Are you making any of these exercise excuses?

Hi Guys

The sun is shining. It’s time to ditch those winter clothes and get out your t-shirts, shorts and skirts. That means it’s time to get out your arms, legs and shoulders. It also means that there’s never been a better time to get in the gym, do some hard work and then show off your new body.

Unless of course, you like making excuses. And believe me; I hear a lot of them.

Here are just two of my favourites. See if you can identify yourselves in either of these…

“I’m too tired to exercise”
Definitely the number one excuse I hear for why people don’t exercise. They come home from work, they flop on the sofa and they “don’t have the energy” to do anything. Instead, they have a big bowl of pasta, two glasses of wine and then wake up feeling sluggish.

Here’s the news – exercise gives you MORE energy. Don’t believe me? Google it.

EVERY bit of scientific research will tell you the same thing; exercise is good for your energy levels. Exercise releases some of the same chemicals that are released when you eat a bar of chocolate or your favourite food. Are you ever too tired to eat those?

Exercise also boosts your metabolism. You immediately feel revitalised and less fatigued. You’ll also be burning lots more calories, so that big bowl of pasta won’t end up being stored around your waistline.

Yes, it’s hard to break a routine. And that first couple of times it may be difficult to get out of bed early, or to drag yourself away from the telly. But believe me, once you’ve done it and you see the results of regular exercise, it won’t be a problem anymore.

That’s the great thing about exercise – you can get results really quickly. It doesn’t take months of slogging away on a treadmill. It takes a couple of hours of proper effort per week and some sensible eating. Is that really too much to ask?

The first time someone says to you “wow, you’ve really lost weight” you’ll feel proud and even more motivated to keep in shape.

“I won’t fit in at a gym”
Where did this myth come from that all gyms are populated by bodybuilders?

It’s crazy.

It’s crazy that people should be put off from improving their health because of a stereotype that’s simply not true. If you’re thinking of joining a gym, then scout around a few of them at the times you’re thinking of training.

Guess what you’ll find? Gyms are full of ordinary people like you and me. People who want to improve the way they look, boost their confidence and feel better about themselves.

They’re definitely NOT bulging with muscles, lifting superhuman weights and staring aggressively at newcomers.

Yes, there are bodybuilders out there. But they often train at specific gyms, away from everyday folk, where they can get their training done with other like-minded enthusiasts.

A good gym should be more of a community; where everyone is welcome, where people are polite and respectful. Where people get to know each other and encourage each other.

And if your gym is not like that, then find a new one. There’s plenty out there.

So there we go. I’ll get down off my high horse now. I just wanted to show you that in truth, excuses are in the mind. There’s nothing to stop anyone – with some good advice – from being fit and healthy, and changing their physique.

Want to make changes?
At Absolute PT we champion High Intensity Interval Training (H.I.I.T) as a means of blasting away fat. Forget boring slogs on the treadmill, this is an exciting, scientifically-proven method to burn away TWICE as much fat in HALF the time.

If you want any advice, then give me a shout at tony.stacey@absolutept.co.uk or visit our facebook page. It’s full of free hints and tips to help you get in shape.

Take it easy,
Tony

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