The definition of excuse is: a reason or explanation put forward to defend or justify a fault or offense. It implies a lack of control over the outcome of a given situation. The truth is, we’re constantly given choices. So, let’s make healthy choices instead of excuses. And to get you on the right path, we’ve got the perfect plan for you!
With decisions all around us, we often choose between…
- Eating a apple or cookies
- Drinking a Sprite or water
- Watching Orange is the New Black or going to the gym
Excuses are often used to defeat the healthier alternative. Do any of these sound familiar?
- I had a hard day, I deserve a cookie/beer/tv time!
- I’ll exercise tomorrow.
- I’m too busy to make dinner, I’ll just go to the drive thru.
- I don’t know where to start; and trying to figure it out is too hard.
Today, I challenge you to stop making excuses; because you deserveto be healthy. TODAYI challenge you to make healthier decisions. Now, let’s get started!
4 Steps to Avoid More Excuses
1. Be Accountable
Honor your word. This could mean you need a steward to your accountability. Find a friend with a similar goal and mutually hold each other accountable.
2. Make a Plan
It’s easy to honor your word if you’ve planned ahead. Time, or lack thereof, is no doubt a huge contributor to why some people avoid exercise. Incorporate workouts and meal preparation into your schedule when you’re planning your next day, week, or month.
3. You Don’t Have to Go Big or Go Home
Developing a personalized fitness plan is key. Think about your fitness goals, fitness level, and the amount of time and effort you can realistically contribute. Use these components as the basis for your fitness and nutrition plan. You’ll want your plan to be challenging, but attainable.
4. Go With Your Instincts
Add some joy back into your workouts. The gym isn’t something to be dreaded! Consider the activities you love and incorporate more of them into your personalized workout plan!
There are always alternatives and options for you!
Your Wellness Plan
Action Plan Template
I planto get my daily exercise in before work because I know I’ll be too tired and hungry to be accountableafter work. I also know that I loveyoga way more than running. Therefore, I’ll incorporate yoga into my workout schedule more often than running. On days when I plan to run, I’ll have a running buddy (i.e. an accountability partner). We mutually agree on a challenging, yet realisticdistance and pace based on our fitness levels and goals. Plus there’s an added social component!
Now, grab a piece of paper and craft your own action plan. When you’re done, come back and share it with us!