Three little words can make a huge difference

Don't make exercise excuses
Don't make exercise excuses
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Just do it.

Three little words which can make such a big difference.

How much time do we spend planning, speculating and hesitating?

There’s always something we want or know we should do, but instead of getting on with it we procrastinate and make the usual excuses not to do it.

How many times have you said ‘I’m too tired’?

How many times have you said ‘I don’t have time’?

I bet you’ve found yourself saying ‘It doesn’t matter if I skip my work-out today’ at some point in your life.

Whether your work-out involves a good run or hammering the weights, it can be hard to summon the energy to get it done.

But most of us know that we will feel a lot better after exercise, so why the endless struggle?

While as a personal trainer I can offer lots of advice on the physical side of keeping fit and healthy, there is an important mental aspect too.

Knowing what you need to do and why is crucial to being successful in reaching your goals.

So if you’re struggling to get active then you need to identify why you are trying to get active in the first place.

There are plenty of good reasons to get active. For you these might include all or any of the following:

· Wanting to lose fat and look leaner.

· Perhaps you want to get more muscular or improve your performance in your occupation or a sport.

· It’s certainly a great method of reducing health risks and increasing self-confidence.

Bad reasons to get active are typically reasons projected from others on to you.

· Perhaps you feel guilty for not exercising enough because your friends all hit the gym three times a week.

· Did someone tell you you should be doing it because you look overweight, or too skinny?

Being over or underweight is indeed something which suggests you need a healthier lifestyle.

But you should be the one wanting to make those changes to your body – not someone else.

In contrast to the bad reasons, the common theme with the good reasons to be active are centred around providing a direct benefit to you.

For example, making you feel better about yourself or increasing your physical and mental health.

The more positive reasons you have for doing something, the more likely you are to succeed.

While any exercise is generally good exercise, having bad motives for exercise will probably result in either poor performance or quitting.

And this negative experience could be enough to put anyone off living an active lifestyle for a long time.

Getting fitter or changing your body in any way has to be something you want to do, so think about the benefits to be had and get stuck in.

Next time you’re finding it hard to get yourself into gear, remember why you’re doing it and focus on what you are going to achieve.

Then, just do it.