The hardest part about getting in shape is staying motivated. With a busy schedule and the demands of life, it almost seems impossible to find time to maintain a consistent exercise routine. At Balanced, we value your time and want you to get the most out of your gym visit.
Our personal trainer Brandon Cheeks is an expert in high-intensity efficiency and is no stranger to hearing unmotivated excuses. The top three reasons his clients use for breaking their fitness schedules, cancelling workout appointments and failing on diets are traveling, no time and lack of resistance to junk foods. To turn your New Year’s fitness resolution into a long-term lifestyle change, Cheeks offers this advice next time you think about skipping a workout.

Excuse 1: I’ll be out of town and won’t have a place workout.

Whether traveling for work or on vacation, be sure to pack your workout gear, remembering to bring the right shoes. No one enjoys doing exercising in jeans or running in loafers. Before departure, make sure to research fitness facilities or parks in the area you’re planning to visit. Most cities have gyms offering discounted daily rates for short-term guests. Can’t find a gym? Poor weather outside? Get creative! Use a parking garage or hotel stairwell, plus you can always just drop in place and do some pushups and sit ups.

Excuse 2: I’m too busy. I don’t have time for a daily workout.

It only takes 20 to 30 minutes to get the amount of cardiovascular exercise you need to maintain a fit, healthy body. Effective time management is crucial in all phases of life and it’s no different for meeting your fitness goals. You know your daily schedule, so plan workout times accordingly. Keeping workouts short and intense will be effective, and keep you on schedule. For those stressed for time, look into high-intensity interval training, or H.I.I.T. to maximize the time you have for exercise.

Excuse 3: I can’t pass up on dessert.

If you are keeping your scheduled workouts a priority, go ahead and enjoy a few treats. We all have those “Oops, I shouldn’t have eaten that,” moments, but since your exercising regularly, there’s no need to panic. Instead of sitting around watching television after a big meal, plan a calorie-burning activity. Go for a bike ride or a walk and if you just can’t miss your favorite evening TV shows, there’s always time for 10 or 20 push ups during commercial breaks.

No matter your location or how little time you think you have, you are in control of your fitness. Also, if you regularly workout, you won’t have to worry that much about what you’re eating, and that’s a win-win!

For more motivation from Brandon Cheeks, check out his article “The Season of Falling” (pages 114-115) in The G.O.O.D.S Magazine.

You can also meet Brandon and our other personal trainers and instructors by clicking here.