Undoubtedly, January is such a busy time in the gym world with every Tom, Dick and Harry desperately clinging to the determination that they woke up with on New Year’s Day that this year was the year that their fitness levels would peak, vowing to themselves to go to at least 3 training sessions a week and trade in that foot long subway for a healthy, fresh salad. This week I am that Tom, Dick and Harry. Anything in the form of junk food seems to be calling my name, conveniently just as I got a new job writing articles and lending a helping hand in the social media department at local Belfast gym, Paul Cooney Fitness.
Sadly, the determination to become a healthier, fitter version of yourself inevitably begins to fade and now as we enter into the third week of January and the weather is only getting colder and colder, who can blame us for wanting to curl up by the fire with a mug of hot chocolate, topped off with whipped cream and of course, who could forget the marshmallows?
You’re not the only one who is finding their motivation dwindling though so to help us all out a little bit I’ve put together 5 ways to excuse proof your work out so that you can smash that goal of 3 training sessions a week that you promised yourself you would achieve. I know the temptation is feeling pretty intense at the moment but I promise that that sense of achievement that you’ll feel once you’ve reached your fitness goal will be so much more rewarding and you’ll be thanking yourself down the line that you never gave up even when every temptation to quit was in your way.
- “I don’t have the time.”
One of the biggest excuses made by people for skipping their workout is that they struggle to find the time. It’s understandable that when you live a busy lifestyle it’s easy to let other priorities take over and soon enough fitting in your daily exercise slot has slipped to the bottom of you to do list. This doesn’t have to be the way however, there are plenty of little tricks that will help you to incorporate a workout into your busy schedule whether that’s walking to work (if possible), taking the stairs instead of the escalator or attending a gym class before work. At Paul Cooney Fitness there are a wide range of available to you throughout the day to help accommodate your busy schedule.
Check out their website to see the full timetable of classes available each week and you’re guaranteed to find a time that suits you. If that doesn’t work why not book yourself in for a personal training session with one of their personal trainers at a time that works best for you.
- Feeling the “Newbie Nerves”
There’s nothing wrong with feeling little bit self-conscious, it’s completely normal in fact, but you shouldn’t let this hold you back from achieving your goals and not going to the gym. At the end of the day, we’ve all been there. Everyone has to start somewhere, including the professionals, but you’ll quickly get the hang of it. What’s more is, the more you stick at it, the more you will improve and just watching yourself improve is rewarding in itself and will have you wanting to come back for more before you know it.
Just remember that you don’t have to be the best, just as long as you’re doing something.
- “Exercise is boring”
At the end of the day, we aren’t all fitness fanatics who think of their work out as the highlight of their day (as much as we might wish we are). For the most part a lot of us see it as a chore more than anything else but it doesn’t need to be that way. Try out something new if you’re bored of your current routine. Chat to a personal trainer or challenge yourself to go to at least one new class a week and you’ll soon find what works for you best.
At Paul Cooney Fitness there are plenty of classes on offer to help you shake up your routine a little.
Injuries play a huge role in reasons why people skip a workout but try not to let an injury complete sideline you, you still need to try and build up the area around your injury.
Have a chat with your doctor or physiotherapist about your options before you rule out exercise altogether.
Lack of energy is one of the number one reasons why we bail on a work out but in actual fact, studies have shown that regular exercise can actually improve your energy levels. Physical activity can also help you to combat mental fatigue.
You can also solve the problem of lack of energy by eating snacks that are high in complex carbs and protein to fuel your body for your work out even when your motivation starts waning.
Why not try out a few of these tips and head down to Paul Cooney Fitness to get those fitness goals back on track this week? There’s no time like the present.