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Arm Yourself Against Exercise Excuses

Winning the Fight Against Yourself

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We all know how important exercise is to our health. We all know we should be doing it, but we allow ourselves “outs” with what we consider justifiable excuses. You can excuse yourself out of anything if you keep listening to yourself long enough. You can let those rationalizations make sense if you try. But I have come to a personal conclusion, a motto of sorts:

I will do what I need to do, in order to do what I want to do.

If that means getting up at 4:45 a.m. then so be it. I want to be healthy for a long time. I’ve got a long list of reasons why. I like to feel good and feel good about myself. I like the way exercise and eating well make me feel. I want to be around to spend a long, healthy lifetime with my wife. I want to wrestle with my kids and laugh and play and see them grow up and maybe even give me grandkids and great-grandkids one day! I want to be in the "90 and up" age category in the local 5K! I will do what I need to do (exercise and eat right) in order to do what I want to do (live a full life).

I'll tell you something I don’t want though. I don’t want to cheat myself out of precious time because I didn’t do the things I should have to live that long life. I don’t want to rob my wife or kids of years they could have with me. I don’t want to stare at the ceiling in a hospital room one day thinking, “I wish I would have taken better care of myself and not allowed this to happen.”

I want to encourage others to do what they need to do to be healthy. I want to encourage you to stay in the fight and not give into the excuses. Nike still has the best excuse-buster I can think of: Just Do It! Does it mean getting up early even though you'd rather sleep longer? Just do it. Does it mean staying up later to hit the gym and cook a healthy meal? Just do it. Is it hot or cold outside? Just do it. You name the reason why you shouldn’t do it, and just do it anyway.

The fight will be on again tomorrow morning. Same time, same place. Wish me luck—no, wish me determination—and I’ll do the same for you! After all, we are in this fight together.
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Jason Anderson Jason Anderson
Jason loves to see people realize the benefits of a healthy, active lifestyle. He is a certified personal trainer and enjoys running races--from 5Ks to 50K ultramarathons. See all of Jason's articles.

Member Comments

  • Sounds just like my mornings, but I don't even have to go outside, just to the basement to my fully equipped, yet rough around the edges home gym. I make sure I set the alarm where I at least have to get out of bed to turn it off. That get's me working out probably 9 out of 10 times, and it feels great all day long afterward. I just need to remember how good it feels afterward as I am waffling.

    Thanks for the article. - 11/18/2014 8:28:02 PM
  • Excellent article and it has landed home with me. Many thanks.

    Btw - I love 'Bon Courage'. Thanks for that, Lalizarde. Very, very apt. - 11/18/2014 2:23:01 AM
  • Great article--short and sweet and straight to the heart of the matter. - 7/21/2014 11:45:06 AM
  • Good luck is kind of a dumb wish. In France they say "Bon courage" - good courage, and in Japan, they say good effort. Maybe we should switch to one of those. - 4/8/2014 1:54:49 PM
  • Great article that nails it! - 1/19/2014 11:11:11 AM
  • It is nice to know that even a personal trainer struggles getting out of bed! I fight with myself everyday. Worst is when my husband is snoring right through the alarm! The best thing I do is make myself get out of bed at least for 5 min. I tell myself is I still don't want to go ok, but most of the time I figure I am already up might as well go! - 12/18/2013 10:18:52 AM
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    Exercise is actually bad for you. See "Why You Should Never Exercise" at Amazon.com. - 11/9/2013 9:17:52 PM
  • I like this article! - 9/4/2013 3:58:18 AM
  • I would really like to get into the habit of exercising early in the morning. - 7/9/2013 6:09:20 PM
  • Thanks.. just what I needed. And I like the 90 year old plus category for the 5K. I hope I'm right in there too! - 6/11/2013 6:44:24 PM
  • Good article. Sometimes I will say I'm not going today. But I will sit about five minutes and I'll say no let me go to the gym. For me I feel guilty if I don't go. - 5/21/2013 7:37:39 AM
  • Thanks for the article! I enjoyed reading it for the second time. - 5/20/2013 2:58:31 PM
  • Thank you for this article, I enjoyed it alot and feel like I would like to exercise.

    - 4/25/2013 9:51:21 AM
  • For me, a huge part is having a hard time telling between when I feel bad enough to rest and when I should power through. I've made mistakes going both ways. Being stubborn can be good in some ways but can cause physical illness/injury worse. But, sometimes it doesn't seem too bad. Other times I rest when it's not so bad-but my excuse say it's really bad-and I can 'fall into the trap of "I need to rest" and inertia sets in. Why can't I figure it out? - 3/23/2013 2:45:15 PM
  • My main excuses are "I deserve a day off" or "I've done enough this week".
    - 3/1/2013 10:42:47 PM

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