Well, it’s a new year, and it’s time to kick those excuses to the curb, and fit in that workout!
I don’t want to mess up my hair.
I admit this is one of my most used excuses. Who wants to ruin a really good hair day, a fresh wash, or a blow out by throwing your hair into a messy bun and sweating it out at the gym? Well my friends, there is a reason why dry shampoo has become so popular over the past few years. It’s the perfect way to freshen up your hair between washes, and after even the sweatiest of workouts. Apply either a spray or powder to your roots and brush through thoroughly.
If you can’t leave your hair down because you have kinks from your hair elastic, throw your hair up into a chic topknot, or my personal favourite, a messy side braid.
I don’t want to redo my makeup.
If you fit in a workout during your lunch, or in the middle of the day, it can be a pain (and time-consuming) to redo your makeup. I personally don’t believe in gym-proof makeup – it never seems to work for me and just messes up my towel. Plus, wiping the sweat off a face full of makeup can cause breakouts. First step is to invest in some makeup wipes to use pre- and post-workout. After your workout, you’ll need to stick to a minimalist makeup routine (no time for contouring or highlighting “ just the basics!). Opt for a tinted moisturizer instead of moisturizer and foundation to hydrate your skin and cover up any post-workout redness or blotchiness. To avoid carrying around a bunch of brushes, use for a cheek stain, which can be applied with your fingers. This product can also double as a lip stain. Curl your lashes, and add some mascara, throw on some lipgloss, and voila! You’re set for the rest of your day.
I don’t have time.
Worst. Excuse. Ever. Seriously! Not that I am bashing anybody, I am guilty of this excuse myself. But let’s face it. If we have time to go on Facebook and Twitter and watch Netflix, then we definitely have time for a workout. Sure, an hour may be a bit difficult to fit in, but even 20 minutes a day will suffice. Another option is to fit in 10-minute interval workouts throughout your day. This can be as simple as doing a 10-minute workout DVD, walking to work and taking the stairs, and doing some sit-ups and push-ups while watching your favourite television show.
I can’t find my shoes.
One word. Yoga.
No one will go with me.
Having a workout buddy is definitely great motivation to go to the gym. But when no one wants to go with you, it can be hard to go on your own. To fill that void, try a group class like zumba or spin at your gym so that you’ll be surrounded by plenty of other people, which will keep your motivation up. If you’re not into the classes, bring a magazine or a good book to read while you’re doing some cardio, and don’t forget to fill up your iPod with some great tunes! Nothing better than a great workout playlist.
My gym clothes aren’t clean.
Okay, this one is a valid excuse, because no one wants to smell another person in dirty gym clothes during their workout. BUT, this excuse can only be used once a week. Once you tell yourself this, it’s time to throw those clothes in the wash, and hit the gym the next day.
I’m too tired.
Fitting in a workout after a long day’s work is probably the last thing most of you want to do, let alone waking up even earlier to head to the gym BEFORE work. But the fact is, exercise will actually give you more energy, and help you get a better night’s sleep. I personally prefer to work out in the evening than in the morning, and I always find I have a great sleep after a workout. So suck it up, use any remaining energy you have, and go have an amazing workout.