Excuses, Excuses, Excuses

By: Stephanie M. Cyr-Engro

 

I’m too tired to work out…

I don’t have enough time…

I don’t know what I’m doing at the gym…

I don’t have money for a gym membership…

I’ll start next week…

 

These are all excuses. We’ve all made them at one point  in time. There’s a trick to fixing this issue. Stop Making Excuses!

Nowadays, everyone is stressed out from work, home, social events and everyday life. Did you know that working out actually gives you energy? Did you know working out can help reduce stress significantly? Exercising releases endorphins in the brain. When endorphins are released  people become happier and more capable of handling stressful day-to-day operations. A good workout can also provide a great night sleep which also helps aid in reducing stress, repairing muscle tissue and preparing your body for the next day.

Time is always an issue. Being a single mother, I often find that there are not enough hours in the day to get everything done, but this is where time management plays a key role. In the beginning it seems like a big juggling act trying to accommodate family, friends, career, health and social life, but over time it becomes second nature. Fitting in an hour at the gym seems trivial and time consuming, but it is  extremely rewarding and you’re taking care of YOU.

I often hear from my friends that they have no idea what they’re doing at the gym and often feel embarrassed or intimidated when they’re in the weight training area because they feel that everyone is looking at their form, or wondering what they are doing. I’ll admit when I first started going to the gym in my twenties, I often had this feeling. Approaching a foreign machine and looking at it was a dead giveaway that I had no clue what I was doing. Then you see all of the big muscle men and women walking around and you think to yourself, “I’ll never be like that!” There’s a quick fix to this crisis. Watch people…

Watch how they perform the exercise; hold the equipment, their form and breathing. If you are curious and have questions, don’t be afraid to ask them. I can honestly say I love when people ask me for tips on how to build a certain muscle and get lean and toned in certain areas of the body. This recognition validates that my hard work is paying off.

Money doesn’t grow on trees, I’m aware of this. However, if you sat down and looked at what you spend your money on, you’d be surprised that a gym membership is not that expensive and you can afford it! How many of you make a pit stop to Dunkin Donuts every morning before work? I can say I’ve been guilty as charged in the past. $2.63 a day adds up  to $18.41 a week thats $73.64 a month. An inexpensive gym membership is $20 per month, add another $10 per month for babysitting and your gym membership is far less than your coffee expense!

Waiting to make a New Year’s resolution, or starting a new workout plan next week or month needs to stop. Life changes don’t happen next week, month or year.  Life changes start right as quickly as you want them too.. If you decide you’re going to make a healthy life-change by starting to eat right and working out on a regular basis, it has to start the same day you decide you want to make changes.. If you want to start running, go out and buy a new pair of running shoes that day, put them on, and go!

 

Stephanie M. Cyr-Engro is a graduate of Political Science from the University of Rhode Island and mother of one child. She has competed in Miss Hawaiian Tropic Nationals, WBFF and Fitness Universe. Five and half months post baby she competed in Fitness Universe and won second place. She does not have a trainer nor is she a certified trainer/nutritionist. She writes based off of life experience and what has and has not worked  over the past nine years.

 

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