It took me a while to figure out how to get (and more importantly how to stay) in shape, so I understand where people are coming from who can’t seem to get it together. But more often than not, people self-sabotage to get out of taking care of themselves. So here are a few common excuses and why they shouldn’t be a roadblock to a healthy lifestyle.
“Wahh I don’t have time!”
But you have time to watch Glee and America’s Next Top Eater? I think not. People waste incredible amounts of time on a daily basis either deliberately or because they don’t plan efficiently. 30-60 minutes a day is not a lot of time to squeeze in at some point. Just fucking do it. Make it work. If someone said “Hey, go to this well full of gold coins and collect as many as you can carry for 30-60 minutes a day” you’d find the time, so there’s no reason you can’t squeeze a workout in at some point.
“I’m not in good enough shape to do this workout.”
No one transitions instantly from a sedentary to an active lifestyle. It’s hard at first, but it gets better and you can always modify. Many of the newer DVD workout series offer instructions on how to modify almost every exercise to be manageable for beginners, so there’s no reason you can’t do something. Also, you’ll learn that the feeling of I-can-barely-get-through-this-exercise is exactly the feeling you want to chase in your workouts– it’s a good thing! That’s why fit people are constantly seeking ways to challenge themselves. If it was easy, why bother?
“My [ankle/shoulder/vagina] hurts.”
Boo. I know how much of a pain in the ass injuries can be to exercise, but just because one thing is temporarily jammed up doesn’t mean you have a free pass to neglect the rest of your body. Work around the injury. There are plenty of resources that will help you find ways to compensate and stay healthy even if you’re not at 100%. Plus, it makes it a whole lot easier to get back in shape once the injury is resolved.
“I’m too tired.”
Probably because you sit at a desk all day drinking coffee and eating cold breakfast tacos someone brought in 4 hours ago. If you get active (and eat real food), you’ll feel better ALL the time. If you’re too tired after work to exercise, do it in the morning. I hate getting up early but when I do knock my workout out first thing, the rest of the day I feel so energized and pumped that I roam around looking to start fights or get chased by junkyard dogs just to prove my athleticism.
“I can’t afford a gym membership.”
Here is my response to this excuse. You don’t need a gym (or much financial investment) to get in shape. With all the incredible resources on DVD and online, no one needs to pay for a gym (although some gyms are so fucking lovely that they making working out a treat). Plus the cost of DVDs, weights, and a yoga mat is substantially cheaper than insulin treatments, heart surgery, or a custom made wide-load coffin.
“I don’t know what I’m doing.”
A lack of knowledge about how to get fit is one of the more legitimate reasons people struggle. The good news is it’s the 21st century and everybody has the MOTHER FUCKING INTERNET. Get educated, get healthy.