It’s No Excuses November!
“No excuses November” can be applied any aspect of your life from finally organising your to do list, making time for a hobby through to screen free Sundays.
As we head for the season of overindulgence, we often find ourselves slowing down when it comes to keeping active. We are all guilty of finding a way to worm out exercise when the darker evenings drawn in (after all, its perfectly natural to want to hibernate!).
Whilst we are not * quite * at the “New Year New You” social media posts, the pressure to get fit for 2023 is already here along with putting things off until the 2023 (it will soon be here).
So how do you keep active when all you want to do is sleep, eat, Netflix repeat?
We have some handy tips to help you break the excuses habit.
It’s better with friends!
Having a friend, coworker, or family member accompany you on your daily dog walk, yoga class, or workout is one of the best ways to stay accountable. Your likelihood of sticking to the plan increases when you exercise with a partner. By carpooling or paying for classes in the long run, you can save money (often there can be offers of free taster sessions or plus ones for free to help encourage new people to join).
Exercising alone in your living room with your cat, dog, or pet parrot under your feet is much less motivating than taking classes with a friend in person! It always seems like a weak excuse to dishearten someone because you just can't be bothered too – so you’re more likely to keep going.
Break your sessions up into smaller chunks – can you fit in a lunchtime walk with someone? Or after work? The dog will love you for the extra time outdoors too. Ditch the hours of slogging hard and overdoing it. There are lots of classes that hold shorter sessions at our venues, not all of them are the same.
Often there are multiple venues, times, and sessions to choose from with warm ups, cool downs and breaks accommodated for.
Leave behind the idea that you must start out flawless. Okay, so perhaps you are unfamiliar with all of the club fitness, yoga, or dancing routines, but the instructors will guide you! Everyone must start somewhere, and people frequently take time off due to illness or injury. Take comfort in the fact that everyone in the class has just started out. Sooner or later, someone who arrives more recently than you will likely be worrying about the same thing. Start small; sometimes the hardest part is simply showing up and getting through the door.
Boost your mood with music
Listening to music or podcasts is a great way to stop counting down the minutes, and thanks to music streaming services, a playlist has already been made that will fit your mood or level of energy (along with playlists like "songs with weird names" and "Make your bed!").
We have a class that will work for you no matter what you think might help you stop making excuses. Find a location close by to avoid the long drive past the drive through on the way!
Set that weekly reminder on your phone/laptop/alexa
We can easily find time to catch up with friends over the weekend when we can, binge-watch the most recent episode of our favourite TV show (hello, Netflix mindless snacking), or both. You just frequently choose not to even though you have the time. Even though we'd much rather spend our time doing something else—even if it's doom scrolling through social media —there are other ways to trick your brain into scheduling time for exercise.
Our phones, which are dopamine machines, frequently shorten our attention spans and eat up any free time we *actually* do have.
With all that in mind, if nothing else maybe we can convince you to browse our list of venues around the UK to tempt you in… it’s a start right?!
See our venues via https://bookingsguru.co.uk/our-venue-listings/ browse the timetable of classes via the Whats on pages and get in touch with the instructors now before you find the snack cupboard!
Call us on 03330 110476 Monday to Friday 9am - 5.30pm at BookingsGuru to hire the space for yourself