by Deborah L. Mullen, CSCS
You may have good intentions of sticking to your exercise plan, but obstacles will come
up that may detour you. Remember, excuses only get in the way if you allow them to.
Follow these suggestions to get going and stay on track:
|Write down your reasons for starting your physical activity
plan on a 3x5 index card. Put this card where you will see it often.|
|Write down your three most disruptive obstacles to activity
and propose three realistic solutions.|
|"Not enough time" is the most often used excuse.
Increase your time management skills so that you can fit in your weekly exercise sessions.|
|Schedule your weekly exercise sessions in a daily planner or
calendar. Consider these as appointments with yourself. Give yourself the same respect you
give others in keeping appointments. Your only reason for not exercising should be if
you're sick or injured. Remember--no more excuses!|
|Enlist a friend or relative to share physical activity with
you or to act as a helper. Support is one of the most important factors in exercise
|It can take up to 8 weeks to see some of the benefits you
desire from your program. In the meantime, focus on short-term goals, like performing your
weekly training sessions as planned, which will increase your self-confidence.|
|Use a log sheet to track your progress. Consistency is the
key, not how long or how hard you exercise. Do ten minutes when you dont feel like a
longer workout. Write it in your log. The most important thing is that you did something.
Youll be proud of your accomplishments and this will help you to stick with your
The most important tip to remember:
You are responsible for your own life and how you lead it. There is a gap between your
perceived obstacle and your reaction (to exercise or not). Within that gap is your power
to choose. When you choose not to exercise, you are giving power to your excuse. Do
or do not--its your choice.
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