Showing up for your workouts can be a huge part of your self-care routine when you have a lot going on. But getting to that point where you start moving your body is tough. There are so many excuses that can keep you from your workouts. For example you have:
- a looming deadline at your 9-5
- nothing but tasks and to-dos to get things done in your business
- to spend the time you would’ve used for exercise to get your kid ready for school, get breakfast ready, and get ready for work because you woke up late
Believe it or not, we all deal with one or more of these things every single day. In fact, I dealt with all three just today alone!!!
So in this post I’m going to be sharing the steps I take with my clients to help them shut down the excuses that keep them from showing up and taking action. This way you can shut down your excuses too.
This isn’t the same thing as saying “no excuses.” I think that’s bullsh*t. There’s always something else that’s screaming for your workout time, and saying “no excuses, I must get my workout in” is kind of setting yourself up for a fall because you’re living in denial and that doesn’t last.
So let’s start you off on a more practical path…
#1 Acknowledge and own your excuses
You have to start here. If you don’t know why you’re skipping your workouts even when you want to do them, you’re not going to be able to move forward.
If the only excuses that you can come up with are “I’m lazy” or “I’m not disciplined enough” or “I’m not motivated”, I want you to dig a little deeper.
Once you dig a little deeper, you’ll find that there’s an underlying conflict between your desire to workout and your priorities. For example it might be that you:
- feel that your work is more important right now and the more time you can spend on it, the more money you can make
- spend all the spare time you can get with your family, and you don’t want to take away from that precious time
These are the deeper, juicier excuses that start to give you the information you need to move forward. So what are your excuses?
#2 Understand why these excuses keep you from your workouts
Once you clearly state your excuses, it gets easier to understand why they’re keeping you from your workouts.
What it really boils down to is priorities.
Right now, you’re skipping your workouts because you see your other priorities as more important than working out.
Looking at the two examples above, it’s easy to see why these two take precedence over a workout. Making more money and spending time with family, are really high priority items on anyone’s list.
And when you have this understanding you can start to move forward to #3 where you start to identify how showing up for your workouts can help you live these priorities better.
#3 Get clear about how your workouts can help you live your other priorities like a boss
Now that you know the other priorities that are pushing your workouts out of the way, the next thing is to see if there’s a relationship between working out and these priorities.
The easiest way to explain this is to use an example. As I write this, I’m still working a 9-5 as an engineer while balancing running a business and trying to be the best wife and mom that I can be. It’ll be easy for me to say that I can’t workout and there were times when I’ve felt this way.
But what I discovered is that when I show up and workout, I feel better. I feel more capable, I feel like a boss and I handle my business during the rest of the day.
And forget the feeling, I actually have more energy and I’m more patient with my toddler and if you’re a toddler mom, you know that’s precious!
These are tangible benefits that I can point to that help me set the excuses aside, show up, and workout. So what tangible benefits do you feel you’ll get from working out?
How do you feel showing up and working out consistently will help you be more of the boss lady that you want to be?
If your answer is “it doesn’t help,” then maybe you don’t need to be working out.
But I highly doubt that’ll be the case for you especially if you’re still reading this…
Now it’s time to move on to #4 where you’ll start taking action.
#4 Start with what you “can do” despite your other priorities
This is where I encourage you to skip the “shoulds.” If you see that working out can actually help you crush it and you want to do more of it, you might still be held back by the fact that you don’t have that much time in the day, or a gym membership for instance.
Start with whatever can do. So if you’ve got:
- 5 minutes? Step outside and take a walk, that’s exercise
- No gym? Look up a body weight workout on YouTube
- 15 minutes? Do a HIIT session in your living room (I’ve got something to help you with that next)
You don’t have to spend hours a day to get the benefits of working out. Start the time you have and do what feels good at first.
You don’t have to start by going to CrossFit or Yoga or HIIT. If all you can do right now in your body and with the things you’re balancing in your life is 10 minutes of walking outside, do that! You’ll get some benefits and those benefits will drive you to start looking for more.
So skip the shoulds and do what you can!
#5 Use this resource to get started
One of the biggest “shoulds” that I hear when my clients first start with me is that workouts have to be long for it to count. But the truth is your body just wants to move.
Even a 15 minute workout can get blood flowing in the stuck places like your hips from all that sitting and typing away at the computer. So if you have 15 minutes, I’ve got something for you…
I made a 12 minute workout that you can do that’ll help you feel like a rockstar by:
- getting your heart pumping
- getting your blood flowing
- And helping you burn a good amount of calories in a 12 minute period, trust me it’s no slacker
The workout is aptly named the 12 Minute Full Body Blast and you can click below to grab the workout and get going.
It’s time to take action…
Start by clarifying your excuses. If you don’t know what they are, you won’t be able to shut them down. And don’t start by saying “no excuses, I must do it,” that’s setting yourself up for failure because denial isn’t an effective strategy.
So acknowledge your biggest excuse that’s keeping you from your workout and go through the steps above to help you shut down the excuses and get you on your way to a consistent workout routine, maybe starting with the 12 Minute Full Body Blast Workout.