Don't let Excuses Get in Your Way

By: Rachel Lukasavige


Everyone has at least one excuse for why they cannot practice good health. Personally, I struggle with finding time to exercise, simply wanting to eat foods that may not be good for me, and sometimes not knowing what I want to achieve when I work out. The key to overcoming your barriers is to write down what they are, and then identify ways to combat them.

Below, you will find a list of common excuses for not exercising or eating healthy. Use the explanation for overcoming these as a starting point to get back on track with your own health.

I do not have time to exercise for 30 minutes a day

The 30 minutes of exercise that is recommended each day does not have to be all at one time. Every little bit of physical activity that you get throughout the day counts toward your overall exercise goal. Take three short breaks at work by going for 10-minute walks.

I do not go to the gym because I cannot afford the membership or I do not know how to use the equipment

Exercising does not require you to have a gym membership. Get outside and go for a walk, ride your bike, or go swimming. And for some strength training exercises, incorporate lunges, squats, and even push ups. Get creative!

I am overwhelmed and do not know where to start when it comes to my diet

Making any sort of health change requires small steps. The easiest thing to do is focus on one area of your diet that you would like to change, and learn about how to best do that. If cutting down on your fat intake is most important to you, start by looking for low-fat food items such as cheese, milk and yogurt or leaner cuts of meat. No one expects you to make drastic changes overnight.

Healthy foods do not taste as good

If you have not found any healthy foods that taste good then you probably are not looking hard enough. While it is true that some "health food" does not taste very good, fruits and vegetables are healthy for you and come with many options for healthy eating. Do not assume that "health food" is a manufactured product. You can eat healthier by choosing good fats, low fat items, whole grains, and fruits and vegetables. Start trying new things before you give up altogether.

Now, write down what all of your barriers are and think about ways you can overcome those. Every time you make one of those excuses, take out your list for a good reason why you can be healthy.

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Rachel Lukasavige is a Health Coach at Lukas Coaching. Visit www.lukascoaching.com/resources.htm for a ton of free tools to help you improve your health, finances, business, career & life! www.lukascoaching.com For more free columns and articles, visit www.lukascoaching.com/articles.htm

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