Last week I enumerated quite a number of reasons why people do not incorporate a fitness routine into their lives. In this post I will help you overcome these mental obstacles with a reasoned approach.

  • Time - I just don't have the time needed to devote to a fitness program

    • The number one excuse is stated simply as "I don't have the time," It can be challenging to carve out some time for your health. Think about how you feel now and how your loved ones will feel if you were to exit stage left next week. Understand that the changes you make with a fitness routine will have immediate benefits and over the course of your program far reaching affects.

  • Finances - I can't afford to pay a professional to help me through this

    • Of all the reasons why not to hire a fitness professional I can relate to this one. The answer is equally simple - how can you afford not to and "What is your happiness worth." Hiring a professional will be money well spent and will set you up for great successes in everything else you do.
  • Failure - I'm afraid to fail
    • Most humans have some fear of failure so this is completely normal. The great thing about starting a fitness routine is that you can't fail. Any time spent helping your body and brain is a success. If the failure is in reaching a goal your trainer knows how to help you set goals that are attainable and that fit with your lifestyle.
  • Weight - I am so overweight I cannot even begin to exercise
    • Certified personal trainers understand how to develop a program for people who are over weight or even obese. Each movement done will help you burn calories and thus help you get healthier by losing weight and making your body stronger.
  • Deconditioned - I cannot move enough to make exercise work for me
    • It is an amazing fact that you do not have to be an athlete to have exercise transform your body and change your life. Your greatest gains will be made in the beginning when you are in a deconditioned state.
  • Medical condition - I have medical issues that prevent me from exercising
    • A properly trained trainer will quiz you about your health and using an industry standard (PARQ) questionnaire find out if you will need to have your doctor's approval before starting an exercise program. The vast majority of people can jump right in and start exercising.
  • Equipment - I don't have what I need, e.g. clothes, treadmill
    • This one is easy - all you need is your body weight and gravity, and last I checked those were plentiful and free. A good trainer will able to instruct you with dozens of movements that can lead you to a stronger, more balanced and flexible body.
  • Tired - I'm tried already, exercise will make me more tired
    • Although it may be hard to understand, exercise actually increases your energy levels and activates your brain with chemicals and hormones that give you a boost in drive and kick start your 'get up and go'.
  • Unmotivated - I can't get the motivation to start
    • My approach with getting motivated is simple in concept and it's a two step process. 1. Know that you should do this. 2. Just do it! Don't ruminate over the whys and the hows. Stop the second guessing and take action.
  • No support - Nobody is supporting me
    • One of the ten key reasons for hiring a personal trainer is for the close support you will receive. Lean on your trainer, thats what he's there for.
  • Inability - I have three left feet
    • Your trainer is himself trained to develop a program that is customized and aligned with all of your abilities and will always be modified to be appropriate for you.
  • Eat more - Exercise will make me eat more
    • This is not a bad thing. When activity causes you to burn more calories your body will need and consume more. A trainer will advise you on general nutrition, giving you a foundation of information that you can use to make the most of the weight loss benefits afforded by exercise. Intense exercise will require  you to eat more protein and  carbohydrates that are needed to feel strong and to help you burn the fat that you currently have on your body.

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