There is no excuse like an old excuse not to stay fit in the New Year
By Demie Scott For Sun-Times Media January 17, 2014 6:10PM
Updated: February 21, 2014 6:12AM
And so goes the end of the holiday season. Celebration has run its course and regular routines have been resumed, with one exception.
It’s the 2014 resolutions: goals, strategies and motivators to adopt a healthier lifestyle.
While a new approach may be on the horizon, the challenge will be to overcome those old excuses:
I am so tired; it isn’t good to exercise when you’re tired.
It’s too dark, cold, hot, windy, snowy, rainy, foggy, cloudy, sunny, etc. to get to the gym.
The weight gain is from stress, not from what I am eating.
Cold pizza was all there was in the fridge to eat.
Don’t want to get bulky.
Don’t want to lose size.
It’s not good to work out on a full stomach.
I may be overweight, but I don’t suffer from diabetes or high blood pressure.
I need a workout buddy; no one is available.
I like to work out alone; my friends shadow me.
It’s too late.
It’s too early.
I have to work.
I don’t like to work out on my day off.
I bought a stability ball; just need to pump it up.
My pants still fit; they have always been tight.
I need to lose weight before I exercise.
The list of excuses is endless and are provided by various sources, such as your own thoughts, opinions from friends, family, co-workers. Magazines, TV, the Internet and so on.
Instead of fighting to eliminate excuses,learn to manage them. How, you say?
Listing your top five personal excuses used to avoid eating better and exercising.
Committing to a minimum of three to four days per week in following a fitness plan.
Limiting your unique excuses (can’t repeat) to only one time per week, for five weeks.
Following your fitness plan for the next five weeks with no excuses. (They were all used up during the previous five weeks.)
At the end of the 10 weeks, your faded excuses will be replaced by glowing results.
Remember my motto: “What would Demie say?”
Well, this time, it would be: “Don’t excuse you.”
Next time: “Fit In”
Demie Scott is a certified personal trainer and owner of FrisScott and Associates, Inc., and occasional columnist for The Courier-News. Do you have a health and fitness question or topic you would like considered for future columns? E-mail Scott through the contact us page on her website, www.makingfitnessconvenient.com. Check with your physician before starting an exercise program.