We are all human.  As such, we can often be very clever at devising reasons and excuses NOT to exercise.  Below is a list of  some of the more common excuses, and some really good reasons why they’re total crap!

But I’m tired and had a long hard day! You may be feeling tired and lethargic, but you should know that exercise will give you more energy!  We understand that sometimes finding the energy to exercise is the toughest part.  But even just a bit of exercise will get more oxygen pumping into your system, which will equal energy galore.  Start small in your mind.  Tell yourself you’ll do just do a light workout.  Next thing you know, you may decide that since you’re already doing it, you may as well put in a bit more effort!  Once you really get moving, you’ll be surprised at how great you feel.  The prescription for the end-of-day blues is to drop into the Zone and work out your frustrations, see your friends, and end the day RIGHT.

But I deserve a rest!Don’t be a couch potato!  Active rest is the key.  Scale back, stay active.  As Coach Turts shared with us in a post from awhile ago, “CrossFit is all about being a well-rounded person, so take time to try out different activities or some that you haven’t practiced in a while.  It will be good for your body to experience different planes of motion and respond to different stimuli.  It will also be good for your mind, allowing some distraction that through its difference refreshes your motivation and enjoyment of movement.”  So take a rest, but keep on moving!

But I feel depressed, stressed or too angry! Exercise is a proven mood booster!  Endless research has shown that exercise leads to the release of certain neurotransmitters in the brain that alleviate both physical and mental pain.  In layman’s terms, exercise helps to reduce stress and frustration and improves your mood.  People who regularly work out handle stressful situations more easily and tend to suffer less anxiety and depression.  If you’re super bothered?  Try a form of exercise that doesn’t require you to concentrate, like swimming or running, and you may find that you are able to solve irritating problems as you exercise.

But I don’t have time! We’re only asking for an hour.  COME ON.  Prioritize!  Bottom line, be creative with your time.  You can get a great workout in 60 minutes, the amount of time you spend watching a really bad show on TV.  At the risk of oversimplifying, we all make time for the things that we make time for.  Period.  Once you decide to elevate exercise a few notches higher on the priority list, it’s time to rethink some of the other things that are eating away at your time.  Rethinking how you spend your time also helps to keep in mind the reasons why you’ve decided to place a higher priority on fitness.  You are more likely to keep making time for exercise if those reasons remain close to your heart!

But I’m getting too old for this! Uh,NOPE!  Exercise is an ageless activity, and it’s the closest thing we have to the fountain of youth.  Exercise may not erase the wrinkles on your skin, but it will increase your energy level, help you maintain a healthy body weight, reduce stress, allow you to live longer and better, and renew your confidence.  And that’s just for starters.  In fact, research shows that exercise is the best medicine we have for helping us age gracefully!

But I feel too fat today! This one might sound stupid… but I KNOW you ladies have had days like this!  That’s all the more reason why you should go to the gym.  If you feel embarrassed by your physical condition, remember that you don’t belong to one of those super fancy, ultra-trendy gyms.  We have a friendly neighbourhood type gym where you’re guaranteed not to feel out of place.  Most people are far too worried wondering what people think of them to take notice of others.  Honestly, they don’t spend time thinking you’re silly, because they’re too busy thinking that YOU think THEY’RE silly…

But I’m too sore! Soreness is normal. It’s normal when you’re a beginner, and even when you’ve been at it for a long time!  Muscle soreness is actually great news, because it means you got a decent workout, and your body is responding to the work you’re doing.  Some discomfort is a great sign that you’re shaking things up in your body!  But despite your soreness you should still be able to function.  If you can hardly walk, or your muscles are positively aching with every movement, you may not be thrilled to workout again.  You could try keeping things light in the gym, and see if moving around helps things feel better.  Or, if you know your body well and you think a rest is in order, taking a day off instead is probably a good idea.

In summation, try to remember that doing something is always better than doing nothing. I don’t know many people who complete a great workout and regret having done it…. do you?

Today’s Workout:

Buy-in: Deadlift 6 x 3 – working up to a heavy touch-and-go (no drops, no pauses!!!) 3 reps.  If unfamiliar with the lift, work technique with 5×5

WOD:  “Little Burpy Nicole”

Nicole is a classic CF wod that is an AMRAP of 400m runs and max pullups in 20 minutes.  The full version can wreak havoc on your pulling muscles, so we’ve toned the volume of pullups down while still providing a really strong stimulus!

AMRAP in 15 minutes of:

  • 200m run
  • 15 pullups/15burpees – every second round, perform burpees INSTEAD of pullups

Zone 4:  scale to 10 pullups/burpees a round

Zone 3:  scale to 6 pullups/burpees a round

Zone 2: scale to assisted pullups – 10 OR 6 per round

Zone 1: scale as needed

Cash-Out: Stretch Lats, Calves, Hip Flexors


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