No more excuses
There are so many excuses that stop people from exercising. Believe me I have heard them all over the years, you name it and I have heard it! I really believe that if you make up your mind to do something and promise yourself and those around you that you will persist until you have reached your goal, despite any roadblock that may get in your way, you will get there. I don’t think that any of the excuses I have heard are worthy reasons for not losing weight or getting fit or running a marathon or whatever your goal is. The excuses, more often than not, are just ways of stopping you from doing something because you are afraid or scared of facing up to the fact that you need to change your life, change your food or lose weight! Simply make a deal with yourself to persist until you are there and believe me you will get there.
Here are two of the excuses that I hear the most and the reasons why they aren’t really excuses at all:
Being too overweight to start:
Many people believe that they are simply too heavy to start exercising and that they can’t do anything but sit and get heavier, letting life become more and more difficult due to their weight. Come on folks, do you really think this or are you using this as an excuse? No matter what weight you are, 30 stone or 13 stone, you can achieve equally great results. You can start exercising. You just need to adjust your plan to allow for your fitness levels. You need to progress slowly and safely, so that you build up your fitness gradually.
If you are very overweight and get out of breath easily then why not try to do a 30 minute walk every day, combined with one set of exercises after a week or two as you get fitter and stronger? Even with a simple programme like that, you can achieve results. You will feel better and more positive. Any small change in your life will yield big results, all you have to do is face that fear, make that change. That is the hardest part!
The National Guidelines on Physical Activity for Ireland recommend that you get at least 30 minutes a day of moderate activity. For many people that may seem like too much, so why not start off slowly and build it up gradually and safely? Doesn’t seem quite so scary now does it?
But I am a smoker:
Thirty one percent of Irish people smoke, that’s nearly one in three people! Nicotine is known to be more addictive than heroin, cocaine, alcohol, cannabis and caffeine, so don’t worry if you have failed to give up before. The fact that it is so addictive is the reason for this. I’m not going to lecture you on just how bad smoking is, I will simply present you with the facts and let you make up your own mind.
Smoking has known links to cancer, heart attacks, blood clots, strokes, ulcers, lung infections and bronchitis. For all you men out there suffering from impotence, guess what, the level of impotence is 50% higher in male smokers!
Whatever about your decision to damage your own body, it is even worse for those around you. The next time you are smoking in the car with the windows closed, have a think about what you are doing to your passengers. Passive smoking contains 70% more tar and over 100 times more carcinogens (cancer causing agents) than smoking the cigarette itself. In reality you are causing more damage to others around you than you are to yourself.
I know it’s addictive, but if you truly want to quit you can do it! Many people fear that they will put on weight if they give up the demon drug as cigarettes act as an appetite suppressant. But this doesn’t have to be the case. On last year’s Operation Transformation there were two leaders who gave up smoking and both lost weight, nearly two stone each over the eight weeks! When you give up smoking your metabolism slows down and your appetite will increase.
Here are a few tips that will help you to keep that weight off:
- Speed up your metabolism through healthy diet and exercise.
- Try to exercise in the morning as it will keep your metabolism higher during the day.
- Be positive and reward yourself every week that you manage to stay off the cigarettes.
- Drink at least two litres of water per day to keep your body hydrated.
- Apples are full of anti-oxidants that will help to undo the damage done to the lungs so eat plenty of those.
- Don’t crash diet so that your metabolism can increase naturally.
These two excuses are doing nothing but holding you back from changing your life. Life is short enough without making it shorter for yourself. So take a good look in the mirror, face that fear that you are making excuses for and take that giant step into the unknown – health! I will give you all the information you need right here, in language you can understand, so are YOU up for it?