It's tall, it's made out of brick and of course, it's a wall. A wall usually has one of two purposes: to keep something out or to keep something in. The stronger and taller the wall tells you about what it is that you're trying to control. In Robert Frost's saying that good walls make good neighbors he was talking about the people on each side of the wall keeping to themselves. So basically the wall was saving each neighbor from himself, preventing him from prying into his neighbor's business.
When it come to fitness and healthy living people also erect walls. These walls are also built to protect themselves, or so they believe. These "protections" are not necessarily needed nor are they always part of the conscious mind. To the contrary, these thoughts are self destructive and must be opposed with great force and resolve.
After long contemplation I have arrived at the unfortunate conclusion that the overriding reason why people do not commit to a fitness program is the fear of exertion. They just don't want to work at it. Even incremental steps to a fitness goal are avoided using all manner of excuses, although lack of time and money are the most used. Another key reason people avoid a fitness plan is fear of failure. They understand to some extent the size of the undertaking and fear that they cannot be successful. So the real excuses are not lack of time or funds but laziness and fear of failure.
No one enjoys the title lazy and most people want to be considered as fearless, or at least not to be considered a wimp. So to protect themselves from these pejoratives they build the wall of 'I don't have the time.' or 'I can't afford it'. These walls are strong, after all they're made of the brick of reason and mortar of fiscal responsibility. The picture I've painted here is not pretty, but in my next posting I will give you some simple tools to chip away at the mighty walls of fitness excuses.
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