"I hate exercising!"
"I'm too tired!"
"I'm too busy!"
"I'm too fat!"
"I'm too old!"
"My health isn't good enough!"
"I have an injury!"
"I'm already thin!"
"I am too stressed!"
It is easy to devise excuses not to exercise, and you may quickly find yourself demotivated, but there are solutions, whether it's lack of time or energy or fear of the gym. Make exercise something you look forward to rather than something you dread or feel like a chore with these easy tips.
Exercising has many benefits for your physical and mental health (it reduces stress, increases energy, helps you sleep better, and changes your overall mood). However, if knowing how and what exercising does to your body only helped, we would all be fit! That's why making exercise a habit starts with a shift in your mindset.
Spending hours at the gym on your first day back is not the way to go: It will hurt your body and cause soreness and injury. Instead, start slow and give your body time to adjust to the new workload, then increase it gradually. Integrating physical activity into your week can affect your mental and physical health.
So it's been days you have been dieting, and your weight is stagnating? Don't beat yourself up, body-shame yourself, or push yourself too hard. You are doing your part, and with your current fitness level, it takes a bit of time and willpower to get things kicking in and start seeing results. Don't let that demotivate you; instead, start looking at your unhealthy choices as opportunities. The mistake we all fall into is that we expect too much, too soon, which leads to frustration: you didn't get out of shape overnight, and your body won't be fit again overnight. Focus on consistency; your body will follow along while your mental health and mood improve.
Did you know that you could gain up to 5 kgs in one year because of stress?
Most of your excuses are in your mind; let's take a few, for example:
"I hate exercising!": look into an activity that doesn't feel like exercise, go dancing, take a walk by the beach or a stroll in the park, go window-shopping at the mall, or go biking with a friend!
"I'm too tired!": don't we all have this one? It may sound untenable, but physical activity can reduce fatigue and boost energy levels long-term. Getting to the gym or up to exercise is the hardest part, but once there, you'll feel an energy kick. The more you are consistent, the more energized, refreshed, and alert you will always be.
"I'm too busy!": It's all about priorities. You don't need a full hour of intensive workout; instead, you can squeeze in 5 to 15 minutes daily, making a difference. For extra benefits, try to get moving during the weekend.
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