I know I need to exercise more often, but I'm very good at making excuses to skip my sessions. In the Western world, life is always busy and many of us struggle to fit even 30 minutes of exercise 3 times a week into our schedules. I had even prioritized getting fit as part of my overall goal for improved health and well-being this year, but admittedly, I've veered off track. My sore arms from playing frisbee on the weekend confirm that I've got to do something more to improve my overall physical well-being.
I had some IT band issues in April after starting my goal of working out 3 times a week, which was part of my goal to improve health and well-being for 2017. And after doing some recovery stretching and taking it easy for the last 2 months, I'm having difficulty getting back into a routine. I've added 3 workouts and 2 yoga sessions to my weekly schedule after work and on the weekends, but over the last two months of starting up again, I've only achieved completing my exercises 1-2 times per week. My excuses usually revolve around not working out after eating dinner, it being too late/working late or me being too tired. And it bums me out when I look back at my tracking sheet and know I didn't reach my 3+ times per week of exercise.
Every person is different, as are their motivations, and after assessing how I’m doing thus far, I need to get my rear in gear! Even though I have some physical limitations (namely a bad knee and an easily agitated IT band), I know I can make some changes to improve my health and I want to lose a few inches around the waistline. But without the cost of a gym membership or personal trainer. I never expect to be an athlete, but a few home workouts per week is certainly achievable. I just have to get motivated and put my mind to the task. Part of the excuse is that I haven’t found any online videos that work well for me. Most of the ‘female friendly’ workouts I find too bubbly/ditsy to really be engaging (although he workouts themselves are good) and a few others that I’ve come across, I get bored easily or distracted because all the trainer says during the video is ‘Lets go’, ‘You can do it’, ‘Almost there’, ‘Stay with it’, which motivates some people but just annoys the hell out of me... I also tried an audio app called Aaptiv (two-week free trial available with the code AAPTIV2WEEKS), which I didn’t use as much as I would have liked, but also found it would ideally work best for runners and that it didn’t work well for me (I prefer to have visuals to follow as I work out).
All that said, I'm generally not a morning person, but to avoid my common after work excuses, I will be moving to morning sessions for September. I have my yoga and stretches ready, but I certainly need to find a few more engaging videos to pump up my motivation levels. If you have any suggestions, post a video link :)
I'm a 20-something woman working my way through life in Canada, traveling when I can afford it and seeking out my passions one day at a time.