The Most Common Exercise Excuses We Need Stop Making in 2018

The Most Common Exercise Excuses You Need Stop Making in 2018

Did you come up with some goals for 2018? It’s the 1st of the year, and you have to hold yourself accountable. No excuses! Perhaps you promised yourself that you'd live a healthier lifestyle by eating more healthy, more plant-based or by incorporating more cardio or a weight routine into your workouts?

My goal this year is to have a get back into a cross-training routine. I want to be able to do pull-ups and be a tad bit more healthy. These are all realistic and reachable goals; It is the getting their part that is a challenge.  BUT I have a plan and mini goals along the way to accomplish to achieve my big picture goals.

You see, to reach your goals, you need to stop making excuses. I and you both are guilty of them. And, believe me...I know this all too well. I know for my own goals, excuses aren't going to get me the results I want. Even when I'm the most tired and sore, I have to push myself not to let my excuse overshadow my goals, especially in the winter months when sitting at home watching Netflix with a cozy cup of hot chocolate might seem much more appealing.

I'm sure that you've used one of these excuses to NOT exercise:

  1. I’m tired.
  2. I’m hungry.
  3. I’m full.
  4. It’s too hot out.
  5. It’s too cold out.
  6. It’s raining.
  7. It’s Friday.
  8. It’s Monday.
  9. It’s too expensive.
  10. I need to lose weight before I can exercise.
  11. I don’t know what to do when I get to the gym.
  12. Everyone will laugh at me.
  13. I hate going alone.
  14. I'm too busy.

Most of these might sound a bit silly, but I’ve heard every single one of them. Without a doubt, each of us could add to this list as well.

 

 

Valerie Fidan

Valerie is a San Francisco native who gave up the comforts of home to travel the world continuously. Now based in Portland, OR, Valerie is a Social Media Marketing Consultant, helping solo entrepreneurs and small business owners DIY their social media by teaching them the in’s and out’s of SMM. She enjoys health hacking recipes, a good cocktail, yoga, hikes, live shows, puns & dad jokes.

Jetting Off For A Vaycay? Here Are 10 Ways To #StayFit When You're #Traveling

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I’ve made exercise a consistent habit in my life. I’m one of those people that consistent has to be moving and doing something. When in San Francisco that meant feeding my SoulCycle addiction 3-4 times per week and keeping balanced with yoga 4-5 times a week, with the occasional throwing in a Bikram session or pilates reformer session. In Portland, boxing, sculpt yoga and megaformer classes have been my go-to. And, even while we traveled around as digital nomads, my husband Gregg and I managed to keep a routine beyond the ridiculous amount of walking we did on any given day. But, I get it…

Keeping fit while traveling can be difficult if not an impossible task to manage. Especially if you are traveling for work, the demands of a busy schedule, rushing around from place to place, can leave you with absolutely no time to keep up your regular exercise program. Staying in shape relies on one major factor-consistency. Consistency in what you eat and consistency in your fitness program will ensure that you keep fit and healthy all the time. But what happens when you are on the move all the time?

Traveling for pleasure is also a difficult time to keep up the fitness regime. A glass of wine and a nice juicy burger seems much more attractive than trying to find yourself a safe and appropriate place to exercise in a foreign city.

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1. HAVE THE RIGHT MINDSET

Working out while traveling can be easy, but only if you have the right mindset. Leaving with only vague ideas about exercise will give you every opportunity to make excuses when exhaustion, stress, and responsibilities start piling up. Instead, plan ahead. Pack workout clothes and shoes and research your destination to learn about your hotel’s gym access or other opportunities to exercise in the area. Exercising doesn’t need to be an elaborate, exhaustive process, especially when you’re on the road. Even doing something simple make a difference for your overall health.

2. SCOPE OUT THE FITNESS SCENE

In almost any location you visit, you’ll be bound to find a yoga studio, a gym or studio. With apps like ClassPass, it makes it easy to find studios near you!

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3. PACK THE RIGHT TOOLS

Obviously you can skip the dumbbells, but there’s plenty of light equipment you can bring with you. Your best bet is a jump rope. You burn the most calories per minute with jump rope than with any other cardio. Other feather-light options to toss in your suitcase are resistance bands, and in a pinch, water bottles make decent hand weights.

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4. STAY ACTIVE

Whether it’s biking around town, walking over taking a cab or going for a hike, I like to stay active. Finding ways to stay active is important. Choosing to walk or bike over taking a cab or metro is great exercise and a great way to explore and see a city. From swimming at the beach or hotel pool to running – the list is endless.

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5. WORKOUT ANYWHERE

With online services like Barre3 or Physice57, they allow you to workout virtually anywhere and maintain a practice from where ever. And, of course, there is Instagram! There are so many fitness babes on there to get workouts from. My favorite is Tara Laferrara of @Lafitara!

