4 Reasons You’re Slacking Off

Don’t let these common excuses cause you to forgo healthy eating and working out. Sandi Forsythe shows you how to tackle each one

March 11, 2013
4 Reasons You’re Slacking Off

All too often women say, “I can’t.” I can’t start training at my age. I can’t train because I’m a mom. I can’t train because I don’t have time. The truth is, you’re never too old to start, and kids or no kids, training is a great habit to incorporate into your daily life.

You can make the decision to put your health first and take the plunge at any age. Sure, walking in the gym for the first time can be intimidating. But as you begin to make progress, you will also begin to gain confidence. The nice thing about the gym is that the people who go range in experience; from beginners to those who have been lifting for years. We all have to start somewhere and all have improvements to make when it comes to our goals in the gym.

Women of all ages, shapes, and sizes are taking the leap and making health and fitness a part of their daily life, thus setting the example for their families and children.

There are a million and one excuses women use for why they don’t work out and eat clean. Well, I’m here to tell you that if you made health a priority, you could also find a solution for every one of your million and one excuses. Here, I’ll go over some of the most common excuses used and then show you how to tackle each one:

Excuse #1: I’m too old. If I had a dollar for every time I heard this one. You are never too old to start weight training and incorporating cardiovascular exercise into your daily routine. Making this change, at any age, can bring about several positive health benefits. Some of these include: a reduction in blood pressure, better heart health, increased bone density, weight loss, and better overall physical and mental health. On top of the health benefits, working out is also a great stress reliever. My workout time is a great stress reliever after a long day at work or with the kids. There is nothing better than sweating it out at the gym! If you’re uncomfortable stepping in the gym for the first time solo, involve a friend and get started. Next time you use your age as an excuse remember the benefits both physically and mentally to incorporating activity into your daily routine.

Excuse #2: I have small children and can’t find the time. As a mommy of 5 year-old-triplets I understand this; however, if you want to make it a priority you’ll find a way. When my children were under the age of 1 years old, I would do workout videos, weights, jog behind the triplet stroller, or cardio at home. The days of Bulgarian split squats off my kitchen chair and band workouts in my doorframe paid off. Now I get my cardio sessions in before my kids wake up. Sure, I have to get up early to get it done, but it feels amazing starting my day on the right track! Stop using your children as your excuse and start using them as your motivation to get fit and set a healthy example.

Excuse #3: I’m too busy. I hear this often and I always think to myself how much time do you spend watching television? Many Americans spend hours a day in front of the television, how about purchasing a cardio machine that you can set up in front of your television or take an hour away from the television to get out for a walk? If it’s your priority you will make it happen. So the next time you use “time” as your excuse, evaluate where you’re spending your time and replace some of your sedentary activities with physical activity.

Excuse #4: This one is a biggie: No one else in my family is dieting or working out, so it’s hard for me to stick to it. Here is what I have to say to that: someone has to set the example and take the first step. As moms, we often set the families schedule and events. Include your family in making healthy meals, healthy choices, and exercise. One way to do this is by setting aside an hour after dinner each night to go on a walk or hit the gym as a family. Not only will your family’s health improve, it’s also a great way to spend more time with your children. During the summer months, I take my kids to the park every night after dinner, and we do mommy/kid classes at our local gym in the winter. I also like to include my children in cooking healthy meals. If you involve your family, you will be surprised to see they often follow. After all, most of us moms are the ones doing the cooking!

So next time you think of an excuse to pass the gym or forgo clean eating for a quick unhealthy meal, just remember the solution to your excuse is often staring you in the face. If you make health and fitness your priority, and are dedicated to raising a healthy family, then you will find a solution to every one of your excuses! As moms we set the stage for healthy or unhealthy living in our homes…what example are you setting and what solutions can you come up with to reaching your goals?

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