There is nothing magical about getting abs. You just need to do it. It’s different for everyone though.
It could depend on your genetics, health conditions, surrounding environment, etc.
While some reasons are acceptable, others are just excuses which you tell yourself.
You are just stopping yourself from getting abs with these 9 reasons.
1) Because you will start tomorrow
How many times in life have you told yourself that you will start something tomorrow?
It’s human nature.
Okay, so tomorrow you’ll do that thing right? Wrong.
Tomorrow, you’ll tell yourself the same thing you told yourself today.
You will promise yourself to do it the next day… and the next day… and the next day…
Where does it end? It doesn’t.
You’ll never lose weight by telling yourself that you’ll start tomorrow. You’ll never get abs by telling yourself you’ll start tomorrow.
And then one day you will tell yourself, “Oh well, I guess I’ll just refresh my wardrobe with a size or two larger so that I can fit into clothes and have some room to grow.”
Things will soon spiral out of control just because you think you’ll start exercising or doing ab workouts “tomorrow”.
Start today. Start right now.
2) Because it is too cold outside
They tell you that you should be taking a 30 minute walk a day. If not, then let me tell you right now: you should be walking or doing a cardio execise for at least 30 minutes a day.
There have been a bunch of academic studies done on this. In general some level of activity everyday is healthy for the body.
Now you know to go for at least a walk a day.
But then you tell yourself, “it’s hard to go for such long walks when it is cold outside” right?
Maybe it’s winter and there’s a lot of snow on the ground? Maybe it’s monsoon season?
Of course you would walk indoors but your place isn’t that big. You would get dizzy walking in circles around the kitchen for more than one or two laps.
So what are you supposed to do?
You’re only coming up with excuses. How about you come up with some solutions?
Here are some of the things that I do:
a) Dress warmly
Its cold outside. So wear a sweater and/or a winter jacket.
Wear thermal underwear and undershirts and make sure to wear waterproof insulated boots.
Don’t forget to accessorize with a toque, gloves, and a scarf.
It’s that simple. If you live in a place where the weather gets extreme, I’m sure you have something in your wardrobe for that.
Okay, so sometimes the weather gets too extreme to go out. In that case, read the the next point.
b) Substitute a walk with another cardio exercise
The reason for the 30 minute walk is to get yourself moving for 30 minutes.
If you can’t walk because of the weather or space issues, then how about doing some other exercise? One which makes you move but doesn’t need that much space?
Here are two exercises which are great to do on the spot:
1) Jumping Jacks
Here’s a video on how to do a jumping jack:
Here’s a video on how to do a burpee:
c) Join the gym
Although gyms may sound expensive, most have a monthly fee which is cheaper than buying a latte a day.
Plus, it’s an investment for your long term health, so don’t consider it a waste of money.
But make sure you use the gym if you have a membership, otherwise it is a waste.
Gyms are useful because they have great equipment which is generally too expensive to buy on your own.
If you’re looking for a 30 minute exercise, I recommend using the treadmill. If that’s too easy, try a faster speed or walking on an incline.
To vary your routine, you can also try the elliptical or exercise bicycle for 30 minutes.
d) Get your own exercise equipment
If you have the money and are looking for convenience (or if you are an introvert and prefer the company of yourself), you can buy a treadmill or elliptical to keep at home.
Many people put their workout equipment in their basement.
What if you don’t have a basement or your living space is too small? Well, some treadmills (and other types of exercise equipment) can fold up for better storage.
The price of treadmills can range from a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars.
You don’t have to spend thousands on a good treadmill.
Unless you want all the bells and whistles (which you don’t need if you want to go for a 30 minute walk a day), get a simple one.
3) Because you are too tired
(after a long day at the office)
It’s tiring. The daily 9 to 5 grind. But 9 to 5 isn’t just 9 to 5 when you take into account traffic right?
Some of you might even be doing night shifts or weekends.
Where do the hours go? Where do the days go? A year later and you’re still doing the same old routine.
It’s tiring day in and day out.
By the time you settle in at home, have a decent meal, you’re so tired. You just want to watch that TV show you’ve been waiting for all week long.
Maybe you’ll browse Facebook for a bit and then drift off to sleep.
Who has time for fitness or even abs?
Not you because you had a long day.
Everyones situation is different.
There are people who work harder and longer than you.
There are people with more kids than you.
There are people who have more physical problems and illnesses than you.
