We can make excuses about anything, but do we want to change our behavior?
It is so easy to keep repeating what is comfortable—or to give ourselves excuses! We all do it. Here are some common excuses and solutions that will help you keep your exercise routine on track over the holidays.
I think I’m catching a cold.
Studies show that working out doesn’t affect the intensity or the direction of a cold. In addition, having a cold doesn’t make a daily fitness routine any harder to do. If you usually sweat during exercise, just scale back on your effort if you feel extra fatigued.
I ate too much last night.
If your stomach is a mess or your head is pounding from too much to drink (alcohol or a sugary drink), rest and let it go. Forgive yourself and go back to your regular exercise routine tomorrow.
I just simply don’t have the time whether it’s the holidays or not. I have other priorities.
If you want to get healthier for the new year and for the years to follow, consider setting your alarm 15 minutes earlier, get up and do a mini workout. Trust me, you will get used to it. Then you can make it your mission to be more active throughout the day and any day that follows.
I have out-of-town guests.
Whether it is the holidays or any other time of the year, there’s something that you can do together. Maybe go for an easy hike or ice skating at the local rink. Or go by the ocean (if you are fortunate enough to live close enough) and fill your lungs with some fresh, clean air.
Pack your sneakers and anything that’s flexible, such as resistance bands, that you can throw in your suitcase. Try for a full body routine. If you’re not sure what to do, we can work out a quick plan without long-term commitments.
I am a senior and I am finished with physical therapy.
Think beyond those visits, which were limited. If you plan to concentrate on other areas of your body, what other things can you focus on to remain strong and independent? Strength? Cardio endurance? Balance? What are the countermeasures against behavior and the negative effects of aging? See more information about post-rehabilitation training.
Have a healthy, holiday season. Watch the extra goodies that are so tempting, take a deep breath, keep moving and enjoy! If you would like to offer the gift of health on how to keep the kinks out of your body and have fun doing it, visit our website or contact us via email or call 818-620-1442. Be sure to keep up with the latest fitness tips through our Facebook page, YouTube channel or LinkedIn. We see fitness differently!