Happy New Year! I just love the start of a new year! I love to see my clients motivated, talking about their goals, making themselves a priority and more importantly for really taking inventory of their health; both mentally and physically.
Oftentimes, we create too many excuses and get lost in life’s day-to-day activities to really register how our bodies are functioning. Many of us like to complain about our bodies and our health, all the while not really looking at what is causing the problem(s) to begin with. Are your choices helping you or hurting you? Is your food nourishing you or poisoning you? Are you doing enough activities weekly that balance you or deplete you? Simple questions, but not always simple answers based on the excuses and lies we tell ourselves.
Let me be very, brutally honest here…You are the only one responsible for your health and for you happiness. You are either creating a life of health and wellness, or a life of disease. Your choices directly effect you, but they also effect your family. Your health should be your main concern and any thoughts that pop into your head to argue that are excuses. You must take care of yourself and you must make it a priority every day for the rest of your life.
Here are a few excuses I’ve heard over the years:
I hate to exercise.
*Get involved in group fitness classes. The atmosphere in a great group class will be fun, encouraging, and social. I secretly love when I get all my female clients together in one class, because it’s a great workout, but it’s also girl time. We talk kids, fashion, food, sex, etc. The hour flies by and we all get a chance to connect.
*Workout with a friend. Cardio is always a lot more enjoyable when you have a friend to talk with.
*Join an Instagram challenge! There are squat, pushup, ab, yoga, Pilates, and walking challenges.
*Try a new sport! Yep, you heard me. I know it can be a little scary or humiliating to try something new that you might not be great at, but it will be an adventure. We are hardwired to love challenges. It’s not about the destination, but the journey. Try tennis, golf, rock climbing, mountain biking, gymnastics.
*Do what you love! If there was something that you loved doing when you were younger then do that! Join a league to hold you accountable. Sign up for a race; a 5K is a great race to start with. Buy some fitness DVD’s and try ALL different types of workouts until you find one that is fun. I’m still such a lover of Billy Banks Tae Bo…one truth no one know about me; haha, until now. When you exercise endorphins are released, so at some point you are bound to feel more energized and inspired.
I can’t afford a gym membership
*Find group classes in your community. Usually they are affordable and offer all the benefits of a gym with out the price and contract.
*Do online challenges which are free! Shape magazine usually does a bikini boot camp and has tons of exercises online, as well as Women’s Health Magazine. BodyRock Tv offers in home, free, crazy intensity HIIT workouts. Find some fun blogs that offer up workouts and trainer insight.
*Workout outside: Walk, hike, Rollerblade, run, bike, etc.
*Build your own gym at your house. A lot can be done with dumbbells, a stability ball and a resistance band.
*The number one fitness trend for this year is body-weight exercises. These are exercises where all you need is your body and they can be done anywhere. I’ll be adding as many body weight video’s as possible this year to help keep you guys moving! 🙂
I don’t know what I’m doing.
*Hire a professional. Invest in yourself!
“Yes, getting yourself healthy does cost money…But doctor and hospital visits cost more.”
A great trainer should teach you how to train yourself. If money is a concern then try Semi-Private Training, that way you can train with a friend and split the cost. My biggest passion is teaching people how to strengthen and balance their bodies, efficiently and safely. I sometimes overly explain in my classes why we perform certain moves, and how to do them correctly. I want my clients to hear my ques in their heads and to feel confident when they are training without me.
*Check out You-Tube there are a lot of really good tutorials on how to perform basic body weight moves safely and with the proper form. That being said there are a lot of bad ones too, so if you have any questions feel free to leave me a comment.
*There are also some great books, and blogs.
*Ask for help. At every gym trainers are their to help you, all you need to do is ask. I’ve been approached several times about form/exercises and I’m always happy to help someone. If you find that someone is trying to sell you on training packages rather than answering your questions, then find another trainer. I don’t ever worry about sales. I do what I do and I’m happy to teach others and that is why I have such amazing, loyal clients.
I never really see results
*Start out slow and give time for your body to change. A common mistake is for people to go way too hard in the beginning and to end up losing steam with tired/injured bodies. Your workouts should not inhibit you from living your busy life; your workouts should exhilarate you and leave you feeling ready to take on your day.
*Set goals! There is something magical about putting pen to paper and writing down exactly what you want. I believe that most of your goals should be short term and obtainable. I also think you should write down goals for a 6 month period and for a year. Then my very favorite goals to write down are the wildly, impossible ones. You know, the ones you can barely think about, would never want to say, that you are going to force yourself to write down. Those are my favorite, because once you strip away the reality of society, and the fear anything is possible.
*List all of the positive effects of exercising aside from weight loss…Get inspired! After every workout I try to tell myself three positive things that are different in my body, or my mood just from one workout. I say these three strengths in my head to help affirm why I work my butt off 5 days a week.
I don’t have time to take care of myself, because of my hectic schedule, work, kids, husband, etc.
*Make time for yourself and schedule it. We make time for our favorite tv shows, we make time to brush our teeth, shower, get dressed…add exercising to that schedule.
*Make a priority list. What are the things that you absolutely must get done for the day. You only get one body that allows you to take care of your family, so you better take care of that body first. You need to be the priority!
*Turn fitness into a family activity. Try biking, hiking, family walks, or playing one of the many Dance Games on Xbox or Wii. We love family yoga nights! I do the instagram yoga challenges, so on the nights where I’m doing yoga I teach my kids and my husband. We then turn it into a competition to see who can do the best pose. So not yoga appropriate, but we are a competitive family and it works for us. My husband is very proud to say that he can now do headstands and handstands. 🙂
I’m too old to exercise.
*Read The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest. Such a great book. It’s inspiring and educational.
*If you don’t use it you lose it and this applies to your body. So start out slow and walk.
*Do yoga!!! I can’t stress this point enough. Yoga is for everyone, for every age and for every body. There are amazing level 1 yoga classes at YogaWorks where most of the poses are done in a safe manner, on your back. There are also Pilates Mat classes which are classically done on your back. Also, restorative classes, where you are in poses that are fully supported. You get all of the benefits of the poses, without all the work.
*Find Senior Citizen group classes in your neighborhood. (Silver Sneakers)
I’m too fat, or too out of shaped.
*Everyone should check with their doctor before starting a new exercise plan. If you are obese, or have other health issues it really is imperative for you to get the “ok” to workout and then start out slow. A 5 min walk might be enough for the first day.
*Seek professional help by hiring a nutritionist, and a trainer. Having someone you can turn to to help motivate you and teach you is key.
*Exercise in the pool. Not only is it a great workout, but it will be friendly on your joints.
*Practice in bed movements and therapeutic yoga poses on your back. I’ll post some of my favorite for you soon.
PLF Tip: Remember that there are no valid excuses when it comes to your health. You are given one body; take care of it and live the life you choose.
“Most people have no idea how good their body is designed to feel.”