I always like a quote, especially one that I can turn into a blog. Recently I saw this one that I liked. "If it's important, you will find a way. If it's not, you will find every excuse not to."
Here are 5 excuses I often hear from people and some simply solutions to address them:
I Dont Have the Time to Exercise.
The easiest fall back excuse. I hear it daily! It's like my quote above... if you want it badly enough you will make time. Before work, lunchtime, afterwork…even if it's for short period of time, it's doable. A lot of us waste time sitting on the couch surfing the net and watching tv, making unnecessary journeys, etc. Start by making a time journal of your day you will be shocked!!
I Don't Have Time for Breakfast.
Funny how you always find time for pizza in the evening. Missing breakfast is health suicide..it's the most important meal of the day. Your breakfast should include a combination of protein , fat and carbohydrates and should be eaten within 30 mins of waking up. It's better to eat something rather than nothing…. a shake can be made up in less than 2 minutes! If you start the day on the rush, it tends to continue that way. If you start off the day badly, nutritionally, it tends to continue that way. All you need is a quick bit of planning the night before and you'll be good to go in the morning. It can prove to be very worthwhile!
Everyone Else was Drinking/ Eating Fried Food/ Etc
This is just peer pressure at its worst. Food pushing / meat pushing / alcohol pushing... happens more than we are aware off (think McDonald's ” Supersize” , 2 for 1 Deals, people who say ” one more drink won’t matter” … get the picture?). It's wrong people! The best solution is to avoid the situations and the people who are sabotaging your goals. If you can’t avoid the situation, plan before you get there. Devise a strategy that works for you..."I am driving tonight so no alcohol for me," "I am watching my waistline so please no dessert for me." Surround yourself with people who will support your goals. And a little trick... always keep a healthy snack in your car, purse or desk drawer. You never know when you'll need it!
Everytime I start something, I get bored/ don’t get results/ get injured
Many stumble from fad to fad, gimmick to gimmick, from hot yoga to Zumba ,P90 x to whatever...it's usually balls to the wall, all out body assault. It's no surprise that a big promise is made "lose 20 lbs in 3 weeks" that ends up coming back to slap you right in the face! Before you start a new exercise regime, ask yourself... What's the goal of this exercise? People pin all their hopes on ” Zumba” only to find it all goes wrong for them. It ends in injury, leaves a bad taste in your mouth and sets you back even further. "Nothing I do works for me.. I hate the gym now…"
Get yourself some advice, make a plan, work out what is best for you...not just for now, but over a long period of time. The old saying is "failing to plan is planning to fail."
I Don’t Know How.
Seriously, its not over complicated. Yes, I know you are trying to tell me something else (like I plain out just don’t want to do it and I am a lazy person). All you need to do is open the front door, walk around the block, take the stairs at work...simple stuff. There are more exercise opportunities than ever before...gyms, fitness clubs, yoga studios, books, videos, instructors. Start with baby steps…every exercise occasion doesn’t have to be body crushing, brain crushing and flat out dangerous. If you can’t figure it out yourself, ask some one who has more knowledge than you… it will be worth it in the long run!