Stop Making Excuses!

Excuses – don’t let them hold you back.

As women, some days we will come up with any excuse not to exercise.

Next time you are looking for an out from training, combat your excuses with Bondi Beauty logic.

I’m too tired
The reality is exercising increases energy levels. Skipping your morning workout will leave you feeling even more sluggish and unproductive. Exercise will give you a much needed injection of energy to get you through your work day. Ditching your evening class may lead to you flopping onto the couch with junk food or snacks. Whereas even a quick workout encourages you to prepare a healthy dinner and get an early night – you’ll also sleep better.

I’ve got too much to do
Does anyone ever get to the end of their ‘to do’ list? Exercise should be towards the top of your daily ‘to do’ list, not near the bottom of your weekly ‘to do’ list. It requires priority status, rather than something you’ll get to when you’ve done everything else. Also, the mental and physical boost of working out might just help you progress faster through the rest of your ‘to do’ list.

I haven’t got enough time
Life is busy and there may not always be enough time to do what you perceive to be a whole workout. Make your workout shorter and up the intensity by reducing rest time or increasing speed, resistance or load. Pick 4 harder exercises and circuit them 3 times without rest. Or, interval train (moderate 2 minutes : sprint 20 seconds) on a cardio machine or outdoors. Both programs will give you a great workout in 15 minutes and more importantly, keep the fitness habit. Think quality, not quantity.

I’m in a bad mood
There’s a saying “had a good day, go to the gym, had a bad day, definitely go to the gym”. Exercise can serve as a distraction from whatever is bothering you, burn off stress hormones and of course release the feel good ones. Instead of hauling your negative vibes home to take out on flat mates and loved ones – or even yourself, leave them at the gym or in the park, with your sweat and toil.

I’m sore from my last workout
Sure you don’t want to hit the same muscles in the same way and wreck the rest and repair phase but… If your upper body is sore train your lower body and vice versa. If your whole body is sore change the mode of training. You could do a light cardio workout, swim, yoga or stretch class, or even just go for a walk, making your workout an active recovery session.

By Rachel Livingstone Personal Trainer & Owner of The Health Hub www.healthhub.net.au

Rachel Livingstone

Rachel is a PT and Maternal Health specialist who found the gym at 14 through her weight lifting dad and never looked back. Originally from the UK she finally settled her wanderlusting feet on the shores of Sydney and can often be found on the back of a paddleboard exploring Rose Bay and the beautiful harbour.

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