Here are the top 8 excuses for avoiding a real commitment to better health and fitness. There might be something in here to help keep you on track or something you can use to help others.
# 1 EXCUSE = “I HAVE NO TIME!!!”
# 1 SOLUTION = MAKE TIME! That may sound too simple but this comes down to having the attitude that your health and fitness time is a priority. Book it in like an appointment and keep it like you would any other important appointment. Or make a real appointment to see a trainer! Sure things come up – you may miss the odd training session – so then make another time! We cannot save time – but we can choose how we spend it! There are 168 hours in a week – all you need is 3! Presidents, prime ministers and Mother’s of 6 make time and so can anyone who REALLY tries.
# 2 EXCUSE = “IT’S BORING GOING TO THE GYM OR EXERCISING”
# 2 SOLUTION = A If you don’t enjoy it – you probably aren’t getting results! How can you not enjoy feeling more alive? Set small – achievable goals so that you can see progress! B Change your attitude! You get to choose what you enjoy or don’t – a feeling is not forced upon you but developed by your own thoughts and the way you choose to perceive. Try reading a self-help book! C See a trainer, try some classes, workout with a friend, play some sport, walk in a park – all you need to do is move and there a thousand options for anyone who’s looking.
# 3 EXCUSE = “I CAN’T AFFORD A GYM OR TRAINER”
# 3 SOLUTION = BULL-DUST! If you ever question how much you may be spending on your health and fitness – try questioning some of the others things you spend money on. Drinking? Smoking? Your car? Clothes? Eating out? Your Phone? Coffee? Are these more important than your one and only body? And last time I checked going for a walk in the park or doing some push ups in your back yard doesn’t cost a cent.
# 4 EXCUSE = “I DON’T HAVE THE ENERGY – I’M TOO UNFIT TO GO TO THE GYM”
# 4 SOLUTION = The energy will not just come to you. You have to earn it by investing it! The more energy you expend the more energy you will have! You don’t have to run a marathon in week 3 of “your new regime”. You just have to start from where you now are and move safely and progressively to where you want to be and it does not have to cause any pain!
# 5 EXCUSE = “I AM JUST NOT MOTIVATED”
# 5 SOLUTION = REASON! Find a reason! “Motivation is a fire from within”! You have to have your reasons and hold them high! It is natural to go up and down but keep trying and you will win! If you accept that statement to be your truth you are losing to your own philosophy and it is a very bad philosophy/attitude and it is one that you have to change if you will ever change. The first change is always mental!
# 6 EXCUSE = “I AM TOO OLD AND HAVE NEVER DONE IT BEFORE”
# 6 SOLUTION = So if you’re old you should be wise enough to know that fear can be an irrational servant. If you allowed the attitude of “I’ve never done it before” to guide your decisions you would have never walked, never talked, never made friends, never had sex, never got a job, never got a car, never got married, never had kids, never traveled, never tasted fine foods or wines and pretty much never done anything. Old dogs don’t have to learn “new tricks” to enjoy better health and fitness (most things involved are quite natural and normal)- but they do have to have an open mind.
# 7 EXCUSE = “I WOULDN’T KNOW WHAT TO DO OR WHERE TO START”
# 7 SOLUTION = Start at home or with a friend or go to a personal trainer or gym classes or a great gym where you get a personalized program. Any respectable fitness professional will only meet you where you are at and will guide you accordingly but if you can’t access a trainer find a knowledgeable friend or colleague or join a group offering some guidance. It’s not rocket science but some guidance will help.
# 8 EXCUSE = “I HAVE INJURIES OR ILLNESS”
# 8 SOLUTION = Then you do need to be careful. Seek professional medical AND fitness assistance from someone that knows what they are doing (that includes medical and fitness people – there are good and bad in both professions). Even still in most cases of injury, illness and disease – improvements can be made and better health and fitness can be enjoyed.
Most excuses are in your head and require a change of attitude and maybe a little problem solving.
Before physical change there must be mental change. Embrace it!
Next step in the 12 week process = Putting it all together