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Arm Yourself Against Exercise Excuses

Winning the Fight Against Yourself


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  • Having read this article yesterday is what motivated me to get walking this morning. Seriously! I started having the little argument in my head and remembered the article. That got me up and going. Battle won today!
    Jason, I believe you are doing all great things, just please DO be very careful running in likely the low light time; where a car might not see you, or trip in a rut or pot hole; perhaps you have some bold blinkers and reflectors on you as you walk or run, or for sure reflective clothing please. I've worked in trauma centers and the injuries are bad for a pedestrian vs an automobile. Bold colors, bright, reflective, anklets since the feet moving or wrists show up well.
    The rut or divet might break your ankle, but a CAR can smash you pretty well.
    And of COURSE, alwasys wear a helmet if on bike etc.---tend to want to have a helmet on just WALKING along a street!
  • A battle that sounds all too familiar..But what a great way to put things in perspective! Thanks! I.m off to fight MY battle :-)
  • True, but 8 hours of sleep every night is just as important as an hour of exercise - it helps you think clearly, stay alert and keeps your metabolism running. I would not get up at 4:45 if it meant I was not getting a full nights sleep - that is not going to make me healthier.
  • This is a great article! It makes me feel bad for giving in to the fight yesterday! But you know what? No excuses tomorrow! I plan to JUST DO IT!

    Thanks Sparkpeople!
  • Wow , I had to save this.. VERY MOTIVATIONAL... It's how I'm thinking now. So I will save this article for the days I want to slack.. JUST DO IT!!!!!
  • I had the same conversation with myself this morning and I lost the fight as I stayed in bed. Tomorrow, I vow to get out there and walk. My son has turned into an early riser, so I'm just going to put him in the stroller and get walking the neighborhood as soon as it's light out which is pretty early these days.

    Great article, I needed this motivation!
  • Just what I needed today to get up and MOVING.
  • AWESOME article and just the kick in the pants I needed today! THANK YOU!
  • This article is completely motivating... I will definitely share this with my team!

    Kudos to you for winning the fight each and every day... And thank you for this great reminder about the power of perseverance no matter the obstacles and challenges...
    I have my physical limitations, but reading something like this makes me hope and believe that anything is possible.

  • Thank you so much for this article. I have had a couple weeks that I couldn't make myself get out of bed in the morning in time to exercise. Just this week I decided to "Just do it" and I am beginning to feel so much better, both physically and about myself. Thanks for the encouragement!
    Good article, but it made me hope all you super-early risers are getting to bed early as well!
  • Jason, great article. I have been getting up at 04:45 every weekdays for years !!! And to the demise of some I am so totally a morning person. Not only, after my training I am charged-up for my day (much less stress). Thanks !
  • Just do it! Is something that I have to tell myself throughout my whole workout. My mind is a hard thing to shut off and it seems that it is happy with the lazy side of things and is always trying to get out of the full workout..."it's too hot, your foot is starting to swell, you did good just coming out today...blah blah blah." Then, I here "I'm a SURVIVOR, I'm not gonna give up, 5 more minutes, you can do it." I wish that first guy would just go back to sleep, but I know that from all the other comments that I am not the only one with this struggle. Be strong and JUST DO IT!
    ''You can excuse yourself out of anything if you keep listening to yourself long enough. ''

    Lol, SO true, esp when u gotta get up super early to get your exercise in. And the fight is real - this morning i lost it (but i tell myself it's for the greater good cuz i did get a 104min run in yesterday and i would only have slept 4 hours had i gone running this morning, but SEE - excuses!;);).

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