Which One Of These Excuses Not To Exercise Is Sabotaging Your Efforts To Permanently Lose Weight?

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Diet, Fitness, Mindset, Psychology | Posted on 23-06-2012-05-2008


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It appears that everyone is attempting to lose weight nowadays but nobody is really succeeding. Talk to anybody, and most of them will say “I’m trying,” or “I’m dieting,” or “I’d love to burn off a couple of pounds.” However, there are 5 reasons that prevent everybody from achieving their goal.

Which one of these excuses not to exercise is sabotaging your efforts to permanently lose weight?

  • I’m Too Busy
  • I Don’t Understand What Works
  • I Don’t Care
  • I Don’t Want To Go To The Gym
  • I’ve No Motivation

Which one of these groups do you fall under?

Let’s take a closer look at these groups and address them individually and see if we can strengthen your weight loss plan.

I’m Too Busy

This is the most popular excuse; I’m too busy to exercise! Sorry, that’s rubbish and I don’t buy it for one minute!  The most successful people always fit exercise into their lives, as do busy single mothers who have two jobs.  I get it, you have work and family commitments but I still find it hard to believe that you can’t find time to exercise.

Make time to exercise! Get up 30 minutes earlier and do your workout before you go to work, that way if your meetings overrun or you end up having to work late your exercise is already done. You can go home and relax for the evening.

2 hours can save your life! You only need to exercise for 45 minutes 3 times a week.  With 168 hours in each week surely you can find 2 hours to fit in some exercise.  How much TV do you watch? How much time do you spend on Facebook and YouTube? How many hours do you spend playing Call Of Duty or Halo?  It all mounts up to a lot of time that could be used to get in the shape of your life.  I’m not saying you have to give it all up, just make a small effort fit in your exercise.

I Don’t Understand What Works

This is another big excuse for not exercising.  So many people start and then quit because they don’t understand what they’re doing and they’re not making progress.  Let’s get you on the right road to success.

You need Social Support! I’ve said it before, the missing factor in most weight loss plans is getting social support from your family and friends.  The more people you tell the more powerful your belief and confidence will become, so tell your work colleagues and Facebook friends and have them make you accountable for your success.

Make Plans and Set Goals! You need to create a weight loss plan, setting short and long term goals so you can monitor your progress throughout.  Record your results weekly and make sure you improve over time, the article How To Monitor Your Weight Loss Progress should explain things in more detail.  Take photos before, during and at the end of your goal, share them with friends on Facebook and Pinterest, seeing your body transform will give you more confidence and encouragement to continue, it will become addictive.

You can’t out cardio a bad diet! It’s true, you can’t expect to eat and drink whatever you want and then expect to be able to run it off. You can burn off 500 calories in an hour but can easily put it back on in a couple of minutes.  Cut out all the junk food, pop and other sugars and replace them with fresh fruit, vegetables and other healthier foods.

Exercise is Boring? Really!  It’s only boring if you don’t know what you’re doing.  Look, the real secret to sticking to an exercise plan is by doing something you will enjoy and have fun doing it and by following a proven workout program.  The article The Best Time To Exercise and Eating For Success, should help you with what works and why.

Am I making mistakes? If not, try harder. Try to perform outside of your comfort zone to excel.  Training in this zone means you will make mistakes, and keep learning how to improve your performance as a result.

I Don’t Care

This is one excuse the really makes me sad, some people see their health and fitness as a LOW priority.  They’re really unhappy and don’t like, look or feel in the shape they want to be and have given up trying.  I don’t want you to feel like this so let’s try and change your attitude and find a way to care.

You need to think about your Health! If you don’t eat a healthy diet and make time to exercise you are putting yourself at risk of developing diseases and other health issues.  The last thing you want is to get sick, it can be very expensive paying out your hard earned money for medicines and treatment.  Invest in your health instead.

You need to think about your Kids! You need to care about your health and this should make you think more seriously about it.  Do you want to see your kids grow up? Do you want to see you grand kids grow up? If you start looking after your health now you can prevent any future damage or health issues.

I don’t have the energy! If you follow a healthy diet and drink lots of water, at least six litres a day, this will not only keep you hydrated, it will give your body a massive supercharge of energy and it will improve mental endurance.

Healthy people are Successful people!  It’s true, many successful people keep in great shape.  This gives them the drive and confidence to come out of the darkness and get great results in every aspect to drastically transform their lives.  Don’t you want this too?

I’ll only fail if I give up! Quitting isn’t the result of failure, it’s the cause.  Everything else – the mistakes, the pain is actually part of the road to success.  Every workout completed, nutritious meal eaten and obstacle overcome counts towards achieving your end goal.

I Don’t Want To Go To The Gym

I can’t afford a gym membership? You’re not alone!  A lot of people simply cannot afford the annual costs a gym membership.  You don’t need to exercise using the popular machines in the gym and spend your precious time waiting until other people have finished using them.  Are you really getting value for your money?

I’m embarrassed to go until I lose some weight! Again, you’re not alone! Many people feel embarrassed and intimidated when they start going to the gym. The good thing is you don’t need a gym to lose weight and get in shape…you can exercise in the comfort and privacy of your own home.  When you are confident to go to the gym, ask a friend or exercise buddy to go with you, this will make you focus on exercising and not worrying about what others are thinking about you.

I’ve no equipment to exercise at home! I have some good news, you don’t need any equipment to exercise at home, you can do this using bodyweight exercises.  I’m going to reveal some exercises that will really help you burn fat, squats, lunges, jumping jacks, and press ups, this is just a few of many, many exercises that burn fat.

I’ve No Motivation

I am a firm believer in finding out what goes on in everybody’s mind when trying to lose weight, and I’ve written articles on Psychological Land Mines and Psychological Strategies For Your Weight Loss PlanLet’s take a look at some ways to help motivate you.

What’s the positive? Negative thoughts can crop up if you’re pushing yourself, but you don’t have to fight them off.  Acknowledge them and find the positive correlation.  “This hurts” will then become “this feeling is linked to getting stronger”.

“You have to face your fears and challenge them head on, or your psychological land mines will blow up your weight loss dreams.”  ~Nigel Jeal

Right here and right now! Stay in the here and now, and let all potential future events fade in to the background.  The only moment we can do anything about is this one.  Do something that will make it count.  Focusing like this helps to improve your concentration and reactions.

What’s my superpower? Recently Nik Wallenda fulfilled his dream of walking on a tightrope across the Niagara Falls, directly over the precipice on a two-inch wire.  What about you? Your imagination can be a powerful tool when you’re struggling.  If you’re running up a hill, imagine a magnet pulling you effortlessly to the top, this trick will subconsciously increase your speed and power.  Find out what your superpower is and use this as your motivation to succeed!

So, Which one of these excuses not to exercise is sabotaging your efforts to permanently lose weight?

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and we’ll get back to you.

– Nigel

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