Welcome to a new monthly segment - Trainer Confessions! I'm not sure about you, but I LOVE reading behind the scenes of other people's jobs, and looking past the posed Instagram shots.
This is installment one, and I'll be dropping 1x a month.
As a personal trainer with over 7 years experience, I like to think I’ve heard my fair share of excuses.
Don’t get me wrong there’s a few that numerously get repeated, but some have really had some creativity, and have made me laugh more than anything else.
But there’s some that ignite, a fire in my belly. I usually manage to smile and graciously accept it, but underneath there’s a fire burning, and something else that I really want to say.
So I thought since we’re friends it would be ok to share them with you – you may get a laugh, and the next time you come out with you, you’ll be able to have a firm word with yourself…
Excuse number 1: I don’t have time.
We all have the same 24 hours in a day, and we decide how we use them.
Maybes you can’t fit in that hour long run, but I’m sure you can fit a 10-minute bodyweight circuit in your living room.
It’s about doing what you can, when you can, and recognizing that your making a commitment to your health and wellbeing.
Without your health you won’t be able to thrive in all areas of your life.
Excuse number 2: I can’t afford it.
You might not be able to afford the flashy gym around the corner, or the personal trainer you’ve been following on Instagram, but it doesn’t cost anything to get down to your local park and go for a walk.
This pains me when I see the same people who have said this to me on facebook regularly with glasses of wine in their hand and/or shopping for new clothes.
Be honest with yourself. This isn’t a valid excuse. We live in an information age where you can have hundreds of workouts literally at your fingertips in minutes.
Excuse number 3: I can’t exercise, I’m injured.
Injuries happen, and they suck. BUT there are ways to work around them. If you’ve injured your lower body train upper body. If you’ve hurt your upper body train lower body etc.
And make sure you go and see a physio if your injury lasts more then a few days! Too often I see women with the same injury for YEARS.
A physio will be able to work with you to heal the injury and also give you exercises to help strengthen the area. You have to help yourself.
Excuse number 4: I’ll start on insert day/date
Start this very minute! Don’t keep putting it off. How many times have you told yourself this and actually done it? Very little I believe.
DO IT NOW. Your health and fitness deserve your attention every day. Even Christmas.
I’ve seen and heard so many excuses, but it always seems to come back to the same issue.
People not valuing themselves enough to priorities their own health and fitness, and make a commitment to themselves.
Understand that it’s a lifetime commitment, and its one of the best investments you’ll ever make.