Tuesday, July 02, 2013
Part of the Spark Coach program for today is to blog about the excuses I use to not work out.
Number one would be "I'm so tired." But is it true fatigue? What is it I'm too tired to do? Some mornings after a 12 hour shift, it's going to be actual fatigue and pain that is talking, that is real. But mostly, if I look at it honestly, it's not fatigue, it's just wanting to be comfortable. Newsflash, Nurse Nancy, wheelchairs are not comfortable either! Better to be less comfortable now, do the exercise, and have the improved health. So unless it is true fatigue, GO MOVE! At least for 10 minutes, anyone can do that.
Number two would be "There's no class scheduled/the health club is not open/it's a pain in the butt to go out there." Yes, the classes are great, you enjoy them a lot, but they are not the sum total of fitness activity. Go anyway, if the place is open, I am sure you could find something to do. Yes, it's a pain in the butt to pack up all your gear and drive out there, but the traffic isn't that bad if you take the back way, the parking lot is big enough you can always find a space, and you can rent a locker to minimize the what you have to take with you each time. And stop with the obsessing over "the right clothes!" T-shirt and stretchy pants, underwear, socks and sneakers. Swimsuit and water shoes. That is it. You don't have to wear nice clothes to go, no one cares! Just be clean and presentable. Makeup at a health club is silly!
That brings us to two things you always have available, no matter what time it is: videos, and the great outdoors. Your kind husband set up a television downstairs and gave up his Xbox so you could play videos. You can do them anytime. And the Krakens would love to take a walk, anytime. They're not supposed to be little couch pillows, they are descended from wolves! Potty breaks in the back yard are not the same thing as roaming the wild; even on leashes, the Propellerheads will feel like mighty canine explorers if you take them down the street. You live in a suburb with sidewalks, not a DMZ; you don't even know the names of the streets around your house. Go outside and take the silly little dogs with you!
Excuse #3 would be, "I don't want to." Don't want to what? Spend forever doing something uncomfortable? Guess what, if you don't exercise, that is exactly what will happen. You will spend forever being uncomfortable because of poor physical health. For the rest of your life. No fun, limited social contact, no money because you can't work. Ten minutes of moving around doesn't seem so bad, when you look at the alternative.