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Do you find yourself making an excuse whenever the time comes to workout? You are not alone. We all suffer from a lack of motivation from time-to-time, and we all convince ourselves that there is a valid reason behind it. Of course, there may be an acceptable reason for not working out once or twice, but if you never seem to find the time to exercise, it’s likely that your excuses are simply designed to make you feel better. With that being said, let’s put these excuses to bed once and for all. Read on to discover some of the common excuses people make for not working out, and why they aren’t valid excuses at all – or, in nicer terms, what you can do to stop these issues from getting in the way of you working out.

“I don’t like to workout around the opposite sex” – One reason why a lot of people do not like to workout is because they are self-conscious. They do not want to go for a run or to the gym because they are scared that the opposite sex will see them. They don’t want to be spotted sweating and struggling. This is understandable, yet there are plenty of ways around it. Firstly, you shouldn’t care what other people think! But that is unlikely to provide much help, so why not enrol in gym classes that are gender-specific? Or, you could workout from the comfort of your own home? There is such a wide selection of fitness DVDs to choose from today. Close the curtains and lock the doors and you will never have to worry about anyone seeing you.

“I’m a busy parent, I don’t have the time” – This is an understandable reason for struggling to workout, yet it does not mean that you don’t have the time to exercise at all. Yes, children can be incredibly time-consuming, but your workouts do not have to be. There are plenty of time saving workouts for busy mums. These are exercises that are designed to help you achieve more in a shorter space of time. Another option is to exercise with your children. Not only will you keep them busy and spend more time with them, but you will probably wear them out too, which means you might get some time to relax after the workout – it’s a win-win!

“I am bored of working out” – This is another common excuse people make. They are bored of the workout. This is probably true, but it is also probably true that you have not exhausted all of your exercise options. If you don’t want to hit the same exercise classes again or workout on the treadmill for an hour, you don’t have to. Find a different way to workout. There are so many options, from yoga and dancing to cycling and tennis.

“I am too uncoordinated or fat or old to exercise” – Yes, you may not be an Olympic athlete! But everyone has to start somewhere. You don’t need to start out with workouts that are incredibly hard. Take baby steps and you will achieve more and more with every session. This will also motivate you. You are probably struggling to do your workout sessions because they seem so scary and unachievable that you are putting yourself off. Don’t worry about what anyone else is doing. Just worry about yourself and what you need to do.

“I don’t like to workout alone” – Working out alone is always difficult because you need to be your own source of motivation. The best thing to do is get in touch with your friends and see if anyone would be willing to workout with you. If you do not have any friends that are into fitness, you still have a few options. The first is to join an exercise class or group. The second is to book a session with a personal trainer. And the third is to use an app to meet people that are interested in working out. You can find tennis partners and job buddies – it’s like Tinder but for exercising!

“I can’t afford to go to the gym” – Money is often a common reason used when people explain why they do not workout. Yes, it is true that many different exercise options cost money. If you go to the gym, you are going to need to pay a membership fee. If you take up a certain sport, such as tennis, you are going to need the correct equipment. However, not all forms of exercising cost money. There are many different ways you can workout for free. You can go for a run or a power walk. Or, why not use some of the workout videos that are available for free on YouTube?

“I am way too tired to exercise” – Last but not least, do you feel like you can’t exercise because you are too tired? This is not uncommon considering the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Well, did you know that exercise is probably the best way to snap out of this tired feeling and revitalise yourself? Set yourself positive notifications on your phone that will motivate you to exercise.

Hopefully, you now have some great suggestions that can help you whenever you next come to workout and you find yourself making an excuse. You’re a busy mum who doesn’t have the time? Use time saving exercises! You don’t have the money to go to the gym? You don’t have to! There is always a way around it.

Shh, my feet so aren’t on the train seat!

Yes, yes, when I go to the gym, I’m usually getting around in last year’s runners and something I picked up on sale, but it’s nice to see what pretty and comfory things are out there!

