What is the definition of an excuse?
Excuse = something that is offered as an explanation in order to obtain forgiveness or justify action we know is unacceptable.
What is the key point in my definition of an excuse? It is the fact that we know that our action (or inaction) is unacceptable. Lets be honest and upfront for a moment (alright, I always am).
Everyone knows that doing little to no physical activity is not good for them. We all know that eating processed and deep fried foods is not good for us. But we continue to do it anyway and make excuses for it. Becasue that is what an excuse is, asking for others (or ourselves) to forgive us for our actions that we KNOW we should not be partaking in.
What are some of the most common excuses I am innundated by? By far the most common one I hear is that people do not have the time to fit in activity. This is simply not possible. Everyone I know is caught up on at least one TV show or regularly watches or reads a news source. My rule is this: if you can find the time for that you can find the time to fit in some kind of fitness activity.
Yes, taking care of your body is more important than watching a half hour show and takes the same amount of time. Usually, however, people get up in arms if you suggest this course of action. Because TV is a reward and exercise is a torment for most. If thats your opinion then there is nothing I can do to help you. You can keep being lazy instead.
How about simple things like taking the stairs instead of an elevator or escalator? Sure, these little things are not going to give you a rippling six-pack next month, but they will add up over the course of the rest of your life! And why do people opt for the elevator? They will give you lots of excuses; they have to carry things, someone else was going on the elevator, or they were in a rush. The simple fact of the matter is that if you choose the easier route, you are LAZY. If you find being called lazy insulting, I make no apology, it is the truth and I promised to always tell the truth.
Another common excuse is that people do not know what kind of exercise they should be doing. There is this amazing new information source out there that is widely available. It has often been referred to as the ‘Internet’, some call it the information super highway. You don’t know how to exercise? Try a Google search. Head to a book store and pick up a couple of books on the subject. With all of these sources of information you need to sift through to sort the good from the bad. Feel free to ask me or consult another health professional for advice. Its what we do.
If you hate research and reading why not hire a professional to teach the basics to you? Or maybe try going to a yoga, martial arts, or fitness studio? I am not even going to get into the list of potential avenues that exist, which can teach you how to take care of your body.
My favorite excuse, however, is the following one:I just don’t like exercising.
Seriously? I am trying not to smirk and laugh while I write this one. Could that sound any more adolescent? Most kids just don’t like eating broccoli but I don’t know many parents that accept that excuse from them. Yet it is okay for an adult to use this with relation to their fitness.
If your reason for being fat, lazy, and out of shape is because you just don’t like exercise then you are on my list of people that make me really, really, angry. I don’t care if you ‘like’ it or not. It is your responsibility to take care of yourself for your sake and for the sake of the community around you. If you don’t think your laziness affects the rest of us check out the primary contributor of type II diabetes, heart attacks, and a host of other medical conditions that rack up our health care costs. You will find obesity and inactivity at the top of the list.
Maybe you just don’t like going to work, walking the dog, taking care of your kids, or cleaning your toilet. Too bad, they all have to get done and you just have to get to them. While my philosophy is that exercise should be enjoyable, if you stick to this negative ‘I don’t like it”, whining, annoying, adolescent excuse then your only alternative to suck it up and do it because I don’t want to pay for your insulin when you get diabetes or your beta blokcers after your heart attack.
Yes, there are lots of excuses out there. They are all just excuses. It is time that North Americans grew up and took responsibility for themselves. You can blame food producers, marketing, work, the government, injuries, time, or anything else you want to. The fact, yes the FACT, is this: YOU are the one responsible for you. Not anyone else. Your physical shape and health is 100% determined by you, your determination and your dedication.
There are many like me who have devoted our lives to helping people better their lives. If you can not do it for yourself then seek us out and ask for help. But first you must recognize that it is YOU who must take on the responsibility.
When you have made the decision, myself and the rest of my profession will be there for you. We will devote our time, effort, and life to improving the quality of your life. All you have to do is ask and commit to yourself.
If you do not take responsibility for your health it will be diabetes or a heart attack that will finally motivate you to take care of yourself. Hopefully its not too late at that point. We can’t help you when your dead.