“I won't be able to make the session today Papa because……….”
I have had some fantastic excuses over the years from clients who have chosen to reschedule their pre-booked sessions or cancel attending one of my free online sessions that I used to do. So much so that I wanted to share the best ones as it leads to a very important topic of discussion around the mental approach to exercise.
“The time on my laptop was set to French time”
“Thank you for reminding me but I forgot” (the worst excuse but shows a total lack of mental desire to exercise)
“I am at a BBQ and it is my dad’s fault as he has just poured me another drink.”
If you are searching for an excuse not to exercise then your whole approach to exercise is wrong and you will always have this internal battle. Exercise starts with a positive thought process and determination to get up and go.
First of all get your head around and accept that exercise is hard work, result don’t come in the post they take months, it hurts and will always hurt…………..“no pain no gain”
Sometimes the pain is in the mental strength that is required to push you out the door or jump around your living room when all you want to do is relax, not the physical side.
Taking part in regular exercise means that you have to remind yourself every day why you have chosen to start your exercise journey. You need to be proactive in your planning and set a time in your day when you are in the best mindset. Exercise should be as easy as choosing to have a coffee. Get your gym kit out and ready, protect your time in your diary, tell people what you are going to do. Choose an exercise activity that you like, don’t follow the crowd. Change the type of exercise routine you do regularly from month to month. Some days only plan when you are going to exercise and decide what to do when you have put your trainers on. Prepare your body for exercise, eat the right energy food and keep hydrated, if in doubt have a big glass of water.
Most of all remember how good the feeling is once you have exercised, remember how relaxed you feel, how for the duration you did not think of anything else but putting one leg in front of the other, the weights you are lifting; how good you looked when you caught yourself in the mirror.
To all of you who have already laced up your trainer and are exercising, congratulations but you too are prone to making excuses and regressing. Just by deciding to get active and exercise does not mean you will achieve your goals, do not rush out and buy the latest fitness gadget, only do this when you are past the 3-4 month stage of your journey. The next 6 months will be the toughest. keep the focus on making exercise part of your daily routines.
The first sign of your regression is when you start to look at buying exercise gadgets, equipment and potions. The biggest excuse is I will do it at home or this will work quicker. The exercise gadgets will come out the box for a few weeks and then you will use them to dry your clothes on or say they do not work and it is not well made. Exercise is exercise, it is not rocket science and it is simple, you have to make the body move. If you are smiling as you read this my advice is change it up, do a different exercise, sport, gym routine, join a club. Better still, go get a personal trainer for a few sessions who will push you over the blip and get you back in the zone. Once you lose it you lose it and you will find yourself sitting watching TikTok and Insta exercising your fingers and eyes dipping a chocolate digestive into a cuppa.
Now the bad news………only you can do the exercise, only you can make the change, only you can decide to put your trainers on and get a wiggle on.
Remember, exercise is not just for Christmas, it is for life.