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Get Motivated: You Don't Have to be Perfect

Get Motivated: You Don't Have to be Perfect

It's nearly impossible to be perfect in health so try to relax a little.

Last night I was running tight on time and was starting to stress that I was not going to make it to the gym for a full workout. I usually like to spend a good hour doing my exercises (cardio and strength training) but I only had about 30 minutes to get in and out. Instead of not going because I wasn't going to be able to do the entire workout, I just sucked it up and did the best I could in the time I had. In the end I felt really good and was reminded that I'm not perfect and that's alright.

If you can't always fit in a full 30-minute cardio workout followed by weights and stretching, it's OK. As long as you make every effort to fit in exercise and eat right whenever you have the opportunity, you're still way ahead of the game. Don't beat yourself up, just move on and enjoy your life.


moonlite moonlite 9 years
I agree! I have a crazy summer school schedule so on some days I wake up early to jog because I know I won't be able to do it in the evening. If there's not enough time to run the full 3 mile route, I just run 1 mile. At first I grumbled about not having enough time, but now I think it's helped me. I now try to run a mile as fast as I can, and it's helped my 3-mile time. It actually works in my favor!
Halloween31 Halloween31 9 years
Completely agree! If you are not able to do your full work-out do whatever you can. A little tip I read somewhere: It is better to start with weights and finish with a cardio work out if you are trying to loose weight.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
So true! Sometimes I get really paranoid if I don't do my "full" workout, but I realize that at least I'm doing something instead of nothing. When I was in Ukraine for 2 weeks, I had very little opportunities to work out and sometimes I just ran in place for 10 minutes and did jumping jacks and burpees for a while or ran stairs for a while. Even though I didn't do hardcore workouts, I felt a little better knowing I was at least doing SOMETHING.
ella1978 ella1978 9 years
I've worried about this sometimes too, especially if I'm doing morning workouts & need to get home to shower and change before heading for the train to make it on time... I never really think that I can add on a few minutes the next time, or that I'm doing better than most of the people I am around all day. It's amazing how sedentary most people are.. and amazing some are still thinner than I am. That's aggravating. I guess the bonus is that my heart is in better shape!
FoxyJo FoxyJo 9 years
Wow! I had a bad experience at the gym last night too! (Well, I thought it was bad) I had THE WORST stomach cramps all afternoon at work and was worried I wouldn't make it to my 5:15 Kwando class. But, I made myself go hoping the high intensity of the class would take my mind off my stomach cramps. It is usually a 45min class but 30 mins into it I HAD to pack up my stuff and rush home! I prayed the whole way home because the way I felt something was going to come out of somewhere! I hated having to leave because I am trying to get back on track with the gym but in the least I got 30mins instead of nothing!
jkat jkat 9 years
I wonder at what time the cost/benefit ratio tips the scale in favor of not working out. I know that in theory even 10 minutes is better than none. But in reality, changing, getting sweaty and changing back (possible showering) for 10 or 20 minutes just might not be worth it in terms of schedule interruption. Sometimes it is better for me to skip that day and finish all the other tasks on my plate, if it means I will have more time the next day to do an awesome workout (the alternative being another abbreviated workout the next day b/c I had to stop all my tasks the day before for my 10-20 min.) Of course this logic wouldn't work if it was for more than a day or two of skipped workouts.
ameliajc ameliajc 9 years
good advice. this is a big problem for me. sometimes i'll skip something if i can't do the entire workout. better to do a little than none!
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
I think it's always better to do at least what limited time allows than nothing at all.
MindayH MindayH 9 years
Agreed. Even the short workouts keep me on track with my gym routine. Once I miss one day it is easy to miss 2 then 3 days
NatureMadeLisa NatureMadeLisa 9 years
Doing something is better then nothing at all. So true.
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