Well I’m tired of saying the same things over and over and over again. Colby and I took a tally for 1 month, on how many people were following through with the exercise program. We asked that people stretch daily, and do some form of cardio four days a week for 30 minutes. 52% of the people we saw said they were doing what we asked. The plus is that half of our clients were doing what we asked, but half were not. Half of the people were not getting all they could get out of the program.
For many of us we don’t like to be told to do anything, but unfortunately most of us need someone there to give us a push in the right direction. When it comes to exercise I find that at least half of our clients do not exercise enough or at all. Many clients tell me a long list of excuses as to why they are not compliment to the program. My favorite excuse is, ” I just don’t like exercise”…..WHAT??? Have you even tried it? Have you really put forth the effort? Exercise is FUN! I love the way I feel after I leave the gym. Now I didn’t always have this feeling. It wasn’t until I figured out what I liked before I got this rush of accomplishment and energy. For me, I love walking or running with Claire (my dog). We go every night. I also have found a new love for yoga. This decreases my stress, gives me more flexibility and has really changed the way I think about what I put into my body. It is always a challenge and that is something I love doing. So when people say they just don’t like exercise, well maybe you should step out of your comfort zone and try something new. We need to break these excuses. If you don’t like what you are getting, maybe you should look at what you are doing. I have heard this quote in all different situations. The fact is if you don’t exercise you: lose muscle mass, your heart does not get its work out, you will decrease your energy level, and you may start to look older than you are. Our body is a muscle and we have to use it. For weight loss patients, just because you are a smaller shape does not necessarily mean you are a healthier person. Even skinny people can have heart attacks. So let’s get rid of the excuses and always find 30 minutes to do some type of movement. I’m sure many people have heard me say, “I don’t care what you do for exercise” which it’s true, it doesn’t matter to me, just move. It’s that simple. So I challenge you this week to make a list of fitness goals and try to achieve them. Whether it is just walking 3 times this week or everyday your going to take the stairs, little changes will eventually make big changes! You guys can do it!!