That’s what most of us trainers/coaches would like to hear! Instead, we hear about the 99 problems that have been keeping you FROM your fitness!
This is one of those tough love blogs that no one likes to read but that everyone needs to read, especially if you’re currently making every excuse about why you can’t get your workout on.
So, hide your toes because I’m about to step on them.
- “I’m busy”
- “I’m going to get started soon”
- “I don’t have the time”
- “I don’t have money”
- “I have kids”
- “I’m not motivated”
- “I need to get in shape first” (yes, several have said that)
- “My work schedule sucks”,
- “I’d have to come in too early”
- “I don’t know what to do”
- “I have a stressful job”
- “My trainer is too hard on me”
Etc….you get the picture. These. Are. Excuses. I can give you another 89 of them if you’d like. The real ‘problem’ is not in the above mentioned problems, it is because you are not committed to your own health and well-being. You don’t place your health as a priority over everything else in your life.
Time is precious and there are only so many hours in a day. However, out of 168 hours in a week, I can almost guarantee you can find 3-4 of them to spend on your health. How many hours of TV do you watch per week? How much time do you spend on social media? A 2014 Business Insider Poll reported that American’s spend 2.82 hours/day watching TV and only .29 hours spent on exercise and recreational activity. Giving up 90 minutes of TV time to dedicate to your health is NOT a huge sacrifice, however, chosing the TV over your health is sacrificing your health!
What I hear more than anything is the excuse, “I’m not motivated or, “I need motivation.”
Merriam Webster defines motivation, as “the act or process of giving someone a reason for doing something”. Ok, so let’s put this in perspective. You’re telling me that you need someone to give you a reason to improve YOUR life??
- The desire to have a healthier future you isn’t enough?
- Combating disease through a healthy lifestyle isn’t enough?
- Maintaining muscle and bone mass as you go through the aging process isn’t enough?
- Investing in enjoying time with your children, grandchildren and future grand children isn’t enough?
- Exploring the world like only fit people can, isn’t enough?
You don’t need motivation, you need committment! You are only going to get this one body, that’s it. What you decide to do with it is entirely up to you. You may have to get creative with your time and your finances, but doing so can and will ensure that the body you do have will be healthier and take care of you longer!
Instead of creating 99 excuses why you can’t workout or why you haven’t made it to the gym lately, list 99 reasons why you should workout, hang it where you can see it everyday, and then commit to yourself.
Here are some of the reasons I live a fit and healthy lifestyle and workout on a regular basis:
- To defy my age.
- I enjoy the challenge.
- I can do anything with my grandson he asks me to do. All other grandparents I see are sitting on the sidelines.
- Being overweight and unfit is not fun.
- I like being strong.
- I like to continue to find my potential.
- I like the comraddery of like minded people.
- I sleep better after working out.
- My mental health is vastly better because I workout and stay fit.
- Muscles are pretty!
- Fat is not pretty!
Creating a fit and healthy lifestyle for yourself should ALWAYS be your number 1 priority!
Make your list, get committed and get in the gym!! I’ll see you there!