Demystifying Workout Excuses
Guest Post: by Sarah Mayo of Sarah Mayo Health and Fitness
“I just don’t have time!”
“I’m just so tired. I don’t feel like I have the energy.”
“I’ve had such a long day- that’s the last thing I want to do when I get home.”
“I’m not a morning person, and that’s the only free time I would have.”
“The cost is just too expensive.”
“I feel guilty taking time away from my kids to do something for myself.”
Excuses. Reasoning. Justification. Call it what you will, but as moms, I am sure we have used them all. I know I have at one time or another. But the truth is, they aren’t true. At least not all of them. But somehow, we find ways to talk ourselves out of doing what we know we need to, and this is the way it plays out. I don’t claim to know every mom in the world- her schedule, her triumphs, her strengths or insecurities. But I do know what mine are and these excuses used to own me, define me, shape me. BUT… they don’t have to and here’s why…
“I just don’t have time!” False- chances are you do have time, you just have to prioritize your time. If you have time to scroll Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram, you have time. If you have time to watch re-runs of The Office on the CW or browse Netflix for something to watch, you have time. I know these things are mindless, and relaxing, and fun- but they all take time- time that could be used to do a workout, go for a walk, run, ride a bike. It’s a matter of making time, and shifting your priorities. If you want it bad enough, you will make time. Even if it’s just 30 minutes a day; that’s one re-run of The Office, and you’re done!
“I’m just so tired. I don’t feel like I have the energy.” Maybe that’s true- this one used to be my motto. Being a mom of twins, I have spent the last four years in a state of perpetual exhaustion. But once I started making time to exercise, I noticed my energy increased. It was a positive cycle wherein the more I exercised, the more energy I had to exercise, which led to more energy to keep up with it. Before too long, you make a habit out of it, and energy is your middle name!
“I’ve had such a long day- that’s the last thing I want to do when I get home.” I know this is true for so many mommas. You’re home from work, or it’s been one of “those” days, you just want to have a glass of wine and decompress. I get it. But have you heard of these awesome things called endorphins? They are a result of exercise and getting your blood pumping and they are found to make you happier, make you feel good, give you pleasure! Wait, what?! Exercise and pleasure do not go together for many, but really- it’s true. Muster up the effort, get active, and you will feel better having done so. You only regret the workouts you didn’t do!
“I’m not a morning person, and that’s the only free time I would have.” Mornings are not easy for many, but it’s true that for a lot of moms they are the only uninterrupted time to get active. What would it take to go to bed a half hour earlier to wake up a half hour earlier? 30 minutes- you can fit in a great workout in 30 minutes. Granted, it may mean getting up at 5:30am instead of 6:00, which does look intimidating, but it sets the precedent for your whole day. You’ll feel accomplished, energized, have perked up your metabolism, and the rest of the day you won’t have to worry about getting your workout in. I know a lot of moms who swear by their early morning workouts because of how positively they affect their day.
“The cost is just too expensive.” True- gym dues can be outrageous! You pay to use the facility, but in many cases you have to pay additionally for child care. And the gas to drive there. And cute workout clothes so you feel like you “belong” there. A lot of money later, you’re right- it is too expensive. This is exactly why I prefer to workout at home. I don’t pay for anything more than a workout program. I don’t have to pay for gym dues, or child care. I don’t have to use any gas in my van. And the best part is that I can wear whatever the heck I want, and who cares?! It’s just me here- I can look as sweaty, and mismatched as I want, with no feelings of insecurity or self-doubt. That’s a major win in my book! Don’t feel as motivated at home? Find someone to keep you accountable.
“I feel guilty taking time away from my kids to do something for myself.” It’s so easy for moms to put their kids first so much that they forget they are a person too. We are all guilty of it. But the truth is, you can’t be your best as their mother if you aren’t being your best to yourself. Most times that means doing something for YOU. Take 30 minutes from your day, and let them know, “it’s mommy time.” Give them a quiet activity to do while you push play, or load up the stroller and make the walk a family affair. Or one of my favorites- get them involved in being active with you. It’s not always the easiest setup navigating a workout with little people alongside you, but it sets a great example for them on being active, getting exercise and seeing their mom take care of herself.
I’ve learned all this slower than most, but it comes down to choices. We all have the choice to do something vs.not do something, eat this vs. that, wake up early to workout vs. sleep in, push play vs. watch reruns. Make a choice to put your health and fitness first, and slowly you will find that the many reasons you had for not doing it will disappear. In their place will be motivation, energy, happiness and satisfaction that you are accomplishing something hard, and finding a better “you” along the way.
A little about Sarah: Sarah is a wife and a mommy (to beautiful twin almost 5 year old girls) dedicated to living an active, healthy life while working from home as a Beachbody Fitness Coach. She is committed to helping moms find confidence and self-love in their post-baby bodies. She strives to help moms embrace where their bodies have been and push them toward where they want their bodies to be. I can attest firsthand as I recently took a 7 day clean eating/workout challenge from her that if you’re looking for someone to motivate you and help keep you accountable–she’s your girl–especially since it doesn’t matter where you’re located. Check out her Facebook Page and give her a “like” if you want daily encouragement & inspiration to get moving. And heck, while you’re at it join one of her accountability groups. It’s never too late to be your best for yourself and others (including your kids!) around you.
As a side note: If you are someone in Bend that needs face-to-face motivation let me know because I have a great personal trainer recommendation for you.
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