Yet they all find time for fitness – but you can’t?
Being too tired to do something is just an excuse – especially if it is for your health.
I promise that if you exercise more often, you will feel like you have more energy. You will be able to do more with your time.
4) Because you are waiting for the New Year
(so that it can be official as your new year’s resolution)
This is one of my favorite excuses!
Why? Because instead of putting something off every day until the next day or week and spending all that mental energy convincing yourself, you can put it off until the next year and then you don’t have to think about it for a while.
Stop letting the calendar rule your life!
If you’re not going to start today, you’re probably not going to start next year.
Plus, that’s time wasted. You could’ve been ahead in life – now you’re behind.
Forget the new year, spring, new beginnings, etc. – Start Now.
5) Because you are looking for a quick magical solution
If you really want a quick solution, then use these Ab Enhancers, just don’t expect them to be permanent.
It’s quick and the results look realistic enough. But you’re only fooling yourself. (also, why does the guy look more tan and muscular in the arms after using the Ab Enhancer?)
Besides, how long can you keep that charade up?
There is no “quick” way to get abs.
There is only hard work and perseverance. Sometimes it takes weeks and sometimes it takes months.
How dedicated are you?
6) Because you are looking for an easy solution
If getting abs was easy, then everyone would have them right?
Imagine that you could just drink some type of potion three times a day for a week and you would have abs.
Oh, and go ahead and eat whatever you want. That sounds great and super easy!
When has anything (which is worth something) been that easy? Never.
7) Because you don’t want to change your diet
I get it. You have a routine.
You like to go to the same places for lunch during the week with your co-workers.
You like to go out on Friday and/or Saturday nights.
You like to order in on Sundays so that you can rest and not cook or have to leave the house.
I get it.
Who doesn’t want to be socially accepted in the circles in which they converse?
But, unless you go on a healthy diet and change what you eat for the better, you will have a harder time getting in shape.
Did you know that diet is one of the most important components for living a healthier lifestyle?
It’s also the most important thing to consider when trying to get abs.
If I could give you one piece of advice, I would say that you need to evaluate what’s going into your stomach.
If you can’t change and if you need to satisfy your cravings, then you are hurting your chances of ever getting abs.
8) Because you like to binge
Maybe you had a bad day at work? Maybe you lost your job and it has made you upset?
Maybe you got dumped? Maybe someone was mean to you?
So what do you do? Have a pity party? or a pizza party with an invite for one – YOU.
How about a full bucket of fried chicken? Or an entire jumbo bag of chips? Or an entire carton of mint chocolate chip ice cream?
Sometimes life just sucks and brings us down.
No one wants to feel crappy.
So we try to make things better by making ourselves feel better by eating comfort foods that we enjoy.
While it may make you feel better, it is only temporary. It is only doing more harm than good for your body – especially in the long run.
The best thing would be to binge on celery, but that’s never gonna happen is it? Celery is just not binge food material.
Instead of eating straight out of the bag or carton, try to take a portion in a plate, bowl, or napkin. Put the rest away.
That way, you’re limiting yourself and not letting it get out of control.
Sometimes people eat just because it is in front on them. Out of sight, hopefully out of mind.
9) Because you haven’t set a S.M.A.R.T. goal
It’s easy to set a goal. Anyone can set a goal on a whim.
Here’s a goal: “I want to travel the world.”
What does that even mean?
Does that mean that I need to visit another country? Visit every country? Go around the Earth in a hot air balloon? Travel as far as I can for 30 days?
That goal is too broad and open to interpretation. It’s not specific. It’s not S.M.A.R.T.
It works the same way in fitness.
Your goal is: “I want abs.”
Yeah, you and everyone else. That’s nice.
You need to set a S.M.A.R.T. goal. What’s that you ask?
S.M.A.R.T. is an acronym which stands for the following words:
- Achievable or Attainable
- Results-focused or Realistic
- Timely or Time-bound
Here is a great guide on Writing S.M.A.R.T. goals.
So, instead of having a goal like:
“I want abs”, try something more along these lines:
“Within 4 months, I want to lose 20 lbs (from my stomach) and tone my abs so that I can see an outline of a six pack.”
Here is another example by ACE Fitness using “I will lose weight.” as a not so smart goal and how to turn it into a smart one.
These are just a few reasons (or “excuses”) why you will never have abs.
Leave a comment below because I want to know –> what excuse do you always tell yourself?