Excuses, Exercise Excuses: What’s Yours?

Posted on May 12, 2008. Filed under: Fitness, health | Tags: , , |

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What stops you from exercising? People give many excuses, some of them I have given myself, here are some of my favourites:

Cost: This can be true, but there are people out there who earn enough money to buy “essential” items like cigarettes, alcohol and beauty products or $150 on one dinner and yet cannot seem to find the $15 per week to go to a fitness centre and take care of their health.

Time: This one is a biggy, we all know we are stressed for time in a world that was meant to be made easier by automation and technology we are busier than ever. However, one thing all this added stress has done is make the need to take time out more important than ever. Take care of yourself or there will be no energy left for you to do all the things you have prioritised for yourself. The book, “7 Habit of Highly Successful People” teaches you to put your ‘me time’ as your first priority.

Energy: Are you too tired to exercise? It’s time to realise that exercise gives you more energy, not less, and the best time to exercise is when you are feeling tired and rundown. Get outside, walk, swim, surf, anything other than crash on the couch for yet another day.

Too Hard: This is a cop out, yes it will be difficult to begin, but everyone knows that fitness levels rise the more you exercise. The fitter you get the harder you can push yourself and the greater the satisfaction. If you are feeling too lazy to exercise, think about where you will be fitness and health wise in 10 years time, do you really want to be that unwell and that unfit? Stop the excuses and move your body.

What it all comes down to: It’s too late when your dead, you won’t have to worry about finding the money, the time or the motivation, that’s when you can be as lazy as you want. If you want to be lazy now, go ahead act like your dead right now. But, if you want to have the energy to play with your kids, dance with your partner, and enjoy time with loved ones it might be time to think seriously about getting some exercise.

What choice are you going to make today? Now ask yourself, why am I making that choice?

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Do Your Limiting Beliefs Block Your Health and Fitness Goals

Posted on May 8, 2008. Filed under: wellbeing | Tags: , , , , |

Limiting beliefs they seem to be with us for most of our lives, some of us manage to move past a few of them but then more seem to rear there ugly heads. For instance if you are currently doing your best to maintain a health and fitness program and yet, have a limiting belief that you have always been plump and unfit, you just might find yourself sabotaging your best efforts to become fit and healthy.

“I’ll just skip a day,” or “I have a headache today,” or “I deserve a treat, I’ve been so good for so long,” any of these are ways to avoid doing what we know we need to and worse yet they lead to another day and then another day when we give ourselves more and more reasons not to have to continue doing what we know is good for us.

What are some ways you can get past these moments and keep up the good work? Just relying on willpower will not work, give yourself the gift of new habits of thinking along with your new body.

Try these:

  • Question your assumptions about your reality, has it always been true or can you remember or find a time when it wasn’t? To do this you will have to listen in on your mind-talk and when your mind says something about ‘always’ or ‘never’ as in, “I’m kidding myself, I’ll never be slim and healthy, no-one in my family has ever been slim” grab that thought and ask yourself immediately, “Why not?” and “Never?” find someone in your family that proves that thought untrue, even if it is yourself. Have you ever been slim and trim? Prove that thought untrue and you will have opened up and moved your boundaries and limitations.
  • Once you have begun to move your boundaries, remain open to new information about yourself and your life, find beliefs that suit the way you want to be and the way you want life to be. Try it on for size and see if it fits, by giving it a few weeks to prove itself to you and then actively look for moments in your life when it does. (This is what we do with our limiting beliefs, so your mind is used to proving you right – remember you are always right as you will always actively look for proof that you are and actively avoid looking at or remembering moments that prove you wrong – if you believe you can’t you will find evidence to prove that in your daily life and become blind and deaf to the evidence that proves you wrong, and the same if you believe you can – personally I’d much rather believe I can!)

more to come… Remember it’s all about perception!

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