It’s hard to stay motivated, especially if you're at the beginning of your fitness journey.
Here is a list of some tough workout excuses from fitness guru Lee-Anne Wann and how you can beat them.
It’s been a hard day at the office
It’s easier for many people to exercise before work or at lunchtime with friends rather than trying to get some exercise in at night after a long day.
Start your day with exercise as it helps with mood management, increases fat burning and helps with brain function. If this is not possible try scheduling classes after work rather than training by yourself for extra motivation.
I'm too tired/can't be bothered
Use my 10 minute rule. Start some form of exercise or movement aiming to complete only 10 minutes. If you still feel exhausted or tired then stop and leave for the next day. 90% of the time you will want to carry on as energy creates energy.
The hardest part is getting started so having a very small time goal makes it easier to start doing something.
I can't afford/find childcare
Sharing childcare with friends or others while you exercise is a great way to split the cost.
Get 3-4 friends together who are in the same position and have 1 person mind the children while the others exercise and rotate the role every week or exercise session or you could all chip in for one child care minder and split the cost.
I don't feel 100%
Exercise is not always your best option if you are under the weather or feeling a little unwell.Try adding in some extra water and having a green tea with a little coconut oil to see if this will pep you up and give you a little more energy.
Even if it doesn't, water is excellent for the body especially if you are not 100% and green tea and coconut oil provide great antioxidants and boost your immunity.
It’s raining outside
I’m not a fan of training in the rain so I always have 2-3 backup options if the weather is not playing fair.
A home circuit is easy and efficient, using exercises like press ups, squats, lunges, and jumping jacks - none of which need equipment, grab some exercise DVDs (I still love Tracy Anderson's exercise programs for great toning at home), or put on some loud music and dance around the house with the kids or on your own if you're game. Any movement is great movement.
I’m hung over
Start with a good dose of water and a tbsp. of apple cider vinegar to help flush the system out and aim for short and sweet to help the body recover. No you will never feel like doing it but you will love yourself after for it.
Try for 16 mins of interval training on the bike, X-Trainer or walk/runs completing 20 seconds of fast pace followed by 40 seconds slow pace for the entire 16 mins.