There are two things I absolutely hate when it comes to diet and exercise. The first thing is quick fixes, which I’ve already written about, and the second is excuses. I hate to be cliche (alright, I kind of love to be cliche), but here you go: excuses are like a$$holes, everyone’s got one and they all stink. There is only one reason not to work out and that is your doctor has told you not to. Not your mom, not your friend, not your inner voices, your doctor. Here are some of the worst, and of course I’m going to tell you why they are full of crap.
I don’t have time. Oh really? You can’t take 30 minutes three days a week out of your incredibly busy schedule for your health? Why don’t you add up the time you spend on Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/any other popular social media, and I can probably guarantee it adds up to more than 30 minutes. Also, look at the time your butt is sitting on your couch when you come home. That reason right there is probably why you’re in the health predicament you’re in right now anyway. Here’s my suggestion to you: take three to four days and write down everything you do and how long it takes you to do it. DON’T LIE!! I promise you there will be 30 minutes of crap that you can cut out of your daily routine. Your body will thank you for it. (But don’t cut reading my blog because its only going to help you ;)) And really, 30 minutes a day, three times a week is all it takes to get healthier. Its not that big of a time commitment.
I’m a mother/father and devote all my energy to my kids. Guess what? I’m a mother, too, and I know that my kid will appreciate the fact that I take care of myself. You may devote all your energy to your kids right now, but if you don’t focus some of that on your health, you won’t be doing much with them later on in life. Don’t you want to be able to climb the stadium stairs to watch your son play in that high school playoff game? Don’t you want to dance with your daughter at her wedding without gasping for air? And not to be harsh, but don’t you want to be alive for those things? Being overweight and having a sedentary (no activity) lifestyle are two major risk factors for heart disease. Instead of watching tv at night with your kids, why don’t you take a walk together? You are killing two birds with one stone…exercise and spending quality time with your kids. When you take them to the park, instead of sitting on a bench perusing Facebook or texting your friend (that’s right, I see you guys), get up and run around with them. Take them to a gym (if they are old enough) and get on a treadmill together. Being a mother/father doesn’t have to mean giving up everything, including your health, for your kids.
Exercise is painful. So don’t do the exercises that hurt. And if you’re talking about soreness, get over it. That kind of pain is your body telling you something is changing. A good change. No one has ever died from sore legs b/c they did lunges the day before. (At least not that I know of.) If you’re not in a little pain while you’re working out (and to be clear, I’m not talking about knee or shoulder joint pain), then you’re not working hard enough to change your body. If you are in the kind of pain that stems from old injuries, find an exercise that doesn’t exacerbate that pain. Talk to a trainer or a doctor to find out what you can do, because there are things you can do. Swimming is probably the best type of exercise for those whose joints hurt. And find something that you enjoy. One of the worst things in the world is doing something you hate. So don’t do those workouts, and find something else.
I can’t afford it. You do not have to join a gym to get a good workout. I trained a woman at my house today with nothing but a step stool, 5 lb weights and the floor. You don’t even have to use actual weights…find something in your house that weighs 5 lbs. The milk jug for instance. Your own body weight is perfect to workout with. Lunges, squats, push-ups, planks, tricep dips, and sit ups are all things that require NO EQUIPMENT. You can afford it, so stop being so cheap.
I’m too tired. If you can push yourself to workout 30 minutes before you go to bed or when you wake up in the morning, after a few days, you will have more energy. I know it sounds backwards, but its true. And you will sleep better at night, so you’ll be less tired during the day. Oh, and cut the sugar out of your diet. Its making you tired.
I’ve tried everything and nothing works. You clearly haven’t tried EVERYTHING. You probably tried some things for a short time, expected quick results, and when you didn’t get them, you quit. It takes at least 4 weeks to see a change. It takes 8 weeks to improve strength, and it takes 12 weeks to improve body fat percentage. Quit looking for the easy way out and stick to something.
Working out sucks. So does dying.
Here’s the deal. If you have to come up with an excuse not to work out, you obviously don’t want to. Don’t lie to yourself and don’t lie to me. Until you want to, you’ll never do it. You don’t want to look back on your life from a hospital bed thinking that you coulda, shoulda, woulda. So find the desire, find the motivation, give yourself a good swift kick in the a$$ and get healthy!!