Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Solutions for Why You Don’t Work Out

According to the CDC, 60 percent of American adults don’t get the recommended amount of physical activity, and over 25 percent of adults aren’t active at all! If we all know that exercising not only leads to 6-pack abs and toned legs but to a longer lifespan as well, then why aren’t we exercising?

Anja Garcia, Certified Personal Trainer and DailyBurn.com Fitness Instructor, is here to help your readers drop the excuses for skipping the gym. She knows it’s not always easy to fit in an intense workout but has provided her solutions so that everyone can be in shape and as healthy as ever!

See below tips courtesy of Anja Garcia, Certified Fitness Instructor and DailyBurn.com Trainer

“I’m too tired after a long day at work.”

Workout in the morning! People always ask me when is the best time to work out. The answer, my friends: Whenever you can get it in! If you are too tired after a long work day to fit it in, wake up 30 minutes early to get your burn in, or consider your lunch break. Exercise has been proven to improve alertness and productivity. So get you morning fix or a noon-time sweat-sesh to keep your day rocking till the very end.

“I don’t get good results, so why bother?”

If you aren’t getting good results, then something is not right! Remember that fitness is not just about exercising; it is also about what you eat! A saying I love to impart on my clients is: “You can’t out-train a bad diet!” Clean, healthy eating will help you see the results from your fitness program. Even better, once you start eating healthy, you’ll have more energy to push harder in your workouts to make those results come even quicker!

“I don’t have enough time to go to the gym.”

News flash! You don’t have to go to the gym to get a great workout in. Sometimes, between commuting to work, working a full day, and picking the kids up from school and sports, time is sparse. But there are tons of great resources that bring your workout to you. Dailyburn.com is an all-encompassing fitness site featuring a variety of workout videos, ranging from kettlebells and dance to sculpting and high-intensity training. Whether you’ve got 10 minutes or an hour, there’s a workout that will fit your busy schedule, at home or on the road. It also builds community support so you have accountability and support with all your goals. Fitness anytime, anywhere. No excuses.

“I get too sweaty from cardio”

Fact: Sweating is a byproduct of working out. This I cannot change but a great towel will sop that right up! Besides, on the bright side, some great benefits to sweating it out: Sweating releases toxins in the body. It also allows your skin to release dirt and impurities. Sweating means you are burning calories and getting sexy.

“I don’t want to get muscular and blocky from weight training.”

Ladies please hear me: Physiologically, you do NOT have the building blocks to bulk up from weight training unless you are supplementing with testosterone. Women’s testosterone levels are not naturally high enough to build the amount of muscle to get bulky. Fat left underneath the muscle will give an appearance of bulkiness. Lifting increases lean muscle and in turn speeds up your metabolism. Muscle takes up less space than fat does making you smaller, and helping your clothes fit better! Win-win!

“It’s had to get started”

It IS hard to get started! Doesn’t validation feel good? But once you get started the feeling of good health and happiness that comes with working out will keep you coming back for more. Pro tip: Get yourself a trainer, try a program like Dailyburn.com where you can find community support, or workout with a friend. Everything is better when we have someone by our side for the journey to keep us motivated and accountable.

“I’m too old/heavy/out of shape”

You are never TOO anything to start. This is YOUR life. Your body is the only place you have to live. We have to take care of it before it really is too late to change something. Fitness is not just a 30-day fad; it is a lifestyle that we have to create for the long haul. Fitness can help ward off illness and enrich everyday activities. Start slowly, stay smart and be patient. It might not be easy, and the journey might be hard at times, but your health is worth it — for you and your loved ones.

“But I’m Already Skinny”

The biggest myth out there is that skinny equals healthy. Not always! Exercising is not about “skinniness,” and weight loss shouldn’t necessarily be the only goal. It is about your overall health, too! It is about working out your heart, improving your circulation and keeping your body and mind functioning at optimum levels. Find fun in your fitness and make it part of your everyday life.

“Exercise is Boring”

My biggest tip for my clients is to find something you enjoy doing that will keep coming back for more! Not only will you be happier, but consistency will boost your results. If running, for instance, isn’t your thing — no problem. How about a taking a spin class, a dance class, or a bootcamp? Or, what about lifting weights or going for a hike? There is an endless amount of possibilities when it comes to fitness activities. Just remember: Fitness doesn’t have to be dreary. It should be fun and exhilarating.

Disclosure: I did not receive any products nor was paid for this promotion. I was provided info from the PR firm to share. Any expressed opinions are my own and personal thoughts. No other compensation was given.

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