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5 Tips to Achieve your Fitness Goals

5 Tips to Achieve your Fitness Goals
February 18
22:20 2016
No more Excuses!

The following tips will help you stop making excuses and get on the right path to accomplishing your fitness goals.

We all know how hard it can be to visit the gym every day – or even twice a week. Work, family commitments, and other obligations often get in the way. Sometimes you just don’t feel like working out, and that’s when most of us make excuses. We convince ourselves that it’s okay to skip today and wait until tomorrow, and then we convince ourselves it’s okay to wait until next week…or next month.

Here are five of the most common excuses people avoid exercise with advice on how to overcome them:

#1 My kids need me

Of course your kids need you! But it’s also important for you to be a role model in regards to health and fitness. More often than not, overweight children have overweight parents. Show your children that you value health and fitness and it just might rub off.

Plus, going to the gym is an important “me-time” activity that can reduce stress and put you in a better mood. Hire a babysitter or trade childcare with your partner to make time for working out.

#2 I’m sick or injured

If you have a sickness or injury that you feel is preventing you from exercising, visit a physical therapist or doctor with experience treating your condition. He or she can help you come up with a personalized exercise plan.

“It’s the magical balance of understanding the modification people may need because of treatment, yet challenge and push them over a mental obstacle,” explains Mary Van Heukelom. “What we can all learn from survivors is that each day is a gift. And the best way to get the most out of your day is to be as healthy as possible in body, mind and spirit.”

Ms Heukelom is the Health & Fitness Director for a cancer clinic in Iowa.

#3 I don’t know where to start

Feeling overwhelmed because you have little-to-no experience at the gym or too much weight to lose? Mary recommends starting small: “By setting small achievable goals, I have been able to taste success. If you are only focusing on a big goal, you can lose sight of the finish line because it seems like you will never get there.”

Focus on your self-confidence with small goals and don’t be afraid to ask for help.

#4 I don’t have time

This is the number 1 reason people avoid the gym. Of course, there are times when you really are too busy to workout, but more often than not the excuse is just that – an excuse.

There are plenty of busy folks who have time for the gym, and it’s because they make fitness a priority. Think about it – were you too busy to catch your favorite show, call your boyfriend, or eat dinner? No.

When exercise is a priority, you will have time for it no matter how busy you are. People will make time for whatever they value. Sit down and think about why you want to work out and how you will feel afterwards. Then make it a priority.

If you’re feeling dread at the mere idea of going to the gym, give yourself a little pep talk. If you feel like quitting during the middle a workout, remind yourself how blessed you are to have the health an ability to do what you’re doing.

#5 I don’t have time for a complete workout, so I won’t go at all

Something is better than nothing. You don’t need to work out for a solid hour to reap the benefits of exercise.

Try to incorporate more activity in your daily routine. For example:

• Take the stairs instead of the elevator
• Ride a bike or walk to work (if possible)
• Park in the back of the parking lot
• Walk around the block during your break

Commit to at least ten minutes of exercise every day. “If you put in 10 minutes when you know you only had 10 minutes, at the end of the day you’re going to be glad,” says Sports Psychologist Marty Martinez. “Psychologically that’s important and can keep you motivated to do a longer workout when you have time.”

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