By Brittanie McDonald, B.S.
DHAC Exercise Physiologist
“I haven’t been to the gym in 6 months because…”
Or “I can’t go to the gym today because…”
And “I’m too tired to…”
We all hear them on day to day basis, whether it be from our friends, siblings, children or co-workers. It seems that everyone (including myself) has an excuse for something these days! And yet as much as we hate hearing them, we still have no problem making some of our own when it’s convenient.
Your excuses are the only things holding you back from becoming who you want to be and achieving your goals. Working in the fitness field in particular, I have heard every excuse in the book. But, more often than not, people are just afraid to be honest with themselves.
Here are just a few of the many excuses my co-workers and I have heard over the years.
1. TIME: I understand that life is not always predictable. Sometimes, there are situations that are genuinely out of our control, and need immediate attention. But what about the time you can control? I’m talking about that small window of time we have available for ourselves during the week.
Whether you go out for a walk, hike or a bike ride on these beautiful spring days, or wake up an hour earlier than usual and hit the gym before work, only a small window of time is needed. If you have some extra time on your lunch break, take a walk or go up and down the stairs in your building. Make exercise part of your daily routine, it should be just as important as your doctor appointments and business meetings.
2. MONEY We often hear that people don’t exercise because they can’t afford a gym membership. Yet there is always money for that daily $4.00 latte from Starbucks, that $100 dollar monthly iphone or cable bill, and $50 for going out to eat once a week. Shouldn’t your health be your main priority? Taking control of your health may cost you some money but in the end, our health is all we have!
3.RESULTS Did you gain that weight over night? No? Then why do we expect to lose it over night? It may take some time to get the results you are looking for, but you will start to feel the difference in just a few days and see the results in just a few weeks! Stop expecting a miracle and be realistic! A healthy amount of weight loss is 1-2lbs a week.
Don’t make excuses, make changes! Be the change you wish to see in yourself!