Are you constantly finding yourself saying “I’m too busy” to exercise, to cook dinner, to take time for yourself as a destressor? Do you find an excuse for every obstacle or every task you do not want to complete?
According to Wiki, making excuses is “an unconscious defense mechanism in which perceived controversial behaviors or feelings are logically justified and explained in a rational or logical manner in order to avoid any true explanation, and are made consciously tolerable by plausible means.”
If you break this down when it comes to fitness ~ do you make the excuse for fear of the unknown with exercising? ~ With so many options to help your learn about exercising, you do not have anything to complain about. YouTube, invest in a personal trainer (some will do a 1 time appointment to help you get started), look at fitness magazines or books, take to social media, google fitness workouts. Will you look “silly”? ~ no one is watching you exercising and if they are, they are not working hard enough for themselves! Are you bored with exercising? ~ try different types of exercises (have you tried running, Zumba, CrossFit, Boot Camp, etc), do not limit yourself to just walking on the treadmill or in your development. Do you not like a gym setting? ~ then look for outside classes such as Boot Camp, Zumba, Spinning, and more Cross Fit.
If you break this down when it comes to your diet ~ do you make the excuse you have to take this kid here, this kid there so you have to grab fast food? ~ that morning before work, get your ingredients and throw in the crockpot; it will be ready by the time you all return home to eat a healthy dinner before becoming a taxi cab! Do you make the excuse that you don’t know how to cook? ~ google your favorite ingredient (i.e. chicken) and look for different recipes, then experiment. You may find you truly love cooking & have a knack for it. Failing to plan is planning to fail! Designate one day a week to plan out meals (maybe you just plan out dinners) and all ingredients needed, then those things that you can prep before hand, do so. You just saved yourself a few minutes that night you are going to be running all over.
Living a healthy lifestyle does not have to be cumbersome ~ a little planning goes a long way! Grab a friend, grab your dog and get out for some exercise! Then prepare dinner!