I’ve heard every excuse in the book for postponing starting a workout program. One of my favorites is “I’ll wait until Monday to start.” Just like waiting to start that term paper when you were in school or waiting to do your taxes, waiting even one extra minute to start getting fit is just an excuse to postpone it. Unlike the term paper or taxes, there’s no defined deadline, so with exercise, Monday never comes. It’s always next week. Also unlike taxes and the term paper, fitness isn’t a one shot deal where you start and are finished in the same day.
Another excuse, which I truly understand, is that life is too hectic now to start.
There are all types of reasons for a hectic life. It could be an upcoming special occasion, work related or saddest of all, a sick family member. All of these are stressful events. Here is where some people disagree with me, but scientific study shows it’s true. People in stressful situations need to carve out time for themselves to workout, even if it’s just ten minutes at a time throughout the day. Exercise actually shouldn’t be a chore, but a way of taking care of yourself and lifting some of the stress. Exercise is a stress buster that can build energy and help you sleep better at night so you can handle all the problems and stressful issues life hands you.
Affordability is an issue for putting off fitness.
Doing jumping jacks costs nothing but time. If you’re reading this, you’re on the internet, so you have access to some good programs. Even if you can’t afford a personal trainer or a personalized internet program, you can create an exercise program that will help you feel and look better. While it may not be the best and quickest way to fitness, doing something is FAR BETTER than doing nothing. Everyone should be moving more throughout the day to keep their bodies healthy, no matter what their financial level.
Some people think there’s no hope because they’re far too out of shape.
One of the most inspiring stories I’ve ever read had to do with a man that was so severely overweight, he was almost homebound. He had to rest after just walking a few steps. The weight took a toll on his body, especially his limbs. When he received the word from his doctor that he was going to be crippled because of his weight, he decided to do something about it. At first, his goal was just a few steps a few times a day. Within the month, he made it out his door and eventually to the corner. He started eating healthier and as he moved more, he started shedding pounds. Today, he’s lost 3/4ths his body weight and competes in marathons. If he can do it, anyone can do it.
- When it comes to eating healthy, starting immediately can head you on the road. While you might not know exactly what makes up a healthy meal, you probably know that cake and fries aren’t the healthiest and a salad would be better.
- You don’t have to have a fancy program to begin. Just move more and do a few exercises that you know or that you found online as a starter.
- Taking a walk is exercise, so plan to spend your lunch hour walking to lunch. Throughout the day, make sure you get up and move once every 50 minutes. Your body needs it.
- Find ways to incorporate more movement in your life. Park further from the store. Take the steps rather than the elevator. If you’re more than three floors up, take the elevator part of the way and walk the rest.