Eighty percent of people still do not exercise consistently enough to enjoy any health benefits. And we all can come up with excuses as to why we are not sticking to the program. But No More Excuses!
If you are having trouble finding time to exercise, you are not alone. A perceived lack of time is one of the most common excuses for not starting or for quitting an exercise program. But it really isn’t a good excuse. We have clients who manage large businesses, clients with 4 plus kids, and clients who seem to have it all. How do they do it? They make health and fitness a priority in their life. When life gets rough, exercise is usually the first thing to go when, in fact, it should be the last. Exercise is the glue to mental sanity when life becomes chaotic.
Are you one of those people who when others need you, your needs end up on the back burner? Someone at work asks you to complete a project, your spouse needs your attention, your kids need some quality time, your friends are asking why you haven’t called, and you have a to-do list that extends well into next month! It’s simple to see how easy it is to convince yourself that the morning workout can wait until lunch and then until after dinner. Or maybe tomorrow and finally, “I’ll get back on track next month!” Commitments, responsibilities and the demands of work, family and social life are always going to be there. When you allow your needs to become second to everything and everyone else, you will end up the loser.
Research shows that people who exercise are more productive at whatever they are doing. And don’t think that exercise has to be a huge time commitment. 10-30 minutes a day, if done consistently, can result in health benefits.
When you don’t have an appointment with us, your trainers, make an appointment with yourself. Then when someone asks if you can meet them at 5, you can honestly say, “Sorry, I’ve got an appointment. How about 4?”
So stop putting it off! “I’ll start exercising right after New Year’s….in the spring….right after I’m finished with this huge project…..once the kids get older….once the kids leave home…..after I’ve retired….” Stop making excuses. Now is the time to start. There will always be things competing for your time. You can choose to make exercise a priority in your life now or wait until you are forced to make it a priority.
“People, who cannot find the time to exercise, will be forced to find the time for illness.”