These days we all seem so busy, we wake up, go to work, stay late after work to meet that precious deadline, get home exhausted, watch some TV, eat something easy and not necessarily healthy and then go to bed.
A growing trend in the fitness industry is the member sign up but never attend phase. For most large scale global gyms this particular trend suits them to a “T”. They get paid to provide a service that basically is never used.
We’ve all been there, we know we need to make a change in our lives and we cecum to that sudden wave of motivation that we think “That’s it! Enough is enough, I'm going to do something about this!” We google fitness and health facilities in the local area, arrange a meet and greet and sign up then and there. We have every intention to follow through on our 8 week health goals; eat well, exercise once a day and drop 5kgs by the family trip to Fiji in December.
The first week starts off a bit rocky and we manage to get to the gym once, “that’s ok I'm just starting out, next week will be better”. Then next week rolls around and we have found ourselves in the same rut as a week ago , we are eating poorly and that motivation to make a positive change in our lives passes just as fast as it entered. We begin to make excuses as to why we aren't exercising, “I think I'm coming down with the flu”, “It’s too hard”, “I've been on my feet all day”, “I'm too tired”, “I can’t be bothered”… stop me if you have heard any of these before.
The truth is, breaking a bad habit is hard work and making a serious change in one’s life after years of neglect is even harder. Quitting is an action that, if performed enough, becomes a habit.
Just like working, sleeping and socialising has become a part of your everyday life so should exercise and taking care of yourself. Everyone thinks that in order for this to happen we have to join a gym and of course this isn’t the case, joining a gym has both pro and cons. Have you heard this before? "Drive 30 minutes to the gym to spend 20 minutes walking on a treadmill”. There are few things you can do in a gym that you can’t do at home, so if accessibility is an issue than look into alternative exercise avenues. Start a daily walking/ running group with friends, do a 30 minute Zumba workout in your living room, or follow any one of the hundreds of home workout videos on YouTube.
This being said, a lot of us miss the motivation to move the coffee table out of the way and get sweaty with the couch so close. So going to a gym takes away that couch option and forces you to exercise (once you make it through the front door). You have access to group exercise classes where instructors should be trying hard to motivate and encourage you. You are surrounded by other people also trying to make a positive change in their lives and so it puts the need to exercise front and centre.
The point I am trying to make this week is “Stop the excuses”. Your body is capable of amazing things, if you’re unhappy with the way you look then make the necessary changes; eat healthier, exercise more and stop feeling sorry for yourself. Push yourself out of the emotional eating bubble and make some time for you.
We are so good at making time for everybody else, we work extra hours when asked, we stay late at work when a deadline is due and we jump on the Mr Crackles band wagon because everybody else is. You are your own person, with your own needs and its time you prioritised the things that are important to you. With a busy life comes the importance of planning and organisation, if you aren’t setting a time aside for you to exercise then you will never crawl yourself out of the emotional eating cycle.
The funny thing about finding the inner motivation to take that leap is that everybody takes an all or nothing approach, we don’t want people to try and be ruler of the world, but rather be ruler of your own world, your own space, the things that you can change, evolve and adapt.
Don’t make excuses, make changes.