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Working Through Your Excuses

Do you want to lose weight? Put on Muscle? Look better and feel better? Then listen up because I'm going to tell you the secret that will make it all happen. For only $9.95!

Well, not exactly.

If you are tempted late some night to buy the "Rolling-Ab-Toe-Blaster with Optional Thigh Splint" resist the urge. Miracle devices you use six times, for five minutes are generally great at two things. Reducing the size of your wallet and building up dust beneath a bed. There is no miracle pill, magic machine or secret drink.

Getting in shape is work. (There, I said it. Work. Work, work, work, work, work. I know that's not the popular thing to say but it's the truth so get used to it.) It's a number of small steps. And here's the really tough part. You actually have to follow each of the steps to make a change.

The first thing you'll have to work through is excuses. Here are some of the most common, and what I tell my clients when they use them.

"I don't have time to exercise."

How much TV do you watch every day? If you cut that down by just ONE HOUR every other day you've got all the time you need to exercise. Here's how to do it without missing any of your favorite programs. Use your DVR to record the programs you normally watch. Then play them back and fast forward through the boring commercials and you save 15 minutes for each hour-long TV show.

"I'm too tired after work to exercise."

Did you know regular exercise can actually increase your energy? It may be a struggle at first but as your body gets in shape your energy levels rise. Working out can make you look better AND feel better.

"I don't want to go to a gym and workout. I'm too fat/thin/whatever to go there."

Gyms are for people to get in shape. There is no reason to be embarrassed when you're going to improve yourself. If you have a phobia that absolutely prevents you from using a gym then look into one of the reputable home gyms such as Soloflex, Bowflex or a Universal Gym.

"I can't afford to work out."

If you can't afford a gym membership or home gym there are hundreds of other ways to get in shape. Go walking, running or jogging. Take a bike ride or go swimming. Don't be afraid to get out and use nature, after all it's free.

Once we've made it past the excuses it's time to take a personal inventory. Write down the shape you're in right this moment. How much do you weigh? What is the measurement of your waist, stomach, chest, biceps, thighs and calves?

Fill out the sheet and put it in a safe place. We're going to bring it out every few months just to see what kinds of changes are happening.

This is the thinking part. You need to set a specific fitness goal. Don't just say things like, "I want to loose a little weight." Make it your goal to loose 15 pounds of fat or gain 15 pounds of muscle. Decide if you want to improve your tennis game or lower your heart rate. Be specific about your fitness goals and write them down.

Put your list on the refrigerator or your bathroom mirror. By seeing it every day you're more likely to keep working toward that goal.

Finally choose a way to show off the new you. You might do it by participating in a 5K run, taking a hike or simply by wearing a more revealing costumer for Halloween. Choose something you want to participate in and use it as motivation for the work ahead of you.

You've got your assignment, now get to work!

Call for a FREE Consultation (305) 296-3434
CAUTION: Check with your doctor before
beginning any diet or exercise program.

1/9/2003