In life, everyone needs to take ownership of the things they do right or wrong. Are you a great parent? Be proud of that. Are you an inconsiderate husband? Then take ownership of it and be better to your lady!
Taking responsibility for your health, weight, and overall physical condition is no different. If you gained 50 pounds in the last ten years, it is your fault. If you are out of shape, it is your fault. Sure, you may have an underlying medical issue, but so do many other people who succeed in losing weight, taking care of their health, etc. You may have a busy schedule, but so do many of our clients. You may have this or that going on, but you know what, so does everyone else.
Excuses, excuses, excuses
We have heard many excuses during our time working with others. People blame family time, work schedules, moving (yes, moving), getting older, other people not supporting them, and many, many other excuses.
To the people stating them, the excuses seem like valid reasons. We always see a way to make things work. Excuses are simply a convenient reason to not do something due to a person's lack of motivation. Some clients, potential clients, or other people have gone years without taking care of their health—in some instances 40+ years! In all that time, a person could have made better choices; now they get to suffer the consequences of their actions.
Every day you have the ability to do something better for your health. For example, you can:
Take the stairs instead of the elevator
Skip the donuts
Take a healthy lunch instead of buying from the food truck
Walk for a half-hour after work instead of sitting in front of the TV
Play outside with the kids instead of watching them play
Be mindful of how much food you put on the plate
Skip some of the 12 beers
Buy healthy food options at the store
Choose whole grains
Eat fruits and vegetables
Stretch while watching TV
Do air squats while watching TV
Do push-ups while watching TV
The list could go on. Excuses about time, kids, work, and other barriers are just that, excuses. There are little things you can do every day that will lead you to improved health, fitness, and body composition. You have to want it bad enough.
You are in control
If you are someone out there putting in work and taking care of your health, keep up the good work. If you are not, stop making excuses and either do something about it or just own up to the fact that you're just too lazy to make a change.
You are in control of your life. Whether it is health and fitness, relationships, work, school, or something else, it's time to get off your butt and do something, or it's time for you to stop making excuses and complaining, because nobody wants to hear it.
Nathan DeMetz holds degrees in Exercise Science, Business Administration, and Information Technology as well as certifications in strength and conditioning, sports nutrition, run coaching, and other areas. His credentials come from organizations such as Indiana Wesleyan University, Ivy Tech College, and the International Sports Sciences Association. Nathan has 17 years of personal and professional experience in the health and fitness world. He works with people from across the globe, including locations such as Kuwait, Australia, and the USA.