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  • YOU EXCUSE = MY SOLUTION

    How many excuses do you think you make in a day? We have been making up excuses since we were young. Excuses for not wanting to do homework. Excuses for not wanting to go "somewhere." Excuses for being late. The list could go on. Excuses have become a part of our inner dialogue for almost anything. If you think about it, excuses really on hurt our own performance and motivation. It serves as a distraction of sorts that prevents us from achieving the task, but it stems from a deeper, unconscious desire to protect ourselves. Excuses are much easier than change.

    When it comes to exercising, I have heard every excuse in the book. Right up there with teachers, I think personal trainers hear the most excuses. Excuses go in one ear out the other with me. I can create a “way” to exercise with every excuse I hear. However, there are two that I find “excusable” - being sick and if a doctor has ordered you to not workout. These two are definitely a reason to not workout BUT guess what you CAN do?? Eat healthy. Sure being sick is not fun and although most times you are not up for eating "junk" but when you just want to feel better, it’s easy to crave "comfort food" which tends to be on the unhealthy side. After all, eating healthy food will only help you heal from whatever is ailing you. If your doctor has ordered you to not exercise, I am almost certain, eating unhealthy was on the list. Not being able to exercise, for whatever reason, usually gives you even more of a reason to eat healthy.

    Now let me provide you with the most common excuses and my solution or “excuse buster” to provide you with a way to stay on track even when you think your “excuse” is valid.

    10 EXCUSES AND THEIR SOLUTIONS

    EXCUSE: "I don't have time."

    SOLUTION: It may seem as if you don't have time to exercise but I PROMISE you do. You just have to make the time and more importantly WANT to achieve your personal fitness/health goals. The reality is, throughout your day there is wasted time that you could carve out for exercise. Everyone can MAKE time. After all, we always make time for A LOT of things we enjoy. Ask yourself these questions: How much time are you on the computer? How much do you watch TV? Could you wake up one hour earlier or even a half hour? For everyone that thinks they are busy, I have someone I can point to that is even busier and they fit it in. Bottom line is you can make time, you just choose not to.

    EXCUSE: "I don't know what to do."

    SOLUTION: Finding guidance with exercise is all around you. Everywhere from the Internet, to magazine to your local fitness studio. There are people (like me) that are happy to point you in the right direction. Join in a fitness class, hire a personal trainer, follow a video online/DVD, etc.

    EXCUSE: "I'm too out of shape to do "that".

    SOLUTION: I hear this a lot. I hear things like “I’m too fat”, “I have bad knees”, “I’m too old”, and the list of excuses goes on. There is an exercise regimen for everyone. You just have to find what is suitable for your needs. We often limit ourselves mentally when our body is still up for the challenge. Sure you may have to modify, but the fact is you can do SOMETHING but trying NOTHING ain’t gonna cut it! As long as you are giving YOUR 100%, that’s all that matters.

    EXCUSE: “I hate to workout.”

    SOLUTION: The truth is, there is a small percentage of people that actually love to exercise. For most people, it’s a necessary evil. They do it because they want to be healthy, continue to fit in their favorite pair of jeans, manage their stress, etc. Maybe you hate to workout because you have not found the right “way” to exercise for YOU. Luckily there are SO many ways to exercise these days. The key is finding what will keep you going back. Do you like to dance? Try Zumba or a cardio kickboxing class. Have a hard time self-motivating? Or don’t really know what to do on your own? Join a fitness class where an instructor will ensure you have proper form, putting in the right amount of effort for your current fitness levels, etc. or higher a personal trainer that will customize your workouts to you, your personal fitness/health goals, etc.

    EXCUSE: "I don't have it in my budget right now."

    SOLUTION: You DO NOT need money to get fit. You can get access to awesome advice and killer workouts online for FREE. Need support? Follow people (like Lacey Lee Fitness) on their facebook & twitter pages – and interact with as many likeminded people as possible. This gives you the edge you need that Personal Training does. Everyone needs accountability and you don’t necessarily have to pay for it.

    EXCUSE: "I'm too old."

    SOLUTION: You’re never too old to start exercising. The research is clear: Exercise will help you live longer, with significantly increased mobility and independence. It has also been shown to improve cognitive function and prevent diabetes – even in old age. Overall, exercise will help to improve your quality of life. Try looking for programs that are specifically for your age group.

    EXCUSE: "I don't have the energy."

    SOLUTION: It may sound counterproductive but believe it or not when you exercise, you GET more energy. How many times have you forced yourself to workout even though you were low energy and walk away from that exercise feeling SO much better. There is a reason for that. The more you exercise, the more energy you will start having throughout your days.

    EXCUSE: “I travel a lot.”

    SOLUTION: I am the first to give you workouts to do while you travel that require ZERO equipment. You can search online for “body weight exercise routines” and find a workout suitable to your needs. It may not be like a boot camp class you are used to or one of your personal training sessions but doing “something” is most certainly better than nothing. Doing just 10-15 minutes of exercise will keep you in the habit of exercising plus you are doing much more for yourself than you may feel. You don’t even have to leave the hotel room. Simply email me for workouts you can do while you travel, at home or just when you can't make it to the gym - lacey@laceyleefitness.com

    EXCUSE: "I've tried everything and nothing works."

    SOLUTION: This can be frustrating but consider you may not have done everything “right”. You may have done a lot of right things, but something was missing. Maybe it was your nutrition that kept you from achieving your goals? Maybe whatever form of exercise was not challenging enough for you? Nutrition has WAY more of an impact of your goals being achieved than exercise. You could workout hours and hours everyday but if you are not eating properly, you will become frustrated and discouraged. Re-evaluate the exercises have been doing and look hard into what you have been eating. Your answers are there. They key to success is not giving up.

    EXCUSE: "I'm not overweight, so I don't need to exercise."

    SOLUTION: This is a big misconception. Exercise is not just a way to lose weight, but also a way to keep yourself healthy, your mood upbeat and your stress levels in check. Just because you are not overweight, does NOT mean you are free of health problems. People of any weight can have underlying health problems like diabetes, cholesterol, blood pressure, heart disease, and osteoporosis that can go undetected. Even if you are healthy - why risk getting to a point of an illness/disease when the solution is clear - cardio and weight training help build a healthy heart, lungs, muscle mass, and strong bones. These are KEY to combat disease as you age and will help you live a long and healthy life.

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