6. EXERCISE FIRST THING IN THE MORNING

When we are on vacation or traveling it is even easier to let ourselves give excuses as to why we can’t exercise. This is especially true as we get later in the day; stuff happens, things come up and fun times appear spontaneously.Exercising in the morning will have you feeling unbelievably better about being done with your exercise and ready to move on with the days’ adventures, trust me.

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7. TONE IT UP WITH YOUTUBE

Tone It Up is the brainchild of best friends Katrina Scott and Karena Dawn — two adorable, super-fit trainers (whom I wish I was friends with), started out filming their workouts on the beaches of Southern California and posting them on YouTube. Today, Tone It Up is a multi-million dollar fitness empire that includes everything from a nutrition plan to workout DVDs, to protein powders, to a reality show on Bravo. Staying fit while traveling with Tone It Up is so simple. You can use the videos on YouTube or Subscribe to their newsletter that includes a monthly workout plan — all for free. The best part is that you can work out in the comfort of your hotel room and use furniture as props.

8. STAY MOTIVATED

I’m a big fan of informative and motivating email newsletters. With most of my reading falling under technology, travel, and culture; Mind Body Green is an encouraging resource for health, fitness, and lifestyle content that changes up my regular literary intake. The newsletters offer great advice on diet and nutrition; fitness routines; and lifestyle changes (habit techniques, meditation, and positive thinking). I particularly like this letter because it’s clean and nicely organized, and it’s right to the point which makes for a quick skim when you’ve got a big day of reading, sightseeing and exploring.

9. HOTEL GYM SCENE

When booking your business or holiday accommodation, find out if they have a gym on the premises. Many of the upmarket hotels have a spa and a fully kitted out gym as a standard addition, and you will not have to travel anywhere to fit your exercise regime into your day and keeping fit will be easier than ever, because apart from completely different scenery, you can still keep some of your daily routine intact.

10. STAY COMMITTED

If you are on an extended trip away from your home, stay focused and committed to staying in shape. Try and remember all the hard work that you have put in before you left home and even though you may not be able to continue the high pace of your workouts away from home, try and implement a steady maintenance work out for keeping fit. Take the stairs, avoid the lift, get your taxi to drop you off a few blocks from the office or your hotel and walk the rest of the way. If you are committed, you will find it easier to maintain your focus.

How do you keep fit while traveling?

A New Way to Exercise and Have Fun

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A New Way to Exercise and Have Fun with Fitness Bingo

Other than the usual house parties and community events, bingo’s flexibility spans almost all aspects of life. You’ve got themed variants such as horse race bingo, beach blanket bingo, and punk rock bingo. This popular pastime even successfully penetrated the worldwide web with a bevvy of online gaming modifications. In short, the classic tabletop game’s appeal and adaptability is sensed everywhere, including physical activities like workouts and group exercises.

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A while back we wrote about the most common exercise excuses and inspire you to start exercising. In light of this, you can take your routines up a notch by incorporating more fun in your workouts so you won’t have any more reasons to skip Tuesday’s leg day.

Fitness Bingo combines two equally rewarding ventures into one entertaining method. You’ve probably heard about the somewhat intimidating practices of CrossFit and High-Intensity Interval Training, but this exercise variant veers away from these without losing positive outcomes. It simply adds the amusement factor to a physically demanding group activity.

Starting Fitness Bingo is easy. You have to produce cards with different fitness exercises, instead of numbers and letters, inside each square. Part of the pleasures of making these cards is you get to customize and put your own spin to it. On the other hand, if you’re too pressed for time, you can enlist the help of quirky websites like MyFreeBingoCards.com. Also, you should sync these cards with the same exercises listed on an app called Spin It. Use this app every session to select a movement at random, before performing and crossing out the corresponding workout box. A set ends once someone shades the selected pattern. This is just a simple proof of how Fitness Bingo can be a vehicle toward physical and emotional wellness, as well as an avenue for people to see a different side of the game. In addition, it also reflects the charm and the evolution of this iconic game.

Bingo has a timeless influence that draws generation to generation. It mixes the old with the new to adjust to the ever-changing needs of people. Similar to the abovementioned CrossFit and HIIT, bingo injected new life by going to the online route. As a way to attract the modern age players, gaming companies provided a range of convenient options so anyone can play anytime, anywhere. These firms have even designed these games in such a way that it features a stunning façade. Gala Bingo, a gaming company based in the UK, integrates themes such as British Royalty, Amazonian Forest, and 80s Club Scene to cover players of all ages and interests. With this, the game effectively continues to withstand the test of time.

To sum everything up, working out and playing bingo may be in opposite sides of the world. You can even say that these two are parallel with each other, offering no common denominator. However, if you look at them from a technological and beneficial standpoint, you can see that fitness and bingo share the feeling of an optimistic result.