Make Excuses: Excuses are wildly popular in the non-exercising community. They go a long way in helping you feel better about not working out and/or eating right. After all, you can't help it.
I don't have time.
I can't afford it.
I'm too busy.
It's too hard.
I hate exercise.
I can't lose weight, so why bother.
I'm already skinny, I don't need to exercise.
I'm too tired.
I'm too fat.
I'm too old.
I might get hurt.
I don't have support from my family/friends.
The dog ate my homework.
Blame Someone Else: Almost anyone will fit the bill, just as long as it is not your own fault.
Your second cousin on your mothers side.
Your pet turtle.
Defer it to Later: Deferring it to later makes you feel better about your bad choices today.
I'll start Monday.
I'll start the first of the month.
I'll enjoy the holidays and start January 1st.
I'll start when the weather cools off.
I'll start when the weather warms up.
I'll start when the kids go back to school.
I'll start after my next birthday, after my best friend's wedding, after vacation, after I find a new job, after my kids grow up and move out.
*Disclaimer: This entire post is BS. There are no alternatives to working out and eating right, except poor health. Any of this sound familiar? We are all guilty of the above defense mechanisms at some point, including especially me. It is human nature. The very words, "Hard-Core Starts Monday," used to bring on fits of laughter in my house because we could hear how ridiculous we sounded saying it over and over every week-end without follow through. We can choose to believe the excuses we tell ourselves, blame others, or promise to start at some fantasy later date, but the truth is it is up to you to take your heath seriously. I'm not saying I think everyone should (or could) hit the gym for an hour every day. What I am suggesting is that it is up to you, and you alone, to get up, get moving, and to make smart choices about what you use to fuel your body.
I think the best way to fight yourself out of the excuse bag is to not have an all-or-nothing mentality. Just do what you can with what you have. Something is always better than nothing. I have always found if I do a little bit to start, it becomes easier to build to more later.
1. Don't have time for an hour run today? Just run or walk a mile. 2. Had to to take your kids to a birthday party and had pizza for lunch? Make sure your next meal is a healthy one made of whole natural foods . 3. Missed your strength training this week? Do 10 push-ups, 10 squats, 10 lunges, and a 30 second plank during commercial breaks instead.
Find a physical activity that you love and do it. I love running and Insanity . I'm weird. You may hate those things. So don't do them. Do you hate the treadmill or the stair climber? My advice is to never ever ever do them. Do you love gardening, rollerblading, tennis, basketball, burpees (no one loves those), running around the yard with the kids, or walking your dog? Find something, anything, and commit to at least 15 minutes a day. You don't have to be a gym rat, you don't have to run marathons, and you certainly don't have to be perfect. You just have to do something. Chances are once you start, you won't want to stop.