Factually, weight loss is 80% nutrition and 20% fitness. While that data is true, I believe that seeing those percentages gives people the green light to diminish the importance of working out.
Science says I could have lost that 100 pounds without ever lifting a dumbbell, but personally I know that fitness gave me the driving force I needed to lose the weight.
2 REASONS FITNESS HELPED ME LOSE WEIGHT:
Fitness releases endorphins, which triggers a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine & opioids. Working out had ya girl feeling happy all day long. Feeling happy increased my desire to work out.
Fitness helped shape & tighten my body. For me, having a toned & muscular body is extremely sexy. While losing weight, my butt flattened & my breast sagged. Increasing my weight lifting rounded my booty back out & noticeably raised my breast. Seeing my arms & legs gaining muscle made me feel so attractive, not to mention became so strong. Just regular, everyday living became easier. I was able to travel up a flight of stairs without feeling like my heart was going to burst.
Fitness may not be the MOST important factor in weight loss, but it is definitely an important factor non the less. So, now that we’ve come into agreement that fitness is important, lets bust up some of those excuses you keep using to not work out.
EXCUSE #1: “I’m too tired.”
Solution: Exercise actually increases your energy. Exercise increases your blood flow which means that your heart is pumping oxygen to your brain, muscles, and tissues faster. Begin with low to moderate intensity exercise. Try walking, biking or yoga. The more you do, the more energy you’ll feel over time.
Solution: Get an exercise partner! A friend can keep you motivated & committed even when you’re too tired. That’s why I started conducting a 6 Day Workout Week Accountability Group every other week.
Solution: Find what time in the day is the most energetic for you & use that time for fitness.
EXCUSE #2: “I can’t afford the gym.”
Solution: No gym? No problem? Make a one time purchase of weights to lift at home, or begin walking & running in the park. You can also utilize YouTube, Instagram & Pinterest to find excellent at home workouts.
EXCUSE #3: “I don’t have time“ or “I’m a full time parent.”
Solution: When you’re busy, you’ll never be able to find time. The reality is that you have to MAKE time. Some activity is better than none. I don’t care if it’s only ten minutes when your baby is taking a nap, then use that ten minutes. Maybe you can cut back on the amount of television you watch or even work out while you’re looking at television. If your kids are young, pop them in the stroller & go for a walk or even do an exercise that they’ll enjoy doing with you, (swimming, bike riding, etc)
EXCUSE #4: “I keep trying, but I can’t stick to a diet/program.”
Solution: Understand that you can accomplish ANYTHING, but set small goals that are realistic & short term. Achieving those small goals will motivate you by showing success.
Solution: Stop attempting drastic diets. If it’s hard for you to be consistent, find a method that allows minimum restriction (slight calorie deficit).
EXCUSE #5: ”I’m too embarressed to workout.”
Solution: If you’re new in the gym remember that everybody was new once. If you don’t know where to start, most gyms offer a free training to new members to help get them started.
Solution: Working out with a friend can help to ease the anxiety and loosen you up so you’ll have more fun during the workout.
Solution: Stop trying to look cute with super tight clothes that show off all the rolls & crevices that you’re embarrassed of. Wear loose & functional clothing so that you can feel comfortable jumping, squatting, lifting, ext. Come with the mindset that you are there to PUT IN WORK, not participate in a runway show.
There will always be a good excuse to why you can’t work out, but like anything else in life, you have to make tome for what’s important. Both nutrition and fitness are essential to a well rounded life of wellness. Don’t sell yourself short. NO MORE EXCUSES!