We have it printed in large writing on our wall at the gym to serve as a reminder to our gym members…
And I need to hear that as much as anyone else. Whether it’s not enough time, an injury, or “X” that stops us, we let what we cannot do interfere with what we can do on a daily basis.
Here are some common examples we see:
You only have 30 minutes in your day to get a workout in, instead of an hour. Most will say “I’ll do it tomorrow,” and they miss the opportunity for a workout that day. People who don’t let excuses rule their life, take those 30 minutes and run with it (sometimes literally). They get their workout in and are better for it. Habitually skipping the opportunity to workout ADDS up. Don’t let a perceived lack of time be an excuse. Realize that it is rarely a true lack of time but rather a lack of time management. Sometimes you have to MAKE time to work out.
Got some nagging shoulder/back/”X” pain? We see people take weeks off from the gym and usually from working out AT ALL. Don’t let what you cannot do prevent you from doing things you can do! We can make a workout completely “arm/knee/back” free that will not only get your heart-rate up, but continue to build strength in the rest of your body as your injured body part heals. Also we know you and it’s likely you won’t be doing your PT exercises on your own. Typically, if we have a small injury or annoying pain in one part of our body we use it as a permission slip to the sideline for our ENTIRE body. 90% of the time this doesn’t have to be the case, as the rest of your body is still good to go for a workout. **If you are under specific orders from a doctor, or are coming off a major surgery, you are exempt.**
Are you pregnant and have been told to take it easy? In MY case this has recently translated to watching every episode of Parks and Recreation and eating pancakes. However, when I reflect, I can clearly remember my doctor telling me what I COULD do in addition to the list of all that I couldn’t. I can go for walks, swim, ride a stationary bike, etc. I too sometimes let what I cannot do interfere with what I can.
These excuses make us feel validated in our decision to take the easy way out. It is time to change our mindset. Acknowledge what you cannot yet do and simply find something you CAN do now. Don’t over complicate things. No matter what it is, there is always something you can do to better your fitness on a daily basis. Repeat the mantra: progress not perfection and live without excuses.
Written By Coach Kenz, who enjoys pancakes and long walks on the frontage road by the gym.