And what are your excuses not to play sports? A way not to shy away from playing sports, and moreover, to enjoy it.
"I can't get rid of the word." ~ Samuel Johnson
Many people recognize the need to exercise, but cannot find the time to exercise.
I understand them perfectly, since I myself suffered from excess weight for many years and could not help myself. The best way out of this situation is to analyze what excuses prevent us from doing fitness.
Personally, I justified myself as follows: no money, no mood, family circumstances, insufficient motivation, work interferes, others interfere, no strength to run, poor health, no money to join a sports club, etc. etc.
But I've learned to deal with excuses. I found a way not to shy away from sports, and moreover, to enjoy it.
I managed to combine fitness with a full-time job (and also with my own business), a bunch of household chores, freelancing, blogging, writing various books, and among other things, I have a big family (six children and a wife, and everyone needs to pay attention). Later it became clear to me that all my excuses were completely meaningless.
And what are your excuses not to play sports? Let me guess. And I'll tell you how to overcome them:
2. So I have children! Yeah, and I have six, too! They are just great, we are having a great time. We play, go to the park, run and climb together. I lift them in my arms like a load, put them on my shoulders and run uphill. Exercising in front of them and with them, I set them a good example, instill good habits. This is how we combine sports and communication. If you feel like exercising alone or with your spouse, do it while they are at school or asleep. Children are, in fact, a serious reason to switch to a healthy lifestyle and be full of energy until a ripe old age.
3. Work takes up all my time and discourages me. Mine too. At one time I worked two jobs at the same time when I started my blog / business (I wrote 20 posts a week). I know very well how exhausting it is. But what if you exercise early in the morning? A great way to start the day, get in the mood for work and think about the main thing. And fitness after work will help you unwind, relieve stress, and also give you a reason to spend time with your spouse, friends or children.
5. I feel bad, my leg, arm, back, etc. hurt. If you are really sick, have chills, fever or other obvious symptoms, then sports, of course, are not the best pastime. Lie down and rest. Ditto if there are serious injuries. But very often we shut ourselves off from fitness at the slightest ailment, which in fact does not bother us. See your doctor if anything is serious. A runny nose, for example, is not a hindrance to walking or a few exercises.
6. My family does not support me. Then it's really more difficult. However, there is a way out. I take the following approach: before I change anything in my lifestyle, I first try to involve my family in it. I send them articles that I read, we discuss them together, I explain why this is important to me, etc. I turn to them for help in deciding on the new order, and then in the implementation of the plan. There is another tactic: just tell your loved ones about your desire to change your lifestyle, and if they do not support you, find like-minded people via the Internet. Be that as it may, you should be responsible for your own life, and not blame others for the failures. Live the way it is best for you, but try to convey your views to your family, and perhaps in the end they will support you.
8. It's too hard. Start with light loads. 5 minute walk or 5 push-ups. Even if it’s hard, let it be 2 instead of 5. Starting with a small load and gradually increasing it, you will see how ridiculous the excuse “I can’t do it” is. I will add that this method is the easiest way to change your habits.
9. I do not have sportswear / equipment. What is. You can go for walks in jeans and a T-shirt, and at home you can exercise in your underwear. For example, I ran barefoot many times.
10. I'm not good at it. It does not happen that it is immediately good. Everyone has to learn, and everyone was once an inept teapot. Skills come with practice. Afraid of looking stupid, study at home first. Train with other beginners to be among equals, or with a coach who will teach you how to do it.
11. I don't know how. All the same, the main thing is to start. You will learn in the process. You don't need to read a bunch of books or websites to do this. Get started right now, exercise with care so as not to harm, improve your skills. If you're worried about getting hurt, check with a fitness instructor or a friend who plays sports and knows how to do it.
13. I hate running. So don't run! There are tons of other ways to keep fit. Walking, cycling, swimming, yoga, pilates, tai chi, martial arts, strength training, dance aerobics, kickboxing, gymnastics, mountaineering, hiking, basketball, soccer, trampoline jumping. Jogging will be a joy if you start with small runs alternating with walking. And how nice it is to run through beautiful places, chatting with a good friend.
14. Non-flying weather (too cold, hot, rain, etc.). Work out at home, go to the gym or the pool. Or even give a damn about the weather and leave the house. Once I was running in the pouring rain (unparalleled sensations), doing morning exercises in the cold, carrying weights all night, and the midday heat, and the icy water of the ocean, and sandals full of sand did not interfere with me. Here is a drive!
15. No motivation. There is! There is motivation! Motivation is everywhere. She's in your mind. It is in people who achieve amazing results, and prove by their example the limitless possibilities of a person. She is in the understanding that movement can bring joy and fun, while a sedentary lifestyle is a slow death.
You can keep coming up with excuses, or you can just start moving. The choice is yours.