Feeling too tired? Swamped with other commitments? That won't work on us. Here's how to get past even the most stubborn (and creative!) fitness red lights and continue on your way to a healthy lifestyle. It's your top five exercise excuses, BUSTED!
1. “I'm too tired.” Prepare for your workouts by getting seven to eight hours of sleep the night before and properly fuelling your body with lots of water (throughout the day, as well as during and after your training session) and clean eating. Make it easier on yourself by following your internal body clock. Do you get a burst of energy first thing in the morning? Schedule your workouts soon after waking up. Can't drag yourself out from under those covers? Plan for an evening session instead.
2. “I don't have enough time.” Schedule your workouts at the beginning of the week and follow through as if you were making a doctor's appointment. Even if you can't fit a full-body workout between grocery shopping and work, penciling in a couple of short, intense exercise sessions is better than nothing at all. Got 10 minutes before that meeting? That's ample time to work on your new body.
3. “I'm too embarrassed to work out in front of others.” Build your confidence (and your muscles!) at home by incorporating DVD and online workouts like the ones here. Do your research in fitness magazines like Oxygen, and consider a couple of at-home personal training sessions to get you started with strength training. If that isn't an option, try moves that use your own body weight for resistance. Once you're ready to ramp up your program, sign up for a gym membership and feed off the company and support of other women who can relate.
4. “I get bored.” Keep things interesting by switching up your workout every few weeks. Change the order of the exercises, drop in a new move or try a new location or different time of day. If you still find yourself zoning out on the treadmill, pack your iPod with new, upbeat tunes or enlist a fitness buddy for a new approach. Keep yourself — and your body guessing.
5. “I'm not seeing any changes in my body.” It might take several months for clearly visible results, so stick with your workouts. And remember that the number on the scale is not the only measure of progress. Has your waist measurement changed? Can you run longer without losing your breath? Has your blood pressure improved? Track your health, not just the scale, for a better indication of how you're stacking up.