Other than New Year’s, there is probably no other time during the year that motivates us to make a fresh start like Springtime does. When that warm feeling in the air begins, we want to throw open the windows and let the rebirth of Spring revitalise our sprits and our bodies!
Because it seems natural to clean out the old during this time of year, it’s a great time to come face to face with our excuses for not getting fit and healthy. In Winter, excuses can pile up, just like the clutter that we accumulate in our homes, but it’s time to come clean.
What is your excuse for not choosing health?
I don’t have the time to exercise: This is likely one of the most common excuses. You are busy. You have to work all day (or all night), you have to get the kids to school, you have to cook dinner, go to the supermarket, mow the lawn, clean the car, had a long day at work —there is simply no time for exercise.
Consider this. If you do not exercise and choose a healthy lifestyle, you will almost certainly have your precious time taken from your lack of energy, or worse still, by illness or disease – and when it gets to this stage you have no choice. Illness doesn’t allow you to say, no thank you, I don’t have time for you right now.
When you begin experiencing symptoms, you will have to make an appointment with the doctor, drive to your appointment, wait to be seen, possibly schedule additional tests at the hospital or elsewhere, and wait for your prescriptions to be filled at the chemist. Maybe it will just be a flu and you’ll only be bedridden for 3 to 5 days. However, with chronic illness this scenario will be played out month after month after month. And it takes a lot of time.
Will you find the time in your busy life to see to your medical issues?
Yes, of course you will. You will make sure that you adjust your schedule and your life to accommodate your illness. So why not adjust your schedule now to accommodate the prevention of illness through exercise? You do have the time; you just have to decide to use it.
The truth is that if you do not make the time for exercise, you will have to make time for illness. And exercise takes a lot less time out of your life than disease.
I don’t like to exercise: Again, a pretty common excuse. But it won’t let you off the hook. Lots of people do not like to exercise, but they make themselves do it anyway. Do you like feeling tired? Do you like being overweight? Do you like having to undergo medical tests? Without exercise, you will feel tired, be overweight and become sick, so it comes down to choosing your ‘dislike.’
If you like being around other people or like a bit of competition then join a social sports team (basketball, indoor volleyball, indoor cricket, netball, etc.) or make it a social occasion and go walking or running with friends.
I don’t have the energy to exercise: If you are unfit, you likely have low energy. Low energy means less productivity, so if you’re skipping exercise so that you have more work time, then you might find you’re kidding yourself with your time allocation. Research shows that unfit and unhealthy Australians are three times less productive than healthy Australians.
I totally understand that when you don’t have much energy, the last thing you can imagine is exercising, but just get started and trust that your biochemistry will change and so will your energy and almost immediately you can start to feel the change. It’s amazing how this works. You expend energy with your workout, and then almost like a reward from your body, it replenishes your energy stores AND increases the previous level! It’s one of the best investments you’ll ever make with the returns being high. However, until you become more active you will not have the energy you long for. You won’t start feeling better until you start moving.
It’s just not the right time for me to start working out. “I’ll start working out when…
- “I get some decent exercise clothes”
- “Springtime starts”
- “The kids go back to school”
- “I get my house organised”
- “I lose some weight”
- “I can afford it”
- “I feel fitter”
- “Work eases up”
- “I have more time”
- “Life calms down”
- “The kids get older”
- “The weather warms up a little”
- “The weather cools down a little”
- “Someday…just not today”
It will never be the perfect time to start a fitness routine.
Determine your strong reason WHY you want to make the change, focus on that every day and get started.
Surrender your excuses
Decide to stop hiding behind your excuses. For some people these may also be called ‘reasons’, but when we’re truly honest with ourselves, we discover that they really are excuses and the reason they exist is usually because we haven’t fully realised or determined our strong reason WHY we want the fantastic changes that exercise will bring.
Make a clean sweep and toss those excuses out. Everybody has excuses for not exercising. The fit and healthy people around you choose to give up the excuses and just do it. That doesn’t mean it is easy for them – everyone has feelings of not wanting to exercise every now and then. But the people that do it consistently know to focus on their reason WHY they do it. It’s for the outcome. They love feeling energetic, strong, healthy, and empowered enough to push in and get it done.
You can be that way too. You don’t have to start out big. Just get started and enjoy your new lifestyle and the many life-changing benefits and fantastic feelings it has to offer.