As you can imagine, I hear a ton of excuses from people on why they don’t exercise. Sometimes the reason is self-inflicted: I don’t have the time. Other times the reason is procrastination: I’m going to start as soon as tax season ends, or on Monday! And occasionally, the reason is downright funny: The dog ate my gym shorts. I usually point out to these well meaning folks that, despite their reasons, exercise is a very important activity that will dramatically improve their life. I bring up the health benefits and describe how many of their physical ailments would improve. I talk about how great they will feel dropping excess weight and rediscovering a slender figure. However, there was always an excuse that would get me. The devious excuse of ‘being active’: Oh, I don’t need to exercise in a gym – I’m very active. I walk all day at work, then I run around with the kids, until I finally hit the bed. Well, they have a point, right? Its true, they are active and burning calories. Maybe they can be fit without doing any other exercise, especially if they are at a healthy body composition.
Then I started to notice a trend.
The ‘active’ people couldn’t touch their toes in a simple flexibility test. The running around with the kids doesnt equate to being able to run a block. The weekend warrior walkers needed a week to recover from a one mile jog. And then it hit me. You don’t become fit by simply being active. That’s backward fitness. Only by participating in a fitness regimen can you become more fit and be ready for any activity life thows at you. To become and maintain a level of fitness there is no replacement for a consistent exercise program. It’s the only way. True fitness is when your body can do whatever you ask of it. This means having flexibility, strength and endurance. Do you exercise? Or are you fooling yourself with the excuse of ‘being active’? How happy are you with your level of fitness? Are you able to meet all of the functional demands of life? Or do you find yourself opting out of experiences or situations that you know would be too challenging? If you’ve used the excuse of ‘being active’ in the past, it’s time to reconsider your options. Don’t practice backward fitness with the hope of true results.
Contact me to get started on a program that will make you truly fit. And if you’re furthest from active and simply want to lose those extra inches and pounds, make the decision to take action today. After all, there’s no trial run in the game of life. Be Excellent!!
The most important aspect in becoming and staying fit is to be persistent. You can exercise every day for a week, but if you follow that week with a month of no exercise then you’ve lost all ground. Find an exercise program that you are able to consistently do and then stick with it. In the words of Aristotle, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”