When you’re trying to get in shape, remember this:
“If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse.”
This is one of the quotes I look at whenever I feel I’m going downhill with my exercise habit.
Even though I’ve been a regular exerciser for the past few years, I still need that quote to remind me why I go through the discomfort of working out day in and day out.
When I first decided to take up exercise, it took me ages to actually get started. There was always something more urgent and important to do.
I knew I needed to lose the extra fat I was collecting around my waist. But I could easily find excuses: I didn’t have enough time or money to use a gym. I was also very busy and stressed out.
So I thought “I’ll start next week when things are better.” Huh! That week turned into a month and still I hadn’t started exercising.
Then I looked in the mirror and thought “OMG! My body looks like a cylinder. No curve in the middle. No waist. I really need to get in shape.”
So, I started looking past the gym excuse. That meant looking at exercises I could do at home.
But you know what? It was a few more months before I actually started exercising regularly. There was always “I have to do this first,” “I’m too tired and stressed,” “I haven’t got this equipment they’re recommending,” etc etc.
Sometimes, I’d do a workout. And then I wouldn’t get around to doing another one for a few days. Then I’d force myself to do one. And again, not do it for a couple of weeks.
But one thing I soon realized: unless this goal was so important I had no choice but to do it, I wouldn’t do it at all.
So, to make it important enough, I had to find my reason for wanting it.
I wanted it so that I’d look great. Why do I want to look great? Because looking great boosts my self-esteem.
When I looked out of shape, my self-esteem went down the toilet. That affected everything else in life too. I lost confidence, and that reduced my chance of success in work.
It really was spoiling everything.
So, I reasoned that I needed to be in good shape as much as I needed water. Without water I’d die. Without being in shape, my life would be wrecked.
When I looked at it that way, of course I had no choice but to work out.
I visualized all sorts of things to get myself to workout regularly. Like running into a snobbish old school mate who thought she was a guy-magnet. Like seeing myself still in great shape at 75.
I pinned up photos of women with a great body so that I was constantly inspired and reminded why I needed to work out.
So, I had prioritized the goal to get in shape. I’d made it so important I hardly ever found excuses for not exercising. Any excuses my mind generated were quickly shot down in flames as soon as I visualized the end results.
Was it easy for me to get into the habit of regular exercise?
I still find myself unmotivated to work out from time to time. Especially after a short lay off such as going on a trip or recovering from a cold. But I always manage to get back on track because I quickly recall my reason why. The “why” that makes the exercise so important it’s easy to overcome my own excuses every day.
One warning though. Don’t start making big, sudden changes.
Humans are creatures of habit. We can’t handle big changes all of a sudden. If you want success, you’ve got to start slowly and consistently.
Don’t make the mistake of aiming all of a sudden to exercise for 1 hour, 5 to 6 days a week. Start with 2 to 3 days a week, just 10 to 20 minutes like in this home workout system.
In fact, if you do it right, just a 20-minute session 3 days a week is enough to see significant changes in your body shape.
So, stop making excuses. Stop putting everything else in your life first. Make it a priority to get into the best shape you possibly can.
Remember: Start small. But take action right now and get in shape with this Equipment-Free 20 Minute Beginner Home Workout System.