I have heard it all.
As a personal trainer and fitness instructor, I have heard every excuse out there. I actually just had people share with me what their personal favorites are (I mean the ones they use to get out of working out or taking care of their health).
Some of my faves:
I mean, seriously, I could go on and on. The excuses never end.
I get it. We all have reasons why today isn’t the day to start, or why we can’t push to our max today.
But all excuses aside, what is the deeper problem? What will be the REASON to break free from your excuses?
I have days where I wake up and I am unmotivated, but I tell myself, “Once you are there, you never regret the workout,” or “Maybe today you will have somebody new in class who needs your help. If you don’t go, how can you help?”
I have days where I am so sore and feel like I can’t push through, but I find the strength inside to keep going. You have to come to a place where no matter what excuse you tell yourself, it’s not big enough to stop you.
This is your health, people. It’s important. You only get one body to live life in; take care of it.
It’s not about the way you look (that is a side benefit), but it’s how you feel and how you function from day to day. I know that when I stay consistent at the gym and fuel my body with nutritious food, I FEEL amazing. You might spend one precious hour a day at the gym, but your family will be grateful if it means a healthy mom or dad they get to live life with.
So I ask again, what will be the thing that sets you free from your excuses?
I recently had a friend (who I am sad to say I hadn’t seen at the gym in a while), show up to a spin class I was teaching. I was so excited to see her back in the gym. She explained to me that she was there because she had a friend who could really use the gym and working out, so she was just being a good friend. So even though all her reasons for not coming were still there (no, her life didn’t become less busy overnight), she saw a need in somebody else that prompted her to set her excuses aside. In making time for her friend,she was, in turn, making time for herself.
We all need to start looking for reasons that will force us to set our excuses aside and just go for it. You have to decide that you are bigger than your excuses. That simple.
Every time you start coming up with reasons to not go to the gym or eat like crap or take a million breaks during a workout, tell your head to shut up, find a bigger reason to push forward and move toward a healthier you. In the end, you become mentally and physically stronger, a win-win.
So for December, I am going to share a little daily challenge on my Facebook page. I would like you to all join. It will only take a few minutes a day, so I expect you to stick with it! Let’s commit to a month of no excuses, just doing our daily challenge and feeling great.
The idea is that going into the new year (yes, it’s already here, people), we have set aside all our lame excuses and we are ready to take on even more.
Who is with me?
Now, check out the December challenge (below) and say yes to a month free of excuses.
Samantha Williams is a personal trainer with her company Fit 4:13. She owns Rhema Music & Clothing Company in Fruita and is also a fitness instructor and personal trainer through the Fruita Community Center. She is the mother of two beautiful girls and the wife of an incredibly talented musician. She was born and raised in Fruita, and can’t imagine calling anywhere else home. Join her Fitness Challenge on her Fit 4:13 Facebook page. No matter what your size, you are welcome to participate in the free month of workouts!