I am not known for my patience; my learning and coaching style is one of a militaristic drill sergeant and I do very well on both the giving and receiving ends. The best way for you to motivate me is to tell me I can’t and get in my face. I will rise to the occasion often in full fighting mode. I’ve learned the hard way that doesn’t work for everyone and most days I adjust my style to my prospect or target.
Not today. Sometimes you just have to tell it like it is. . .
1. You don’t have the money. It’s an investment in your health. You don’t have to have a personal trainer or exclusive gym membership; all you need to begin is the will to do so. Walk, jog, run or bike and do basic body weight exercises to begin. Invest in a pair of dumbbells one set at a time; add in a medicine ball, then a barbell as you can afford and before you know it you will be on your way to a well stocked home gym.
2. You don’t have the time. We all are given the same 24 hours in a day. We can all find 1 hour 3 times a week to do something physical in order to improve our health and activities of daily living. Give up television, surfing the net or whatever is standing in your way. Worst case – find 30 minutes three times a week.
3. You’re under too much stress right now. And other people aren’t? Part of the reason you’re so stressed is because you’re not doing anything to relieve it. Your stress will be lessened if you physically work some steam off. And you will be better able to handle challenging situations and problems
4. You need to lose some weight first. Well let’s start with not walking to the refrigerator so much and moving it outside or into a gym. Lifting heavy things and conditioning will initiate and expedite the loss of body fat. Reign the diet in simultaneously.
5. You hate to exercise. Well I hate to break it to you but it’s as vital to your well being as sleeping and eating. Find something you like; there are many forms, methods and modes. You may not love it but you will love the results and that should be enough to keep you motivated.
6. You’re too old. You’re too old not to; you can improve your strength at any age. Use it or lose it; prevent dis ease and disability before it happens. If you’re already there you can usually lessen the degree if not reverse it.
7. You don’t want to get sweaty and it hurts. Sweating is healthy, take a shower afterwards. Sweating will aid in the releasing of toxins in your body. Don’t overdo your exercise in the beginning; move in a progressive yet intelligent manner in regards to volume, load and frequency. Realize there will be some discomfort along the way. No pain no gain. Suck it up buttercup.
8. I don’t want to work that hard. Then get used to mediocrity in all areas of your life at best. Buy some long term care, you’ll most likely need it.
9. You’re not seeing results. Evaluate your training program. Do you have goals and a plan and program to achieve them? If not take a step back and get that figured out. If you’re not losing weight that is most likely nutrition based in which you need to evaluate your food intake. Keep an online food log for a week to see where any problems may lie. That will enable you to know what to change.
10. You don’t know what to do. Hire a personal trainer or join a group exercise class; if that is not an option take advantage of the wealth of free information online. With some research and effort you can learn.
There you have it. Questions?
Moral of the dissertation: You can have excuses or results but not both.