NO EXCUSES by Bob Amic, CFT, I.S.S.A.

Spring is almost here! It’s hard to believe the past three months have cruised by so quickly. So let me ask you this; was one of your New Year’s resolutions to improve your health? If the answer is yes, are you still on track? Congratulations if you are and please keep up the good work. If you haven’t started yet or have begun to fall off a bit, it’s not too late to get things on the right track.


“Excuse” can be defined as 1) to seek to remove blame, 2) to serve as a justification, 3) to release from an obligation or duty. I bet I’ve heard every excuse imaginable why people don’t exercise. I could write a book on excuses. I could also write volumes on why you should exercise, but let’s look some of the top excuses why most people don’t.


“I don’t have time”. Here’s my personal favorite. Last time I checked, we all have twenty-four hours in a day and inactive people have just as much free time as those who are committed to exercising, so we can stop using this one right now. There are ten-thousand, eighty minutes in a week and exercising three times a week for one hour is less than two percent of your time. Enough said?


“I’m too tired.” We’ve all heard that “a body in motion stays in motion,” and the rest of that truth is, “a body at rest stays at rest.” Exercising actually gives you the energy that you need to remain in motion. Give it three weeks and I promise you’ll feel the surge of energy.


“Exercise is boring”. If you really believe that, try some of the amazing group fitness classes that we offer. Or socialize with some of the great members while strength-training. I guarantee that you won’t be bored for long.


“I can’t afford a gym membership”. I really love this one too, but I’ll keep it short and sweet. With monthly memberships as much as a co-pay on a doctor’s visit or a prescription, can you afford NOT to exercise?


“I’m not seeing any results”. Many times, it’s because one quits too soon. No one puts excess weight on overnight and it’s not going to come off overnight either. Give your body time to respond. Often, it can take as much as three months before you start seeing results. In the meantime, enjoy ALL of the other benefits of exercise.


“I don’t know how to exercise”. With the wealth of information available at your fingertips, this one won’t work either. There are thousands upon thousands of websites, books and videos will cover every form of exercise that you could think of. Or take the most direct path and hire a Certified Personal Trainer to get you on course.


The bottom line is for every excuse, there is an answer. But in the long run, if you knock off the excuses and you look for positive reasons to exercise and stay with it, you’ll create your own list of answers of why you should exercise in order to lead a healthy and happy life-style.