Every once in a while, I tell my students. “You need to pat yourselves on the back. You are HERE for exercise class!”
I readily admit that my personal advantage to aging gracefully is that I teach fitness classes which makes me accountable and forces me to exercise on the days when I don’t feel like it!
But I do have great excuses to NOT exercise. Would you like some?
When I exercise at home alone, nobody knows if I miss a day… or a week! I’ll just sit this one or two out.
My remedy: One minute. Just one minute of exercise daily. When I go for one minute, I’ll usually do more, but one minute means I did something today! And if I do that every day, it becomes routine, and it’s WHAT I do. It’s WHO I am. It becomes a MINDSET!
When I am going to a new group exercise class, it’s SCARY! What if I can’t keep up? What if the students aren’t friendly? What if they laugh at me for being uncoordinated or weak?
My remedy: Change my thinking. I don’t HAVE to do this. I’m CHOOSING to do this because it’s good for me. I might make new friends, but if they’re not friendly, I’ll just focus on me and see how well I can do. Who cares what someone else thinks anyway?
When I go to the gym, it can be an unfriendly place because so many people are wearing earbuds. They’re in their own worlds, with either blank faces or heads bobbing to music that I can’t hear. I can’t just ask, “Do you know where… ? Can you help me… ? Have you tried… ?”
My remedy: I swear I just did this last week… I saw someone who didn’t have earbuds and said, “Hey, what should we talk about? Nobody will hear us!” We laughed about it and said how different it is at the gym compared to when we were younger where we could easily make friends while we were working out. It started a conversation.
Another remedy: If you prefer, use your own earbuds! Apparently, it works for many people, just not for me.
By the way, I haven’t even gotten to HOW HARD IT IS TO EXERCISE yet!
It’s SO hard that your heart will have to beat faster, you’ll break into a sweat, and your body may start trembling from the exhaustion and effort.
So, is it a challenge to exercise? Yes, it’s REALLY challenging!
My point, my dear friends, is that you need to pat yourself on the back if you’ve even done one minute today.
Keep up the good work and keep trying new remedies to conquer your excuses! The benefits of exercise make it all worth it!
And, if you need to know more about the benefits, just put “benefits of exercise” into the search bar at the right, and you’ll see many!
Do YOU have some excuses or remedies to share with me?
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