Exercising is already a challenge for most people – let alone for lazy people (like me). Every time my mom or my close friends invites me to exercise with them, I always seem to have a pretty good excuse not to and trust me I never ran out of excuses. I could say that “I’ am too busy to do it” or “I just can’t find the time to do it, with work and everything” and of course let’s not forget my favorite line, “ I’ am just not feeling well today”; but you know what? The truth is, I’ am just too lazy to do it!
If you are a couch potato, if you are not a morning person, or if you just simply hate exercising, then don’t worry you are certainly not alone. I understand how difficult it is to start exercising and sticking to it is even more challenging. Thankfully, I learned a couple tips to make exercising easier for us lazy girls, I mean I’ am still not crazy about exercising but these tips has helped me start that fitness journey that I needed and most importantly it helped me stick to it.
Now you don’t have to be a fitness junkie on day one. Work at your own pace. If you are not comfortable running on a treadmill for 30 minutes, then don’t. Remember baby steps, chances are if you push yourself to your limit on day one, you might end up not coming back the next day. That happened to me so many times already. And also, creating a workout calendar can be very helpful, just remember to create a realistic workout calendar, something that you are actually willing to do.
Work with something that you love or enjoy doing
If you hate your workout routine, change it; if you’re bored with it, make it fun. Everyone is different, while running may work for others it may not work for you. And if you keep doing something that you hate or something that easily bores you, it will only make you hate exercising even more and chances are you might end up quitting. There are a lot of options available for us, all we have to do is to choose the one that we love and enjoy doing.
Take the stairs
If you have options, always choose the more active option. Even as simple as taking the stairs, sure it’s not a lot, it may seem small but this will help your body to get in the habit of being more active.
Keep your expectations realistic
It is always important to remember that it takes time for us to make things happen. It takes time and effort for us to be able to see change. If you set high expectations for yourself, this will not only put so much pressure on your shoulders it may also disappoint you in the long run. That is the least thing that we want to happen. So work at your own pace, set realistic goals and don’t be too hard on yourself.
Celebrate every milestone
No matter how small or big it is, make sure to give yourself a pat in the back. Don’t tear yourself down just because you are seeing small changes instead praise yourself for choosing to continue and workout in the first place. Remember you could have chosen to take a nap, watch tv or even quit but instead you chose to continue, so that alone is a milestone. As long as you’re putting effort and doing the best that you can, that’s more than enough.
So stop making excuses and start doing it today. Start simple, start small. Baby steps..
I know you can do this!