By, a L.I.F.E contact
Starting anything new in our lives is never easy, especially if it requires learning something new like exercise, which it ALWAYS DOES! It can be like starting a new job, learning a new hobby or skill, or even beginning to know someone new in a relationship. These tasks in life are NEVER easy, especially if they have grand results that we truly desire.
This also applies to starting a new exercise plan, where you will be forced to make uncomfortable choices or try something you’ve never done before. This creates feelings of fear, which lead to making excuses as a way of avoidance. There are 5 common excuses that we use to trick ourselves into not doing what we truly desire:
“ I don’t have enough time…”
Yes you do! There are a whole 168 hours in a week. You only need to exercise for about 4 of those hours. That means you still have 164 hours in the week to do whatever else you think is more important than your health. It only takes 20-30 minutes to have a good workout, if you are working out efficiently.
“I don’t know what to do …”
You didn’t know how to tie your own shoes either, until you learned, practiced and were able to do it on your own. It’s not like you gave up and now you have 10-20 different pairs of wonderful Velcro shoes in your closet. NO!!! The very best thing you can do to learn something, is to get a professional to teach you. A personal trainer is a valuable investment to teach you the safest and most effective ways to get to your goal in the shortest amount of time while maintaining health and safety. However, there is an abundance of information and video online, which can help you move forward in your learning journey.
“I am just too old AND/OR I have injuries…”
You can literally work around ANYTHING. There are people in wheelchairs at the gyms, and even people that are missing limbs! Anyone can exercise. You simply need to find the exercises that give you results without any discomfort. This is another circumstance where a personal trainer would be incredibly helpful in guiding you through your physical limitations.
“I don’t have a support system…”
Get one! Join an online group or forum where you can meet other like-minded individuals who are on the same journey as you. You can also meet others with similar interests and goals at your local gym, recreational center or other fitness classes. Your community has a place for you to get involved if you desire. On your journey, you may have outside influences that discourage you. If this happens, do your best to ignore them and surround yourself with only positive feedback.
“I don’t have enough money…”
You must budget your spending appropriately and make a way for health. That does not mean you need to join an expensive gym or even hire a personal trainer. You can seek out some knowledge and find simple exercises you can do in your home with no equipment necessary. You can save a lot of money by preparing your meals at home, and this will also assist in controlling the contents and portion sizes of your meals.
Many experts believe that it only takes 21 days to create a new habit, whether bad or good. So, all you have to do is make it through 3 weeks of ‘programming’ and you’ll be set! I suggest printing out this page and placing it in an area you look at everyday. Being familiar with these excuses will prepare you to fight back against them throughout your short 3-week habit building experience! Just 3 weeks. GO!
It’s all proved by those who already did it!
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