You know the drill, right? List every possible explanation for why you’re chronically — cough…cough — allergic to the “E” word, and maybe…just maybe…you’ll feel justified bumming it on the couch all weekend.
Hey, who am I to judge? I love an occasional lazy Saturday too. But, this “exercise allergy” business?
Yeaaaah. I’m gonna have to call that bluff.
So, allow me to debunk some classic fitness fallacies and how they may be keeping you from realizing your full physical potential.
Excuse #1: I don’t have enough time to work out.
Reality: If you simply devote 1 hour each day to engaging in some type of physical activity, you’ll still have 23 hours remaining.
Excuse #2: I feel dirty and disgusting when I sweat.
Reality: Sure, you’ll have to make a date with the shower afterward, but sweating cleanses pores and flushes out bodily toxins.
Excuse #3: I might bulk up instead of toning up.
Reality: While strength training does build substantial muscle mass, it also sculpts one hell of a lean, mean physique.
Excuse #4: I can’t afford a fancy gym membership.
Reality: If you can move around, you can whip that booty into shape, whether at home, outdoors, or in a fitness center.
Excuse #5: I am way too insecure about how I look.
Reality: Don’t let shame keep you out of the game ’cause every body type and size deserves to feel the health benefits of exercise.
Excuse #6: I already eat clean, so that should be enough.
Reality: Props on choosing wholesome nutrition over fast food, but diet alone can’t compensate for zero physical activity.
Excuse #7: I get bored easily while working out.
Reality: If your exercise routine is mind-numbingly repetitive, try something high energy, like Zumba, or zen, like Yoga.
Excuse #8: I kinda sorta enjoy Netflix too much.
Reality: There’s no law that bans you from working out and getting your Orange Is the New Black fix at the same time.
Excuse #9: I always feel so physically drained.
Reality: The toughest part is willing yourself to begin, but once you do, endorphins are guaranteed to power you through.
Excuse #10: I just haven’t seen any positive results yet.
Reality: Muscle definition takes approximately 4-8 weeks to develop, so think of this process as a marathon, not a sprint.
So, armed with this knowledge, go unleash your inner #BeastMode. I know it’s there.
But, more importantly: So. Do. You.