Welcome to another edition of No More Excuses:
So far, we’ve covered two popular excuses for not getting enough — or any — exercise: not enough time, and lack of motivation.
Today, we’ll take a look at this one:
I’m not seeing results.
As mentioned before, pretty much everyone knows that exercise is good for us.
So why do so many people not do it?
Well, maybe because it’s a lot like work.
Plain and simple.
- It takes time.
- It takes effort.
- It takes consistency.
But it can be done.
Too many people give up before the magic happens.
For several reasons.
Along with the three mentioned above, they do what they think they should be doing, instead of finding something they enjoy doing.
When I take on a new client, that’s a large part of the first few weeks. Finding exercises that both fit the client and their goals, along with exercises that work for them and exercises they don’t mind doing. If they absolutely do not like doing a particular exercise, I don’t make them do it! We try it out and if it doesn’t work for them, for whatever reason, we move on to something else. I may gently encourage them to try it again after a while, but I’m not going to force anyone to do anything.
Find an exercise or exercises that you like and do those.
If treadmill turns you on, do that. Elliptical machine? Excellent. Walking around the neighborhood? Go for it.
Whatever it takes to get you started.
Having said that, it is a fact that strength training is also important and highly recommended. Cardio training is terrific, but you also have to take care of your muscles and bones. Especially as you get a little older.
You don’t have to spend hours lifting dumbbells, barbells, and kettlebells. Learn a few exercises for upper body and a few for lower body.
Twenty minutes on the treadmill and 20 minutes on the weights.
Look at you!!!
And remember, give it some time.
Set small, achievable, reasonable goals for yourself, and celebrate your successes as you go along.
Be patient; be consistent. You WILL start to see results.
This guy here?
It probably took him at least — at least — six months to make this transformation.
You can do it!!!!