The truth about your common exercise excuses… - January 2nd, 2012

Happy New Year!  And of course it is time for you to sit down and think about your aspirations for 2012.  You don’t even have to sit down, just make some positive decisions about the healthy directions you are going to take in the next year.  But with these grand goals comes many excuses, especially regarding exercise.  Well, I am here to bust some of those excuses.  Here we go:

#1 “I don’t have time to exercise”

We have all heard and used this one at some point in time.  Most people have more free time than they realize.  In fact, in might be embarrassing if someone added up all the time we had here and there.  Want to know something awesome?  You don’t have to have one hour blocked off to get the workout in, but if you can do a few 15 minute activities here and there, you will be on the right path.  Exercise is probably the best thing you can do for your health on a daily basis.  You will make time for things that are important to you.  Is your health important?

#2  “I’m too tired to exercise”

I bet you are tired because you are not exercising!  Regular physical exercise and activity gives you more energy.  More often then we think, fatigue is more mental than physical.  Your fatigue may also be related to stress.  But you are in luck…physical activity helps with that as well.  Go for a brisk walk, play with your kids outside, or go for a bike ride.  You will find it energizing and stress reducing.

#3  “Resolutions never work, so why bother?”

Do you remember teachers saying that if it is ‘always’ or ‘never’ then it is not a correct statement.  It is too absolute.  I think that is a powerful statement.  No one can tell you that you can or can’t achieve your goals.  But, you CAN do everything within your control to set yourself up for success.  Will you be perfect?  Of course not.  Just jump back on track when you get derailed.  You can’t expect perfection, but you can plan for success.  You can do it and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

#4 “I don’t have money for a gym membership, home workout DVD’s or other exercise equipment.”

Well, you do have something….and that is your body weight.  And moving around that body weight takes energy and burns calories.  Get moving.  That is free!  Do is often.  Do more today than you did yesterday.  Several resistance exercise exist that involve only using your body weight.  No equipment needed.  If you have a chair in your home or even some stairs then you have even better exercise potential in front of you.  If you have the desire, you can get the workout done.  If you need ideas, drop me an email and I would be happy to help!

So there you have it, stop the excuses and just do something.  With the time you spent debating going for a walk, you could have been done already.  And I don’t hear people say that they regret having done a workout.  You only regret NOT doing it.  So…start your year with no regrets.  Go for it and tell me all about it!  I can’t wait to hear your success stories.

Happy New Year!



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