We know the main excuses for not going to the gym. You’re too tired, too busy, or too comfortable on the couch. But you can be more creative than THAT, right?
A new survey asked people for the most ridiculous excuse they’d ever used to get out of working out. Here are the five best . . .
- “I couldn’t go to the gym because my psychic said I was going to get a call from an old flame.”
- “I just did an eating contest and I can’t move.”
- “I slipped a disc putting on running socks.”
- “I couldn’t find a parking space at the gym so I didn’t go in.”
- “I was about to go, but my roommate had a coupon for 50% off at Dominos.”
Here are five compliments men never get tired of hearing . . .
- “You look sexy when you cook.” Telling him he looks sexy while doing an everyday task makes him feel more appreciated than just telling him he’s hot.
- “I feel safe with you.” Men like to feel like they can take care of you . . . so knowing you feel protected is an ego boost.
- “I love how determined you are when you set your mind to something.” Guys love being complimented for being decisive.
- “I told my friends how lucky I am to have you.” Guys love when you brag about them to your girlfriends.
- “Have you been working out?” Men don’t usually get as many compliments about their looks as women do, so he’ll appreciate it when he hears it.
There’s a new survey about women’s showering habits . . . just women, not men. And that’s probably a GOOD thing. Because if WOMEN are this gross, we can’t even IMAGINE how guys would’ve fared. Check it out . . .
Only 21% of women say they shower daily . . . which means four out of five DON’T.
33% of women go as long as THREE DAYS between showers.
Two-thirds of women don’t remove all of their makeup before they go to bed . . . and one in eight don’t brush their teeth every night.
89% of women say they WISH they had better hygiene . . . but say they’re just too tired at the end of the night to do a full cleaning regimen.
Everyone’s still trying to figure out what was REALLY going on with Solange Knowles and Jay-Z in that elevator. Unless you’ve been under a rock, you heard about Beyoncé’s little sister going ballistic on her brother-in-law at the Standard Hotel in New York City after the Met Gala last week.
If the Daily Mail is to be believed, Jay actually started it. Apparently he got mad because two of Solange’s friends kept trying to use his name to get into the party. When he told her that her friends couldn’t do that, she was ready to go. On the way out, Jay said that he wanted to go to Rihanna’s party at Up & Down. He also said that he wouldn’t need extra security because Bey wasn’t joining him. Solange – who seemed drunk and irritated – said, “Why can’t you go home?” She turned to her sister and said, “Why does your husband need to go to the club right now?” He shot back, “You’re one to talk,” and that was all she needed to go off. That’s when they got in the elevator and all hell broke loose.
Another source of contention between Jay and Solange is her career. He promised her that they’d sit down and write a banger, and it hasn’t happened yet. She’s tired of being in the shadows. Of course, reps for Bey, Jay, and Solange are keeping this on the hush.
The next time you’re on the couch creating your ultimate workout playlist, AND avoiding the gym in the process, here’s something to help. Researchers in the U.K. created the ultimate WORKOUT PLAYLIST . . . based on SCIENCE.
Sports psychologists in London looked at 6.7 million Spotify playlists that had the word “workout” in the title. Then they analyzed the beats per minute of each song, to figure out the perfect type of music for each PORTION of a workout.
For example, when you’re warming up, cooling down, or doing something aerobic, you should listen to POP music . . . because you want music with a regular rhythmic pattern for stuff that tends to be repetitive.
For jogging, the best thing to listen to is RAP, because the number of beats per minute match up well with the average person’s stride rate.
And when you’re lifting weights, DANCE music is best, because it’s faster and has a lot of bass.
The researchers say you should NEVER listen to ROCK, because most rock songs have changes in rhythm, which can mess with YOUR rhythm. The study didn’t say anything about country.
And here are the specific examples they came up with for the PERFECT workout playlist . . . from warm-up to cool-down.
1. To get mentally prepared and psyched up . . . listen to “Roar” by Katy Perry. It has 92 beats per minute.
2. While you’re stretching, “Talk Dirty” by Jason Derulo. 100 beats per minute.
3. For an aerobic warm-up, “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk. 116 beats per minute.
4. For a moderate cardio workout, “Timber” by Pitbull and Ke$ha. 130 beats per minute.
5. For a more intense cardio workout, “Applause” by Lady Gaga. 140 beats per minute.
6. For REALLY intense cardio, “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. 147 beats per minute.
7. For weight lifting, “The Monster” by Eminem and Rihanna. 110 beats per minute. Which isn’t really ‘dance’ music, but the other examples they gave were British.
8. And to cool down, “Burn” by Ellie Goulding. 86 beats per minute.
When it’s a REALLY tough workout, you’re also supposed to choose songs that remind you of your YOUTH, because they subconsciously help motivate you to power through when you’re tired.
(Check out the full list of songs here.)