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YOUR LOOK fitness Excuses, Excuses Now that you’ve used every reason in the book to avoid exercising, why don’t you ask yourself how you can overcome them? ou’ve told yourself dozens of times that tomorrow you are going to start exercising. Yet tomorrow has come and gone, and you still haven’t starting moving. So what’s holding you back? What excuse seems fitting today? It’s time to face your excuses head-on so that you can overcome them and choose to live a healthier lifestyle. You know the excuses, because at one time or another, you’ve used one of them. And if you haven’t, maybe it’s time to share your secret. For the rest of us, though, let’s take a look at what we can do to overcome these reasons to fail. Y “I DON’T HAVE TIME” This if by far one of the most common excuses used. But it still doesn’t hold water. People that use this excuse are actually saying that exercise is not enough of a priority to make it on their week- ly to-do list. If you fall into this category, then it’s time to review your daily priority list. Certainly there is something less important that you are doing for 20 minutes every day that can be replaced with exercise. After all, exercise is one of the most important things you can do for yourself and your family to ensure that you live a long, full, disease- free life. “I’VE TRIED AND FAILED IN THE PAST” It’s true that it can be difficult to get motivated to try some- thing after you’ve failed before, but isn’t your health worth anoth- er try? If you’ve been unsuccessful at exercising in the past, then re-evaluate what went wrong. Did you try to do too much, too quickly? It’s very common for people to be overzealous when start- ing their new workouts, and they end up either burning out or get- ting injured early on. Did you set unrealistic goals for yourself? Try to stick with small goals that are truly achievable. For example, plan to work out three times per week for the next month. “I CAN’T AFFORD A GYM MEMBERSHIP” You don’t have to spend a single minute in a gym in order to lose weight or get fitter. Just walking outside is a great place to start. Also, home fitness equipment has become very affordable 60 PAGEANTRY PHOTOGRAPHER: STU HALUSKI MODEL: JESSICA BLACK and accessible. For as little as $30, you can buy some great home equipment that will really challenge your body. A resistance band and an exercise ball allow you to work every muscle group and even get a cardiovascular workout. “I’M TOO FAT AND OUT-OF-SHAPE” Unless your physician has forbidden exercise, then it’s very un- likely that this excuse has any validity. If you are extremely out-of- shape, then you simply need to start with baby steps. Walking is always a great place to start. You may have to start with just five minutes. That’s okay. You can gradually add more time each week. If walking is not an option, then you could try some pool exercis- es. At the very least, you can start by getting active while sitting. There are many beneficial strength training exercises you can do while sitting. “I DON’T HAVE ANY EXERCISE EQUIPMENT” Nice try, but it doesn’t require special equipment to get your heart pumping. Don’t underestimate what you can do with things that are already in your house. For example, if you have a flight of stairs in your house then you’ve got an awesome way to get your heart rate up just by walking or running the stairs. Grab soup cans or milk jugs filled with sand to immolate dumbbells for strength training exercises. Try push-ups and tricep dips, and you’ll quickly realize how hard your body has to work when just using its own weight. “I DON’T KNOW WHAT EXERCISES TO DO” There are literally dozens of ways to learn what exercises will