Excuses suck; stop making them. There’s always a reason not to do something, but there is always a way to make it work. If you want to see changes in your fitness whether it be to look hot in a bathing suit or to feel better from day to day, you need to make the change yourself. Grab your life by the balls and make a change. I might seem a little harsh on the topic, but that’s because I had a friend who was ruthless with me when I began my fitness journey two years ago and I haven’t given up since. Some weeks are better than others, but I’m always trying. Nobody’s perfect, so sometimes these excuses will get the better of you and you will order a pizza instead. That’s okay, but don’t order 12 pizzas in a month and expect to reach your goals. It is rough being a college hustler, but you have to make the little changes now to see the big changes later on. Even if you want to complain the entire time, just do it.
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1. Too much homework.
This is one excuse that is kind of valid, but completely avoidable! Last November, I was studying to take the GRE which is like adding another class to your schedule, so needless to say, I was drowning in homework. For those of you who have taken it understand that it makes you feel like you’ve spent the last 15 years in school with your head in a hole because nothing makes sense.
The fix: study at the gym. You can ride a bike, treadmill, plank or do pushups while studying. The possibilities are endless! Just bring your book, flashcards or print out your readings to bring with you to the gym. It can also serve as a challenge for you. Try to bike the entire time it takes you to read one chapter. Plank as long as it takes you to finish reading a page. You get the idea.
2. Too tired.
As a young hustler, I understand that you’re tired. I’m tired too, but if there’s a will, there’s a way.
The fix: If you are actually tired due to a lack of sleep, go to bed earlier and skip the gym this time. If you’re tired because you were up partying too late the night before, then you probably shouldn’t party so late. If you just feel a little sleepy that day, going to the gym can actually help wake you up. Getting your blood flowing at the gym can increase the amount of energy you have by supplying your body with endorphins. Check out this link for energy boosting workouts.
3. The weather is gross.
I live in Ohio where the weather is usually less than desirable. If these is a ton of snow, crazy wind, sleet/rain, or all three in one day, nobody wants to leave the dorm/apartment/house to get their sweat on.
The fix: Do a home workout. There are so many ways to get in a good workout without leaving your living room. Move your furniture around to have enough room for crunches, pushups and planks. Doing body weight exercises are just as effective as bumpin’ around some iron in the gym. If you’re more of the cardio type, get a jump rope or run up the stairs a few times.
4. The gym is intimidating.
Yes. The gym is intimidating. Big muscular dudes, hot chicks with their perfectly coordinated cardio outfits and the sound of weights smacking the ground when Tiny Tim in the corner unnecessarily throws down his dumbbells followed by a big ol’ grunt as if he had just won the heavy weight championship. It can be intimidating if you’re starting to work out and aren’t sure how some machines work or if you’re self-conscious next to the girl next to you with a full 6 pack and a J-Lo ass.
The fix: It is easier said than done, but you have to forget what anyone thinks about you when you’re at the gym. You’re going to sweat and smell and feel self-conscious because someone is lifting more weight or running faster than you. You have to walk in that gym knowing that you are a better version of yourself than if you decided to stay home that day. It is intimidating to walk into the gym if it isn’t a regular part of your routine, but you will feel much better about yourself after you finish a kick-ass workout.
5. It’s boring.
The gym can be boring if you do boring things there. Cedar Point can also be boring if you do boring things there. That is kind of a dramatic comparison, but you get my point.
The fix: Do fun things at the gym! Make a cool playlist that pumps you up, watch Netflix while you do cardio, try a new workout, workout with a buddy, etc. I love to workout with my friends because we push each other and chat the workout away. If you work out alone, make a new friend at the gym. People look intimidating, but they are also worried what their butt looks like in their leggings. Trust me.