Mission 17: Overcome Exercise Excuses

By now you’ve been working away on your exercise program.

I’m hoping that you’ve stuck with it pretty consistently – after all, we agreed in Mission 15: Kick The Perfectionism Habit to aim for progress, not perfection.

But sooner or later, you’re going to start coming up with excuses – totally lame reasons why you can’t do it today. You’ll feel tired, it will be raining, your left toe will hurt.

But before you start getting too creative with your excuses, I’m going to head you off at the pass.

In this mission, we’re going to learn the shocking truth about exercise. Once you know it, you can’t un-know it – and it will help you win the workout war.

Then we’ll look at those hoary old chestnuts – the excuses that have served you in the past. And one by one, we’ll annihilate every last one of them.

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  • http://facebook.com/profile.php?id=724656014 Danielle Desjardins

    I usually find excuses to go walking instead of finding excuses not to go. I didn’t get the chance to work out yesterday because of the graduation and I missed it so much:(. Can’t wait to get back into it tonight, and next week I can get on my regular routine of 3 hours of walking a day.:) If someone wants to see my picture of my daughter’s graduation, it’s on my Facebook profile. You can add me as a friend and check the pictures out:)

  • http://facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000832252767 Spain-Brooks Margie

    Instead of making excuses, I will excuse myself to go and exercise! Focus on solving the dilemma

  • http://facebook.com/profile.php?id=721051695 Kylie Browne

    “The only thing that is going to hit you is the sudden realization that your life is passing you by”. So true…

  • http://facebook.com/profile.php?id=1416766692 Terry Currie

    EXERCISE EXCUSES: My butt hurts. Overweight. Terry Tip: Use a walking buddy.
    EXERCISE POSITIVITY: Make it “me time” [everyone needs an hour or two a day of me time]. Ascertain an exercise buddy to exercise with you for motivation; stop blaming others for life in general; I’m going to have more energy; be able to love yourself; the Y is doing a sliding fee scale — they have personal trainers that are reasonable for six months; Y has a mentoring program — you mentor a person once a week and get free membership; Cincinnati Recreation Commission you can join for $10/year; Mighty Vine for a buck a day.
    EXCUSE: WEATHER SUCKS: Only if it’s a sheet of ice — ice cannot be negotiated whether you walk or drive.
    UNSUPPORTIVE PEOPLE: Toxic/negative or indifferent people — eliminate from your life — it doesn’t matter if it’s a friend or relative. You want positive support.
    EXERCISING REASONS:
    Get my bad vibes under control — being insecure about yourself.
    OVERALL GOAL OF EXERCISING:
    Make your life easier.
    Help you with your mental health.
    Be happier with a happier life.

    If your medicine(s) are keeping you from losing weight; ask your doctor for a different medication that would let you lose weight. If he/she says no — ask them why? Would it help seeing a dietician for a diet that might work for you.

    Speak with your doctor regarding diet pills — what will work for you?

  • Terry Currie

    Our group responses are: Remember to keep your body healthy at all times [yearly checkups with all of your medical team] — you will have the energy and enthusiasm for your daily living.
    We would not change into workout clothes for walking. We would dress appropriately for the weather.
    Everyone needs me time each day for 1 to 2 hours
    Overcome Exercise Excuses: Everyone needs me time each day for 1 to 2 hours
    Incentives to walk: nice day; relaxing
    Use MP3 or headphone or cassette player to listen to music. However, only use one ear. Leave one ear
    open so you can hear your surroundings.
    We disagree with this statement. Using a stationary bike we would listen to music or watch our
    favorite TV show for an incentive to complete the exercise.
    Fifteen minutes before retiring for the evening use a box or basket and return items to their appropriate locations.
    We’ll have more energy after exercising but the medication will probably not change.
    Why do you want to lose weight? For a healthier body that works for you.
    Visual image to aim for or the reward at the end of the 52 Missions = Certificate of participation
    Better body shape. Lose weight to quit losing your breath or panting = Eliminate future health risks.
    Define losing your weight: For better memory and better exercise. Calculated counting steps!
    We you have the finances that’s fine otherwise we’re looking for inexpensive rates at a nice hotel/motel.
    It’s not necessary to have workout clothes when walking. Dress appropriately for the weather.
    Do squats, sit-ups, and push-ups. They require no equipment.

    Chair exercises if you’re disabled. Positive exercising through walking a block to get the bus and park
    your car away from the mall so you have to walk further for exercise!
    If you oversleep you feel worse. We may be bored instead to too tired.
    Don’t want to be seen at the gym until I lose weight. This defeats the purpose of exercising.
    Walking 10,000 steps daily! You can purchase watches with time, pedometer and heart rate.
    You’ll never exercise if you wait on motivation.
    Set aside time on the weekends to exercise. Make exercise fun i.e. dancing, bicycling; life time fitness, walk the mall early in the morning before the stores open.
    You have to make time three days a week. Combine your routine for exercising during the week and the weekend off. If the weather is good walk in a local park on the trails! Ride your bike around the pond at Eden Park.
    Exercise indoors when the weather is bad or do Tai Chi or exercise using your favorite exercise video
    Stretch before exercising and afterwards. Start out slow and then each day do it longer until you reach your goal and can exercise for 15 minutes to 30 minutes.
    The family is unsupportive. Ignore them and do it any ways. Or find a support group at the gym.