The reasons why people just can't make time to workout never cease to amaze me. There are only 24 hours in the day, I know this. There are a million other things that can occupy that time slated for the gym that will probably provide instant gratification (scrubbing your toilet). Teen Mom is on and you need to boost your parenting ego, so the gym/pilates/yoga/barre class can wait. Oh, and then there's sleep. Sure, you could stay up an hour later or wake up an hour earlier to get in a workout, but you probably don't. And that's why you're reading this.
Trainers here all sorts of excuses and some of them are quite entertaining and deserve extra points for creativity. I'm not talking about medical conditions or cosmic events beyond our control. I'm talking about the every day reasons I hear for why a person just can't workout on any given day. I have mentioned the lack of time dilemma in the past, so I won't bore you with that again (hint: just make it happen.) but I will tackle a few of the more common excuses I hear on a near daily basis. Today's excuse of choice (because it's the one I tell myself pretty much every .09324 seconds):
I'M SO TIRED!!!!!! Girlfriends, I am The Queen of this excuse. If I could sleep in until 11am and go back to bed for the night at 8p, every day, I would do it. Sleeping is my favorite. I regret all those years where I took it for granted. If I knew then what I know now about the wonders of slumber, I would have done my early twenties MUCH differently.
Back to the tired excuse, I know I've said this before and I'll probably say it again (and again, and again, and again, and again) but, having been pregnant or breastfeeding for the past six consecutive years, I'M TIRED. Most days, the last thing I have time for is working out. Every night before bed, I set my alarm for 5am, tell the husband he better make me get out of bed, and lay out my running outfit. Every morning, I throw my phone at 5am when it goes off like a damn bomb warning, and settle back in to sleep until the inevitable, "Mooooom, can I get up yet?" followed moments later with "Moooooooommy, I'm hungry." Someone should really invent a headboard that has a built in, automatic espresso machine. It could be activated by your whiney offspring's voice. That would probably improve my parenting exponentially.
Back to the tired issue, I get it. Some of us are stay at home moms, some of us work 40+ hours a week, some of us have some combination of both, and others are just single ladies, living the dream, doing nothing all day except watching RHOC all day. To the latter group, GET YOUR ASS OUT OF THE HOUSE AND EXERCISE. To the first two, there's nothing a little motivation, dedication, and caffeine won't fix.
Sleep deprivation is a bitch. She is a terrible, terrible beast that can't bring anything good about. She's also at the center of a terrible circle -- too tired to workout out because you're busy and didn't sleep well, one of the biggest proven ways to sleep better is to exercise regularly. Here is is in picture form:
The hardest part to breaking this cycle is going to be finding the motivation to get up and get moving. It can be as little as 15 minutes each day, just do something small. Find what motivates you, not what motivates you to please others (sorry men (or women) out there, you can go right ahead and eat a bag of d's if you think I'm going to workout so you can have something nice to look at), but what will really get you to do something because it will make YOU feel good.
Are you tired of being tired all the time? Are the last 4 pounds you've been wanting to lose just hanging on? Do you have an event coming up and you really, really, really want to look better than your ex's new girlfriend in the dress you've been hanging on to? Your motivation (ahem, totally not speaking from experience here) might be because Mike and Ike's are on sale at Target this week and you fully intend to eat your weight in them. But not the green ones, everyone knows those are gross and Mike and Ike need to kick their gross green cousin right out of the box.
Your motivation can be anything, as long as it's yours. Also, baby steps. You don't have to go run 5 miles your first day at it. Maybe go on a 10 minute walk to get things started, then a 15 minute walk, build it up to an hour a day. Once you're doing that, find a curb/park bench/etc. and add one minute of step ups. Then throw in some walking lunges, maybe a couple of burpees. All you have to do is start. I guarantee you the first few times you have to get up and go will be the worst. With each day that passes, it will get easier and easier.
In fact, starting tomorrow at 5am, I'm going to wake up and go run or workout. I'll report back with how many days it took for me to not want to throw my phone across the room. Even just writing that out made me tired and a little ragey. Who the eff wants to wake up at 5am to go running? Who wants to wake up at 5am to do anything? Weirdos. That's who.
My challenge to all of you who are too tired to workout: give me 5 minutes tomorrow. That's it. Five minutes. And here's what you'll do:
Increase the time doing these by repeating the entire five minutes as many times as you'd like. If you're feeling exceptionally badass, throw in a minute of burpees. Enjoy all that new energy!