Friday, April 30, 2010

Excuses - What Excuses!

This was sent to me last week. It's a good read and makes you think 'are you in this for the long term or are you just trying for a quick fix?' Which in my opinion never works.


I wanted to talk today about excuses for why many people don't workout or miss workouts. Here's a common theme I see all the time at the gym...

Somebody that was doing well working out and finally starting to get results at the gym all of the sudden stops coming in for several months. When they eventually come back and start working out again a couple months later, they're usually back in horrible shape, have gained back all the weight or more, and lost most of their strength gains that they worked so hard for.

So while talking to them, I'll ask where they have been the last couple months, and that's when the excuses start... Perhaps it was that they had a special assignment at work and have been "too busy" to work out lately -- Or perhaps it was that they had a shoulder or arm injury so they thought that they couldn't work out during this time -- Or perhaps they had a knee, ankle, or leg injury so they thought they couldn't work out. -- Or perhaps they were busy with house renovations, or family issues, or too busy with the kids, etc, etc, etc... excuse, excuse, excuse.

You can see where I'm going with this... if your health & fitness and how you look and feel is important to you, then there is no such thing as an excuse. Either you want it, or you don't, and it's either going to be a priority in your life, or it's not! After all, your health and fitness determines not only how good you're going look and feel every day that you're on this planet, but also how long you'll exist on this earth to enjoy the time you have with your friends and family...

So with all of that said, why wouldn't you make your fitness a priority in your life!

Here's my opinion on the example excuses above...

*Excuse #1 - Too busy at work:
Ok, so why don't you squeeze in really brief but really intense 5 minute workouts before and after work each day... after all, that's only 10 minutes of your time, and despite popular belief you CAN stay in excellent shape working out as little as 5 or 10 minutes a day (as long as your time is well spent with the right exercises and right intensity).

Part two tomorrow

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