Millions of years ago, a man crawled out of his cave, stretched in the morning sun and convinced himself that, man, it was just a little too cold to work out that day. He went back inside and zonked out on a rock. Of course, we have no way of knowing if this really happened. But it probably did. It is still happening. We have too much of this to do or too little of that to spend. We can’t find the time or a gym or a partner in crime. Blah, blah, blah. These excuses are prehistoric. Retro. And not a good retro.
Here are some ideas to make them extinct:
Time – Each week gives us 10,080 minutes. Even with work and sleep and school and all that life throws our way, that’s still a pretty big hunk of time. But we somehow tell ourselves that we can’t toss a couple hundred or so of these minutes a week toward exercise. That’s whack. Make a plan. Put down the phone. Turn off the computer. Think of it this way – if you have time to arm your Mafia on Facebook, you probably have time to exercise.
Distance – Today, there is a joint to work out on almost every corner. You couldn’t even break a sweat by walking to one. If you really can’t find a gym, exercise your finger by banging out G-O-O-G-L-E. Unless you live on a farm, there is probably a flex hut just a few miles away. And if you do live on farm, you probably don’t need a gym, anyway.
Cost – This one’s bunk. Gym memberships are a lot cheaper than doctors. Let all the competitors price slash each other, then swoop in. Do some homework. You’ll probably find something for about $20/month or less. Instead of spending an arm and a leg on a bunch of crap, throw some dough toward exercising your own arms and legs.
Space – People blow off gym memberships for all kinds of reasons, then say they don’t have enough room for a home gym. Here, take this test. Stand up. Spread out your arms and legs. There ya go you have enough room to get in a killer workout. Pushups and sit-ups and squats have probably been around since the friggin’ dinosaurs. If they’re good enough for UFC fighters, they’re probably good enough for you.
Fatigue – “I’m just way tooo tired.” Waaaa. Know your body clock and your schedule. And know yourself. If you are a morning person, get up a little earlier and take a jog. If you’re a night owl, throw in a flick and hit the carpet for some floor work. Make a plan and stick with it. Find your own groove. Hey, we’re all tired, but, really, this is just a tired excuse.
Clueless – “I just don’t know what to do.” If you join a gym, there will be an employee – his name may or may not be Rico, and he may or may not be wearing a nugget ring – who will gladly show you how to operate all the machines. He may be pretty annoying, but listen to him anyway. Ask questions. Hit up a personal trainer for a couple of sessions. Also, there are probably people in the gym who are equally as clueless as you; make a new bud and wing it together.
So you see, we all have the time to work out; we just have to look for it. We all have the energy; we just have to dial it up. Exercise does not have to be scary or need to steal all of our time and cash. And it isn’t too far away. In fact, exercise is pretty much everywhere.
We only have to crawl out of our caves and find it.