The following is a sponsored guest post by ASOS

Sports fans are in for a real treat this year with huge events just around the corner. Spurred on by the constant bombardment of athletes in adverts now is a brilliant time to get fit and healthy. One of the silly little niggles that often stops us from heading straight to the gym is the fear that we will look just a tad out of place in a sweatband that hasn’t seen the light of day for a good few years now.
But don’t worry, “sports luxe” as the designers like to call it, is firmly back on the fashion radar so you will have no problem finding an outfit that you feel comfortable and stylish in, which will boost your confidence and most importantly spur you on to lose weight, get back in shape after having a baby or just keep fit.
The first thing we need to think about when heading back to the gym is our footwear. If trainers haven’t graced your wardrobe in a long while well now is the time to invest in a brand new pair as ill-fitting and unsupportive shoes can lead to a serious ankle injury, and that wouldn’t be the best idea to make a good impression now would it? The great news is that even our favourite sports brands are becoming more fashion forward and running trainers can now be found in gorgeous pastel colours that are a huge hit on designer catwalks everywhere. (You will probably want to wear them all the time!)

So, our feet are sorted but what about the rest of our outfit? The dilemma is do we want to wear leggings, sweatpants or shorts? If you are self-conscious of your legs sweatpants may be the ideal solution for you as they will cover you up and will skim over any lumps and bumps you would rather conceal. Leggings are great if you don’t want your legs covered but don’t want excess material flapping about on the treadmill. For leg confident ladies shorts are great as they will keep you cool and cycling shorts are particularly on trend. To really stand out from the crowd neon is bound to get you noticed.

Nearly there now, all that is left is what to wear on top? A cropped sweatshirt is great if you want to run outdoors and the weather is a little chilly, although you may need more than a little body confidence to pull it off. For a more classic look choose a simple polo shirt or a camisole and you have your fitness look sussed.

Once you have your confidence boosting get up you will be ready to hit the gym, or even just the park for a purse friendly jog (when the weather permits), so get to it and let’s start the new season in a healthy style.

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But then I had it with a huge STEAK nomnomnom.

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Lovely day today, yes, i did sleep in and miss the morning gym session, but I sweated like crazy in my make up one tonight!!! That’ll teach me to get up nice and early :)

The CP Challenge kicks off tomorrow. It’s one of those pedometer things, do 10k steps a day, raise money, have fun. I’l looking forward to fighting with the numbers on the pedometer ;) Sign up is still open til the end of the week if you want to enter a team of four. It runs for eight weeks. Have you ever counted your steps with a pedometer for weeks? How did it go?

In all my inspiration today, it looks like I’ve kicked off another Bloggest Loser challenge! What is that? Well, basically a bunch of internerds track our diet and exercise the way we know best – online – and the winner is the one who gets the closest to their goal over the challenge.

So, I’m aiming to get under 70kg. And will post about it every week, lest I get picked on by the others for not posting. Twitter will flood with crap about ‘workouts’ and measurement. And my reward? A dress from the Maiocchi summer collection. Or 2. Cos I’m likely to get one anyway!

Want to join in? Sign up for a Daily Burn account, and join the challenge group here with the code A7F6FA

Bring it on!

Kicked off my birthday last Friday at the gym – I’d been awake since 4:30am, so why not get up and hit the gym at six so I could indulge later in the day? ;) This was after getting a cute cute tote bag from Rish from Honeybee in Newcastle, that I hadn’t told him I’d been eyeing off! (sorry have packed it away!)

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Met with Rish afterwards for a coffee at the Purple Pickle.

Coffee and the Purple Pickle ANU

I made it to work about nine, with a bag of mini redskins, milkos and sherbies to hype everyone also up with (because I was bouncing off the walls!) and the birthday fairy had been overnight!

Birthday/last day at work

My desk was so clean, only because that was my last day! There was 2pm cake – one of the girls made me a cake using a gluten free Rowsie’s Cakes cakemix she’d picked up a supabarn, with some raspberries on top. Nom nom.

I picked up my bamboo and left at about 3:30pm… off to tidy the house ahead of having workmates over to help me work through some of the wine – a social way of having less to pack!

On Saturday night, Rish took me to My’s Vietnamese in Weston so that he could FINALLY try their laksa that I’d been going on about.

My;s Vietnamese Weston

We took a bottle of champagne that I’d been given for my birthday/farewell. It was wonderful!

My;s Vietnamese Weston

Started with the fresh rice paper rolls.

My;s Vietnamese Weston

I had my usual – Rice noodles with tofu and veges

My;s Vietnamese Weston

Rish was happy with his Laksa :)

My;s Vietnamese Weston

But still had room for deep fried ice cream with caramel topping!

A lovely night, topped off by being watched over by His Noodliness

My;s Vietnamese Weston

(after being given a wonderful drawing of the deity by my nephew!)


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