When asked why one does not workout, people come up with all sorts of excuses. Yes. I said it. Excuses. Some range from the nonsensical to the very self righteous. The ones that I hear most of the time is “I am too busy” or “I have too much on my plate”.
Well, let’s take a look at those two excuses, shall we?
When I was working out in high school, someone came up to me saying, once you get into college you’ll be too busy to be working out like you do.
Then I made it to college. Mind you, I was playing soccer for a division 1 NCAA school team, I had a full course load, I graduated Summa Cum Laude, and I was still working out on a regular basis. Still another person approached me saying, once you get into graduate school, you’ll be too busy to be working out like you do.
Then came grad school. I was accepted into one of the top 15 schools in the world in my field of study. I graduated with high honors all the while managing to still workout on a regular basis. Once again, someone else came up to me saying, once you get out into the ‘real world’ you’ll be too busy to be working out like you do.
And then I got my first real job working in politics. Not only did I enjoy it – and I still do to this day – but I also got the opportunity to travel around the country…and I still worked out on a regular basis. Yet another person approached me and told me that once I got married, I wouldn’t have time to workout like I did.
Then I met my lovely wife and we got married. Interestingly enough, a recent survey said that 56% of couples said they gained weight after they got married. It’s not too uncommon for single people to work out regularly and as soon as they get married, the espouse the following pandemic mindset: why bother working out and staying fit when I have already snagged my man/woman? The irony of it is getting married didn’t stop La and I from getting into the best shape of our lives. In fact it galvanized us since we both share the same fitness and healthy lifestyle. Still another person came up to me telling me that once I had a kid, everything would change and I wouldn’t have time to workout like I do.
So Gooner came into this world – and she is truly a blessing – and yet I still work out regularly. Still that didn’t stop someone else from coming up to me telling me that once I had more kids, got a house, blah, blah blah…. I wouldn’t have time to work out.
Now do you see a trend here? I did and I then began to ask myself why is it that so many random people are eager to tell you what you can or cannot do. Why is it that we have people ready to criticize you for making a noble endeavor to live a healthy lifestyle and jump on you as if you were committing a crime?
Can one be so busy that one cannot have enough time to workout? Consider this: my father, a diplomat and parent of 5 children, has been exercising on a regular basis since I can remember. I am not trying to brag about him or me, I am just giving you an example of someone who would legitimately be excused from working out.
What is that you say? Working out takes too much time? I say if you can spare 3 hours a day watching TV, I know you can manage to spare 3 hours a week working out. It’s not a time factor; it’s a factor of one’s resolve and priorities.
So why don’t you workout and live a healthy lifestyle? Mind you ‘working out’ is a term I am loosely using to mean intentionally living an active lifestyle. Although La and I incorporate weight lifting into our workout routines, one doesn’t need to go to a gym to workout. A stay-at-home mother with a new born can get a workout by taking long walks 3 or 4 times a week pushing her baby in a stroller. Others who work can make it a point to take the stairs instead of using the elevators.
If you are trying to make a change, remember never to get discouraged. You will have critics at every corner of your journey but stay focused by remembering why you are doing it. Ultimately you – and not them – will reap the benefits of being faithful to living a healthy lifestyle.
And here’s a quote by President Theodore Roosevelt to inspire you: “It’s not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or when the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who at the worst if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.”