We’re in the middle of the year, the monsoon season during the summer months are the time of the year when excuses to skip workouts grow in numbers. Blame it on the humidity in the air combined with the relentless heat that makes us sluggish or it is fact that our appetite has taken a hit during these months, which has resulted in a drop in your energy levels and the number of workouts.
Enter Jillian Michaels. Not only will her advice help you reframe your perspective but also helps you look at a situation can help you motivated to avoid skipping your workout. Her simple way of looking a the most common workout excuses can help take you find a way around them. The advice that she shares with Shape.com is simple yet highly effective.
If working out has become a chore do what’s convenient for you
According to Jillian, since getting in a workout after a long day of work can seem like a punishment, your workout has to be convenient enough to cater to your needs. If the distance and motivation is the issue, “Do it in your living room. Equipment, no equipment, up to you.” All you need is 10 minutes in the day to squeeze in a workout that’ll make you feel much better.
If you’re conscious about what people who watch you think about you, you need to put blinders on
There’s only one simple solution to this problem, you need to put blinders on and stop letting what others think affect you or your workouts. Turning a blind eye to other people’s opinion seem to the best solution. “Who gives a f*ck if anybody’s watching you at the gym?” Besides she’s herself is quite observant in the gym. Her take? “their form is horrendous.”
If fitness classes/gym memberships are expensive find an inexpensive setup or workout without one
The problem arises if when you pick a fancy gym or try several different types of activities or group classes. “There are places you can go and pay ten bucks a month and just use the gym,” she says. “Or you can go outside and be active. If you live where there’s water, kayak, paddleboard, go for a hike, go for a jog, go for a bike ride.”
If you’re shy or scared to try out a new class
Simple solution: Just stick to what you’re comfortable with, she says. “I mean I’m supposed to tell you not to care what other people think but I answered that already elsewhere and there are certain things I’m just unwilling to do in public.”
If you’re struggling to find the find no matter what
Michaels recommends carving out time in your schedule every week, no matter how crazy your life is. Shoot for four half-hour sessions a week, she says. “If you don’t have time to go to the gym, don’t go to the gym. If you need to be a little sweaty at the office, the world’s not going to end.”
If you’re avoiding the gym because you’re having a periods
Sometimes an “excuse” is a legit reason to skip a workout, and this is definitely one of them in Michaels’ opinion. “Girl, stay home,” she says. “Take a rest day. You can watch Netflix. It’s okay.”