Saturday, January 19, 2013

You can't if you think you can't.


Can't is a bad word. If you are sure that you want to live better, and have improved health and fitness you have to stop saying you can't.

I can't exercise because I don't have time.
  • Everybody has time. It's yours to decide how to spend it. Instead of watching 'Biggest Loser' on TV once a week while sitting on the couch eating junk-food, spend that hour doing exercises in your home that require no equipment. Do some Push-ups, jumping-jacks, dips (use two kitchen chairs), climb stairs if you have them in your home. You can do crunches, planks, lunges, and a bunch of different stretching exercises. One hour of exercise a week is better than none, and you have to start somewhere. Also, what time do you get up in the mornings? Can you get up an hour earlier? Can you work out in the evenings (perhaps sacrificing TV or internet time)? Do you get a lunch-hour at work? There are plenty of places to find time, you just have to look.
I can't lose weight because my metabolism is slow.
  • Really? So is mine. I have severe Hypothyroidism. Before I started medication, my thyroid stimulating hormones were through the roof and my metabolism was non existent. If you really think you have a slow metabolism (and aren't just using that as an excuse), do something about it. See a doctor. You likely have a correctable medical condition. Also, your metabolism may be slow simply because you aren't active. Become active, eat a proper diet, and you might be amazed at how you metabolism can respond.
I can't run because my knees are bad.
  • Cool. Then don't run. Walking is better for fat loss anyway. So is an elliptical (if you have access to one) where you can do high-intensity interval workouts. Those HIIT workouts help with the time factor as well, since they only last about 20 minutes. Also, if you do start running, I'll bet your knees will get better with time as long as you don't overdo it.
I can't lift weights because my {back, shoulder, knees, hip, pinky toe} is bad and hurts.
  • Yes you can! In fact, you probably should. It will help your hurt body part get better. Why do you think they have folks who have had knee surgery doing leg extensions and leg curls? They key is not using too much weight, and building up over time. I'll bet your hurt body part will also build up over time as well.
I can't afford to join a gym.
  • This one is tricky, because perhaps you really can't. Most likely, it's an excuse. If you think you can't afford something, that you possibly need, it's time to reevaluate your spending habits. You can join an inexpensive gym such as Planet Fitness for as little as $10 a month, or a nicer gym such as the one I go to for around $40 a month. My $40 gym membership is payroll deducted thanks to arrangements my company made, and honestly after a while, you forget that money is coming out (It's around $20 per bi-weekly paycheck). If you are struggling to make ends meet, reevaluate everything in your life. If you are making ends meet, and still think you can't afford a gym, figure up how much you are spending on things such as Starbucks, Cable TV, junk-food, eating out (especially daily lunches). Even things like diet-gimmicks and food that claim to help you lose weight can suck up gym money. I'll bet you can find that $10-$40 a month somewhere. You may have to sacrifice a want in order meet a need, but it could be possible that you can afford some sort of gym membership.
This goes beyond fitness. This extends to your entire life. Anytime you catch yourself thinking you can't do something that you really want to do, you need to reevaluate the situation. I believe you can do anything you want to do if you try. One thing you can't do for sure is will a change to happen. You have to do something to make it happen.

Enjoy your journey. It's an amazing ride. You will learn a lot about yourself, and your entire outlook on life will change. This, I promise.

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