What is holding you back from improving your health?
Sure, making changes can be difficult, I guess.
But lots of things in life can be difficult. Getting out of the bed in the morning to go to work is difficult. Raising kids is difficult. Cleaning the house and doing yard chores on a Saturday instead of relaxing by the pool is difficult.
We all still find ways to get each of these difficult tasks completed, so why can’t we manage to improve our health?
Believe me, I’ve heard all of the excuses that are out there.
I’m too busy. I’m too tired. I have to work late. The kids have soccer practice. Etc. Etc.
We all have our own excuses, I promise. I have my share, and mine are no better or worse than anyone else’s. If you have an excuse that prevents you from improving your health, no matter what the excuse is, it sucks but it’s real.
How Can You Get Over the Hump?
Simply, shuffle the deck.
It is said that the definition of insanity is continuing to do the same thing over and over and expecting the results to change.
So, hoping to improve your health while continuing to do the same things you’ve been doing (diet, physical activity, etc.), is literally insane.
You need to do something different, or nothing will ever change and your health will never improve.
Do Something Different
- Don’t have time? Go to bed an hour earlier and get up an hour earlier. You can get a lot of stuff done, exercise or other things that will help you clear your schedule, before 6 am. Don’t believe me? Try it.
- Too tired? This is a legit catch-22, because it takes energy to work out but working out can increase your energy level. If you’re really too tired, start slow (20 minute walk) instead of diving into the deep end and gradually build up as your energy level improves.
- Have to work late? Don’t head to the phone to call for take out, bring dinner with you from home. A salad. Some left overs. Whatever. But odds are, that if you bring food from home it will be much healthier than anything you can have delivered to the office.
- The kids need a chauffeur tonight? I’m not a father yet, and it’ll take a few years before the baby demands to be driven all over town, so I haven’t personally had to deal with this issue yet. But I know many people that have. In my opinion, this is when you need to be the most flexible with your workouts. Run laps around the parking lot while your kid is at soccer practice. Keep some resistance bands in the car, and knock out a whole body circuit during dance rehearsal. You might get a few stares, but who cares?
Look guys, changing your habits to improve your health is difficult.
But nothing worth having comes easy, so stop feeling sorry for yourself and stop making excuses.
And if you need a personal trainer to help you on the way, I know a guy…