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Six Reasons you Don’t Work out (That Aren’t Your Fault)

Six Reasons you Don’t Work out (That Aren’t Your Fault)

I “should” work out more. Ever tell yourself that? I know I have. Exercise is one of those things that everyone wants to do, but only a few people really stick with. It certainly doesn’t help that skipping workouts is a “lazy” thing to do. No one wants to be called “lazy”, and every skipped workout leads to shame and regret and zero progress. Luckily, not working out doesn’t automatically mean that you’re lazy. There are perfectly valid reasons that you don’t work out. Understanding them can help you forgive yourself and be more consistent with your exercise.

1) You Don’t Know How.

When were you supposed to learn this stuff? I don’t know about you, but I never had classes on how to eat right, whether to do lifting or cardio, and what kind of exercises to do. There are a million exercise routines out there. Power lifting? Running? Bodybuilding? Crossfit? Interval training? Swimming? Sports? How are you supposed to know what works? With so many things to choose from, is it any surprise that you miss workouts? Tomorrow the new trend could make all of your workouts seem silly.

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2) You Didn’t Have a Fit Role Model.

Growing up, I knew a guy whose parents worked out daily in the house. He played four sports and was constantly practicing. When he was old enough, he joined a gym and started lifting. He was active his entire life, so was it any surprise that working out was easy for him?

Not everyone had a fit role model. In a lot of homes, exercise is hardly mentioned. If you didn’t start early, how were you supposed to know that this whole exercise thing was so important? It’s no wonder you don’t work out; no one was there to show you!

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3) It’s Lonely.

I was shocked at how lonely exercising can sometimes be. When I told people I was trying to get in shape, I was actually mocked. People said things like “why would you want to do that?” One of the most frustrating parts of working out is that it’s sometimes hard to share your successes. You don’t want to be that guy who’s always bragging about his workouts. It can be hard to celebrate success.

Until I started paying attention to my food, I never realized how much social interaction revolves around eating. People are constantly trying to feed you sweets or offering second helpings, and it’s hard to politely decline without coming across as rude.

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4) You’re Tired.

Working a 9-5 is hard. A full day of focus and energy is spent on your job. When you add in your commute, there’s hardly enough time left to do what you want to do. You still need to cook/eat dinner, do laundry, clean, and take care of adult life issues. All you want to do is relax. Even if you have the time, the thought of dragging yourself to the gym and doing all that other stuff is exhausting. You want to have time to be yourself.

5) You Don’t Have Time.

You might actually not have any time! If you don’t get home until 6 or 7pm, cook/eat, take out the trash, meet with friends, have a life to tend to, it’s hard enough to be in bed by 11pm. Morning workouts are possible, but waking up early means going to bed early or running low on sleep. There just aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything!

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6) You Don’t Feel Like You Belong.

When I started it felt like I wasn’t fit enough to be in the gym. The gym is a place for fit people, right? That’s where the super in-shape people hang out. It doesn’t feel like you belong there. It’s even worse if you aren’t sure what to do. What if everyone thinks the exercise you’re doing is stupid? What if people are judging you? The gym is intimidating.

All of these reasons can be overcome, but it’s not wrong to feel this way. Understand the reasons that you skip workouts. By doing that, you can figure out ways to overcome them.

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Last Updated on May 22, 2019

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

1. Cat Camel Stretch

Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

Here’s a video to guide you through:

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2. Go for a Walk or a Run

This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

3. Jumping Jacks

Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

4. Abductor Side Lifts

Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

5. Balancing Table Pose

This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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    6. Leg Squats

    Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

    Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

    The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

    7. Push Ups

    You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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    An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

    Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

    This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

    8. Bicycle Crunches

    There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

    Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

    9. Lunges

    Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

    Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

    This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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    10. Bicep Curls

    You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

    Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

    Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

    Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

    Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

    These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

    You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

    Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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