Some people, I swear, we’re just born to love fitness and working out and running.
I loath running. I was definitely not born to be a runner. I do believe, though that we were born and made to be active. If you would have asked me that at 11, when I was running carefree through the neighborhood, I probably would have looked you and said, “Duh!” but now as an adult it’s easy to see just how inactive and torpid we can be. Naturally there are 1,001 excuses as to why we’re not excising; the kids wore me out, long day at work, no time… The list is as endless as we want it to be. As the mother of 3, two of which are twin toddlers who keep me very busy and constantly demand attention from me, I am very familiar with that list and all the excuses I have added to it over the past 5 years of motherhood.
Tearing up the list, though, is actually just as easy as building it. You just have to decide that no matter what you are not going to accept making excuses any longer. That, for whatever reasons motivate you most, being healthy is more important than not. And I believe you can do this right there in your own home.
One of the biggest excuses I hear, that really drives me nuts is, “I don’t workout because I can’t ever get into the gym,” or, “I only find my motivation in the gym.” Really? Then you’re telling me that you don’t really want to get in shape all that bad. Because, the fact is you really can workout at home. You don’t need the fancy equipment that you find at a gym, you just need to find what works for you and a routine you can start with a build on. I have a kettle-bell set with three different weights to build on, and my Wii. Surprisingly, the Gold’s Gym Cardio Workout for wii that I use is an awesome workout. The problem that I’ve had is not sticking with it consecutively. Too many excuses, all usually revolving around the kids and not having enough time. So, I threw out the excuses and decided that I’m going to challenge myself to do my workout solid, everyday, for two weeks. To show myself that yes, IT CAN BE DONE! And that even in two short weeks you can see some good results, but more importantly give yourself that breaking in time to get back into loving working out. To get that addiction to where if you miss a day you feel the negative drag it has on your body, causing you to never want to miss a day again.
So, if you’re wanting to get back into shape I challenge you to start your own two week challenge. Find something you can do, whether it’s walking through your neighborhood every day, doing a cardio workout video or game, or even the 100 workout you see on Pinterest, and do it every single day. Don’t let not being able to get to the gym stop you, because that’s really one of the lamest excuses there is.
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