Undoubtedly, January is such a busy time in the gym world with every Tom, Dick and Harry desperately clinging on to the determination tat they woke up with on New Year’s Day that this was the year that their fitness levels would reach their peak, vowing to themselves that they would go to at least 3 training sessions a week and trade in that foot long subway sandwich for a healthy, fresh salad.
Sadly, this determination inevitably fades and now as we enter into the final week of January and the weather is only getting colder, we know you’re getting closer and closer to admitting defeat but here at Paul Cooney Fitness we’re here to help and show you that just because your motivation is starting to slip away from you, it doesn’t mean you have to give up altogether.
We’ve put together 5 ways that you can excuse proof your workout and still come out on top in achieving your fitness goals.
1. “I don’t have the time.”
One of the biggest excuses for people skipping a workout is they’re unable to find the time. We understand that when you live a busy lifestyle, other things on your ‘to-do’ list takes over and soon enough exercise slips to the bottom of your priorities. However, there are plenty of little tricks that you can use that help you find a way to incorporate a workout into your busy schedule. Whether that’s walking to work (if possible), taking the stairs instead of the lift or attending a gym class before work.
Here at Paul Cooney Fitness we have various classes throughout the day to help accommodate your needs.
Check out our timetable and we guarantee you’ll find a class at a time that suits you. If that doesn’t work, why not book yourself in for a PT session?
2. Feeling self-conscious or worrying about being the “Newbie”
There’s nothing wrong with having a little bit of “Newbie Nerves” and feeling self-conscious, it’s totally normal!
At the end of the day, we’ve all been there. Everybody has to start somewhere, including the professionals but you’ll quickly get the hang of it and the more you stick at it, the better you’ll get and what’s more is, as you watch yourself improve, your workouts will feel even more rewarding.
Remember, you don’t have to be the best, just as long as you’re doing something.
3. Exercise is boring!
At the end of the day, we aren’t all fitness fanatics who think of their workout as the highlight of their day. For the most part a lot of us see it as being more of a chore than anything else but it doesn’t need to be this way. Try out something new if you’re bored of your current routine.
Chat to a personal trainer here at Paul Cooney Fitness to see what you can do to make workouts a little bit more exciting or why not challenge yourself to go to at least one new class a week. At Paul Cooney Fitness, we have plenty of classes on offer if you want to shake things up a little.
Injuries play a big role in skipping out a workout but don’t let them totally sideline you. You still need to try and build up the area around your injury.
Why not sit down with your doctor or a personal trainer and see what your options are before you rule out exercise altogether.
5. Lack of energy
Lacking the energy can be a big reason motivating your excuses to skip the gym but in actual fact, studies have shown that regular exercise van actually improve your energy levels.
Physical activity can also help you combat mental fatigue. You can also solve the problem of low energy levels by eating snacks high in complex carbs and protein to fuel your body for your work out even when your motivation starts waning mid-afternoon.
Hopefully these 5 top tips have helped to boost your motivation levels a little and we hope to see you all soon at Paul Cooney Fitness!