Excuses, Excuses

We all use and abuse them. We think of some great ones and their use is synonymous with life. I am talking about excuses! They are used so frequently that they become part of our daily living. It is that we use them for everything. Well, the time to stop using them is now!

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We all use and abuse them. We think of some great ones and their use is synonymous with life. I am talking about excuses! They are used so frequently that they become part of our daily living. It is that we use them for everything. Well, the time to stop using them is now!

I have used ones such as saying I’m tired, I don’t feel well, I’m so busy, I will go tomorrow, what’s the difference, etc. And why do we use these excuses to replace our daily exercise and dieting?

If you are not exercising or taking control of your lifestyle, remember that you are only delaying your health and wellbeing. We have to decide how important living healthy and getting fit is for us. Stopping all the excuses is a step in the right direction.

I am the world’s greatest procrastinator and excuse maker. I have used some great ones and some not so great, but all in all – I only fooled myself. When I finally realized I was only delaying the most important thing in my life, I started to change my thought process. My lifestyle change and going to the gym needed to happen and fast. The lifestyle change was easier than I thought it would be; however, the gym was another problem.

The gym was a scary place for me. I had not worked out in 20 plus years. I finally decided to go and join. For 20 dollars a month, how could I not join? I started out slow, and you should too. The treadmill and incumbent bike a half an hour each at my own pace. Then I met a trainer, and he showed me all these exercises and gave me countless training tips. I started to understand that all he wanted to do was to sell me a trainer. Don’t overdo it – the pain the next day will turn you off and just make it easier for you to make excuses.

Start out slowly. Take your time and work at your own comfortable pace. You will be fine. Change up your workout times and routines. Get a friend to go and join you and ask them for help. If you feel the need for a trainer, then hire one – just don’t sign any long-term contracts. There’s nothing worse than paying for a service you no longer use.

Changing up your routine and using various types of machines each day will keep things fresh and interesting. I have learned to love the gym; the high I get from working out is euphoric. I do cardio one day, the next day I lift weights, and then I maybe take a class, which is fun and helpful.

We have to stop making excuses; they don’t help us and they just delay the inevitable. Find something you like and stick with it.

If you choose not to go to the gym, buy an exercise DVD or use your kids’ video games. They have some very good ones. Whatever will make you move is a good thing. Some doctors say 20 minutes a day, every other day is fine as well. Please exercise and eat right. It will go a long way to making you happy and healthy.

Blog written by David Held
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