You know very well you need to get going and get some exercise into your life to help you meet your health and fitness goals but do you sometimes find reasons or excuses why you shouldn’t do it?
“But I get so tired”. The reason you get tired is because your fitness level is low. With a proper exercise program it won’t take long for you to increase this thereby giving you more energy throughout the day. As your strength, stamina and endurance increase you will find you can get more done each day and can pack so much more of the things you enjoy into your life.
“I would like to lose weight first.” Doing any kind of extra physical activity uses additional calories and increases your metabolism which is the rate your body burns fuel. This will give you a better fat burning body and will get you on the way to your fat loss goals a lot quicker than being inactive.
“I’m so out of shape and overweight ” Everyone has to start somewhere – so start where you are now! There really is no way you can achieve instant weight loss or an improved fitness level. If you get started now and each week increase your activity level just a little, in just a few months from now you will be leaner, stronger, slimmer, more energetic, and healthier. This is a far better option that not getting started and staying the same or even worse being in worse shape than you are today.
“I was doing really well until I got sick (or busy, or visitors came or I went on vacation…)” Quitting your exercise program and giving up because you missed a day, a week, or even longer makes as much sense as eating the whole packet of biscuits because you ate three! No person, no schedule or program is ever perfect. If this is going to become part of your life long term, you need to be as consistent but as flexible as possible.
Do you have any other negative thoughts, beliefs and attitudes about exercise?
You know everybody does but the trick is to learn to counter them in a positive way. Instead of saying, “exercise is boring” or “I don’t like exercise”, say, “being active gives me the opportunity to make myself feel better and calmer and I know this will help me reach my health, fitness and weight loss goals.
You can probably come up with plenty of reasons (excuses) for why you are not more active. You are too young, you are too old, you are too busy, you are too tired or you are in pretty good shape – for your age. But with few exceptions, these excuses are pretty flimsy aren’t they? There is really no excuse unless you happen to be paralyzed from the neck down.