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Scrap The Excuses (part 1)

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Step 2: ( The Life You Want; Get Motivated, Lose Weight, And Be Happy) Bob Greene
These are only exerts from the O Magazine article, the entire book is listed above.

Once you've found our motivation, the next step is to get rid of any excuses that stand in your way. I have no time, I'm physically limited, I can't afford a gym membership. There are a million cop-outs, and yet hordes of people-- even those with busy schedules and chronic pain-- manage to exercise.

Excuses allow you to continue living the way you are now without making any tough choices; they let you feel better about not doing things you know you should. In order to move forward, you have to institute a zero-tolerance policy for excuses.

What follows are the stall tactics I routinely hear from people who live a sedentary life-- and why those excuses aren't valid. As you'll see, there are practical ways to get around almost any obstacle, and when you feel motivated and have a positive attitude, you can resolve any perceived problems that stand in your way.

I Don't Like Exercise: How many people like brushing their teeth at night? But we do it because we don't want to end up with a dentist's drill in our mouths. Exercise is the same, you do it because you need to.
But I'm not advocating that you simply grin and bear it; instead find a way to make workouts less of a chore. There are so many different ways to move your body, from walking to Zumba dancing; keep trying until you find one that seems appealing.

I Don't have time: Work, family, housekeeping--who isn't juggling a lot? But don't you always make time for the important stuff? If you're not physically active, it's because you haven't made it a priority.
People who fit exercise into their lives tend to have figured out how to be more efficient. One client of mine uses her morning workout to plan her day, including what she's making for dinner. Find a way to incorporate activity-into things you already do. If you're a stay-at-home parent, for example, get a jogger stroller and run your kids to the park. And don't let situations that aren't perfect defeat you. Maybe you can't walk around your neighborhood after work because it's too dark, but you can squeeze in a 20-minute walk on your lunch break. Research has also shown that certain higher-intensity workouts, such as interval training, produce good results in less time. Keep in mind, too, that as become more fit, your energy level will rise and you will get more done at a quicker pace. In a sense, by taking time to exercise, you will create more time elsewhere.

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    Good stuff, Jo. I remember when I started here someone who had lost a lot of weight saying their exercise had been walking around their back yard over and over and over...adding up to miles of walking. Just proved to me that you can really find a way to do almost anything if you really want to! I could always find time to drive by fast food when I wanted something...
    2696 days ago
    Well said--so true!
    2696 days ago
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