why did they laugh? Probably to defract their own embarassment onto me. If you're in this same situation, respond with "Would you like to join me?" Whoever laughs will either join you, walk away, or say no. Just remember: even if you're doing an exercise incorrectly, or are panting away, YOU'RE the one taking care of yourself, not them. They should be ashamed, not you. Damn, that sounds harsh.
2. I didn't have time
This one has an easy counter argument. You need to be fit more than you need to watch a movie, or drink a bottle of wine with your girlfriends, or read that suspenseful book. There will always be time later for that. But if you have enough time to watch that TV show or read that book or knit that scarf, then you have enough time to dedicate to yourself. You need the calming time. I sometimes use my computer/tv time by watching a yoga video and doing a twenty minute yoga session in my kitchen or living room. And your family may think it's ridiculous, but use the steps in tip 1 to shut them up.
3. My priorities were mixed up
This one relates to the second, and is all up to you. I like to look at it this way: would I rather be healthy and productive, or would I rather eat that cupcake and watch that movie? You unfortunately (most of the time) can't pick both. Like I said, it's up to you. Some people do value movies and junk food over working out and eating right, and that's OKAY. Do not pressure yourself. That's the beauty of life; you get to choose what you want to do. I'd rather be on my feet and out doing things all the time, but some people would rather stay home. I still give those people upmost respect. If there's one thing I've learned throughout my life, it's that you can't make people's descions for them, so you should just try to support the positive in the one's they make. If you're happy, eat that cupcake. You go Glen Coco!
4. I didn't have the right space or equiptment
This one was such a big turnoff for me. I bounce between two houses every week, and let me tell you, it isn't always easy. I've exercised in my office, my living room, my bedroom, my brother's bedroom, my living room, my front yard, and my kitchen. People think setting is so important, when really, it isn't. If you have enough floor space for a yoga mat, then you can do almost anything. If you don't, then you may have a serious problem. Clean out your house, girl!
5. Everything is just so unengaging/time consuming/routine/bleh
No! Do not fall victim to this un-motivator! You have to test everything and see what you like. Take your first week of working out: Monday, yoga. Tuesday, zumba. Wednesday, running. Thursday, swimming. Friday, crossfit. Now look at all these and decide which one was most fun, and most convienient. If you weren't pleased with any of them, keep testing. You WILL find something you enjoy doing. Then, if you realize you love it a lot, buy the equiptment. Borrow from friends if you need to. Sometimes, I do situps and crunches and stuff while blasting music and watching tv. Just the other day I was watching Pirates of the Carribean while getting my sweat on. I know I said you can't do both, but sometimes, the timing is right, and you can. I also takes my dogs for runs and just let them lead me. That way, it's never quite the same as the last time. Mix it up constantly. I do a certain number of reps every day, but I switch moves on a regular basis, just making sure they hit the same target areas. Whatever it takes to get you off the couch!
My additional tip: When I first began, I had a workout buddy. Unfortunately, she was not dedicated, and I stopped when she did. It took the most horrific breakup of my life to get me on my feet again. Moral of the story: workout buddies are not always successful. If they skip a day (which you really shouldn't do!), you'll want to as well. Don't do it man! You go Glen Coco!
"Once you see results, you get addicted."
I'm not sure who said that quote, but boy, were they right! What are some of your favorite workouts?