Why We Don’t: I don’t have time. This may very well be true if exercise requires a trip to the gym–complete with putting gas in the car, picking up and delivering a babysitter, checking in, changing clothes in the locker room and stopping by the store on the way home.
What to Do: Find an at-home fitness program like T-Tapp. No gym, no babysitter, no expensive gas.
Why We Don’t: I don’t have time. Same song, second verse. Planning a workout schedule that includes hour-a-day workouts six days a week works for some people, but probably not for those who say “I don’t have time to exercise.”
What to Do: Short workouts to the rescue. A short workout DONE is better than a long workout planned and not done. Hey, ten minutes of a short workout beats no minutes of any workout.
Why We Don’t: I don’t have time. Yes, again. Reality check: is this really true? Really? Did you spend time on Facebook today? Did you watch the new Pioneer Woman show? Did you make an extra trip to the store for dinner ingredients?
What to Do: Cold, hard fact: We make time for what we want to do. Excuses about time are convenient, understandable and sympathetic. But they’re still excuses. We actually make choices. A choice to skip exercise due to circumstances is valid. Just remember that it IS a choice, and that choices have consequences (even if they’re delayed).
Why We Don’t: I don’t get it. There’s a lot to think about with T-Tapp. Form from head to toe, activating muscle, staying in alignment, and the list goes on. It can get discouraging and/or overwhelming for newbies. Trust me, the first few times I did T-Tapp I felt uncoordinated and silly.
What to Do: Patience, grasshopper. Very few people, no matter what their level of fitness, totally “get it” right off the bat. The only way to get better is to do it. It’s like riding a bicycle—reading about riding a bike is all very well and good, but until you do it and develop the coordination and strength and technique, you’re going to be sitting on the curb. You’ll be surprised at what just a week or two will do for your endurance and form, so hang in there.
Why We Don’t: This doesn’t work. You’ve tried and didn’t lose inches. You did more and more, and you stalled.
What to Do: Check out “I don’t get it” above. Even if you have reasonably good form, your body may be in a phase of rehabilitation on the inside before it will show on the outside. Sometimes we work hard for a month and lose “only” one inch. It happened to me. But if I had quit, I would still be a size 22W–or probably bigger. Working with a T-Tapp trainer or attending an event can provide many ah-ha’s and breakthroughs to take your workouts to a new level. It’s worth it, I promise.
This is just the short list of “why we don’t stay consistent with exercise.” Can you think of some others, and “what to do?” When it comes down to it, the to do’s are more important!
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