If there’s one thing I can’t stand its excuses. As the operations manager of Anytime Fitness in Willmar, I hear them all the time. “One of these days…, I would, but…, I will tomorrow…” Heck, I even had my own excuse for not writing this blog sooner, and then the snow came. Sometimes we need that storm in our life to shake us up a bit; get us going, light a fire under us. Mine came today. This snow storm today woke me up, and put me in a position to realize I was making excuses not to get this blog going. So thanks to Old Man Winter, I’m in my seat and ready to roll – no excuses.
So let’s talk about the Ex’s. Exercise and Excuses.
There are tons of excuses why people don’t exercise, and just when I think I’ve heard them all, the truth really comes out and someone straight up tells me, “I’m too lazy.” Wow! Now that’s bold! What am I to say to that? I’ll get to that in future blog, but first let me focus on the biggest excuse I hear the most.
“I just don’t have time.” -
Hey! Tell me about it. Life is busy, but if you think about it, everything you did today was something you had to do or is something you make a habit of doing because your life depends on it. It’s true. Consider the things you do each day. Many of your daily cares and tasks are done out of habit, and because your life depends on it. Why would exercise be any different? Many in the medical field consider exercise to be a key defense against many things like heart disease and diabetes just to name a couple. This time of year it can really help battle Seasonal Affective Disorder; aka the “winter blues”. The time is there for so many of your other daily wants and needs. Get out and exercise. Your life depends on it!
The “time” excuse isn’t just generic to exercise as a part of daily living; it’s also specific to joining and attending a fitness facility on a regular basis. It’s the most common reason I hear for not going to the gym. Make it a part of your day; a regular routine if you will. Make it the prelude to work, a part of your lunch break, and a stress relief to your day at the office, or time to yourself or with a friend in the evening. Keep this in mind; working out, exercising, staying in shape, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle doesn’t need to be time consuming. You don’t need to spend an hour or hours at the gym each day. In fact, I would encourage that if time truly is in short supply in your life or you are one to get bored quickly with exercise, then a 24/7 gym like Anytime Fitness is the perfect fit for you.
Personally, I still believe in the 20-minute workout made popular in the 80′s. If time is an excuse for you, then 20-minutes should be your best reason to hit the gym. Why? Because everybody’s got 20-minutes to spare. Capitalize on 20 solid minutes of exercise. Focus on a swift walk on the treadmill, a mile run, some weight lifting, or a combination of cardio & strength training. All of this can be done in a short amount of time on a regular basis. It will keep your interest level up and over time will prove results.
We live in a busy world, and that’s why we’re here. We are the club for busy people!