Today I am sharing a fantastic blog by Denise Shroka Sanger from “How to Stay Fit Over 50” that discusses times from yesterday (gotta love those years!) and excuses of today.
I really encourage you to be inspired, even though the truth may sting a bit. Oh, and you should go check out this blog site. Really you should. I have listed the link below.
If You Are Going To Make Excuses, Don’t Start An Exercise Program
by on APRIL 11, 2013
Okay – I will admit it. I have a pet peeve about people who make excuses for ANYTHING but more so when it effects your health as in diet and an exercise program. Being born at a time when mom still stayed at home and dad worked, we didn’t just get anything we wanted. If we wanted something, we worked for it because bottom line, there wasn’t any extra money. You figured it out and you made it happen. We had a roof over our heads, food in our bellies and dad saved enough money to go on vacation one time a year and vacation for many families at the time was just not possible. It is the same thing with exercise. I myself can come up with A LIST OF EXCUSES but I don’t. I make the time and just do it and when I’ve finished I feel wonderful.
Granted growing up when we did (those of us in our 50′s, near our 50′s or over our 50′s), we tend to view the world just a little bit different. We walked to and from school, came home changed out of our “school” clothes into our “play clothes” and after homework was done, outside we went. In for dinner then back outside but had to have our butts in the door or at least the yard by the time the street lights came on. TV had 3 stations originally and we watched what our parents watched. Personally, I remember playing outside until the last possible minute before coming in the house. We didn’t have 500+ stations, computers, IPads, XBoxes, streaming video, video games, and everything else that keeps us sitting in the house on the couch these days.
I think because we do tend to view the world through the eyes we grew up with, we don’t take things for granted. If you want something, you work your butt off to get it. I started working when I was 12 cutting grass in the neighborhood. Why? I wanted a new bike and yes I got that bike by saving my money. Was it easy? No it was not but boy was it worth it when I got to ride my new yellow 10 speed bike
It’s the same way with fitness. You must make the choice to select healthy foods when you are in the grocery store or at the restaurant. You must make the time to workout. Yes, we are all busy with different aspects of our lives but if you truly want to be fit, get up and do something. Tied up after work? How about getting up just 30 minutes earlier in the morning? Watching the kids or grandkids? Take them to the park and play WITH them – don’t sit on the bench and watch them and worse yet? Don’t sit on the couch and watch TV for 3 hours with them – get up, get out and move.
Work is too busy? Seriously? Making money for someone else is more important than your health? TAKE your lunch and go out for a walk. Working through lunch is not a good thing for so many reasons with your health being at the top of the list. I know how that goes because I used to do it. I used to put the company I worked for ahead of my family and my health and where did it get me? Working 60+ hours a week, working Saturday’s, eating lunch at my desk and overweight, grumpy and not spending enough time with my kids. That 4% raise I got? So not worth the time I traded away from MY life, MY family and MY kids and now I’m self employed and will NEVER go back to the way it was and that was just a short 5 years ago. (Ask me how I did it – that’s a whole other topic but when you want it, you work for it until you get it.)
Bottom line is if YOU don’t make the time to put your health and fitness at the top of the list as a priority, no one will do it for you. How many more excuses do you have?