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Let’s be honest, most of us have made excuses; the dog ate my homework, i am too sick to go to school, i hate my teacher, etc etc etc. But, for many people trying to lose weight, making excuses not to exercise is often their greatest barrier to weight loss success. Over the years, I’ve heard hundreds of excuses why people don’t exercise, or why they skip a workout. At the end of the day, it’s very easy to make excuses and skip a workout, even though exercising is so important to helping improve the quality of our lives and how we look and feel.
Here are some of the Top 50 excuses i have heard. They are not in any particular order, as an excuse is an EXCUSE.
We’ve all seen those adverts claiming to burn fat fast by following a special training program and purchasing their so called “magical” products.
Well an American blogger who calls himself Furious Pete has produced a video in which he shows you exactly how it’s done.
What are your thoughts on this subject?
So 2013 is here and that means gyms are going to be packed. Yip today is the start of “NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS”. One of my new years resolutions is to carry on bringing you fitness motivation to help you start your fitness program as well as motivation to keep you going.
Also from today 1st of Jan 2013 i will start posting home workouts utilizing bodyweight. The workouts that i will be posting are the workouts that i use myself and with my clients.
I suggest that you use an interval timer for these workouts as it will make things much easier for you.
If your a beginner i suggest that you start with only the warm-up section and slowly start working towards the main section. When you feel you can move on from the warm-up then start with the main section, but go through the main section once only the first time you do it. You are also welcome to contact me for workout information by using my Contact me form.
How to use my bodyweight workouts
Enjoy and let me know how you are doing:)
If you have any questions you can post your questions below or use my Contact Me form.
I was asked a very good question by Jason Zynkin from zynkinnews:
“How do you motivate yourself to start the process? I might be different but so many times I promise myself that tomorrow, I will go to the gym, swim in my pool, walk on the beach …even take the dog for a walk…
Then surprise surprise I end up doing nothing. Something else occupies me or I use something else as my excuse to not follow through on it. I want to do it or maybe I deep down do not…it confuses me and annoys me regularly.
I conclude that the most difficult part is actually following through on making a decision…How do you change this?
With everything else in my life, I do it and complete it with total devotion…I just need help to get me going…it is difficult.
I look forward to your reply and thanks for visiting my blog which is part of my incredibly busy schedule in building my business (easy to commit to this!!)….Jason, Zynkin”
This is something i get asked often so i thought i will write a post about it.
I am sure at some point you have asked yourself the following questions:
How do i motivate myself to start?
How do i actually get started?
How do i follow through with my decision?
Why do i lose focus?
The truth is all the above questions boil down to this – Self Discipline.
What Is Self Discipline?
Self discipline is being able to get yourself to take action regardless of your emotional state. Yes i know it is easier said than done, right?. Imagine what you could accomplish if you could simply follow through on your actions and dreams no matter what. The pinnacle of self-discipline is when you reach the point that when you make a conscious decision, it becomes virtually guaranteed that you’ll follow through on it. Self discipline can empower you to lose any amount of weight. It can wipe out procrastination. But, self discipline needs to be combined with passion, goal setting and planning.
Self discipline is like a muscle. When a muscle is worked it gets stronger right?, Yes everyone has different strengths, and some people are stronger than others, but eventually that muscle will get stronger. However when you stop exercising that muscle it will get weaker. Self discipline works the same way. Just as it takes time to build muscle strength, so does it take time to build self discipline.
How To Get Started
The basic method to build self discipline is to start with a small challenge. Think about this; would you go into the gym and start lifting heavy weights or run 5 km on your first day??..No, you would start slowly. You would life light weights or run half a kilometer and build yourself up. Its a big mistake if you try to push yourself too hard when trying to build self discipline. If you try to transform your entire life overnight by setting dozens of new goals for yourself and expecting yourself to follow through consistently starting the very next day, you’re almost certain to fail.
If you are very undisciplined right now, you can still use what little discipline you have to build more. The more disciplined you become, the easier life gets. Challenges that were once impossible for you will eventually seem like child’s play. As you get stronger, the same weights will seem lighter and lighter.
Don’t compare yourself to other people. It won’t help. You’ll only find what you expect to find. If you think you’re weak, everyone else will seem stronger. If you think you’re strong, everyone else will seem weaker. There’s no point in doing this. Simply look at where you are now, and aim to get better as you go forward.
Set small goals for yourself and take it slow.
Lets consider Jason Zynkin’s (quote above) as an example:
Jason keeps on promising himself that tomorrow he will go to the gym, swim in my pool, walk on the beach and take the dog for a walk and still do his normal day to day work activities. Now that is a lot of “promising” for one day. What Jason should do is pick one of those things just to start. For example, Jason could choose to just walk the dog tomorrow. He could set a time in which to just walk the dog everyday for say 30 min. By doing this one thing he is slowly building up his self discipline and of course getting exercise and so is his dog.
The bottom line is, self discipline is up to you. You need to make time in the day and set small realistic goals.
How Do I Do It
My schedule is also very hectic just like most of you. But, i make time everyday for my own training. After spending a day driving around to peoples houses for personal training, the last thing i want to do is train myself. I get home exhausted. But i have built up my self discipline that when i get home i put my bags down and head outside or to the stairwell and do my own training. I often have that little voice that says to me “take a break tonight, you will train tomorrow”, but i have become stronger than that voice. I will tell you that after i have trained i feel re-energized and full of energy.
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Here is a great video to watch on Developing Self-Dicipline
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