Are you a firm believer in #NoExcuses? Maybe it’s just a hashtag that people put on their Instagram to get a couple extra views and likes, but I really do think it’s a mantra for some.
About a year ago, I was fully behind that “movement”. I gave a little spiel about how everybody has their reasons not to be more active: Sometimes those reasons can be really good. But even really good reasons are still excuses.
“Sometimes our reasons can hold us back…”[because sometimes we spend all our effort trying to find the right reasons that never do anything at all.]
As I’ve taken a more active role as a personal trainer, I’ve started to change my tune. I see #NoExcuses as more of a guilt-trip rather than having resolve, and I don’t think guilt-tripping yourself is the way to go. Feeling bad about something might make you take action for a little bit, but it’s the good feelings that make you stick long-term.
That’s how habits form.
It doesn’t matter if the habit itself is right or wrong. It doesn’t matter if the action itself is good or bad for you. There has to be some component that makes you feel good, and that’s why you stick with it. Hell, that’s how addictions stick around.
Don’t believe me? Let’s take a frequent motivating reason: losing weight to live longer for your kids.
Maybe looking in the mirror and being disappointed can give the initial oomph to get started. But does that Dad continue to lay off the 6 pack of beer and donuts because he thinks “I’m a giant turd”? Can Mom keep up her grueling spin class twice a week because she tells herself “You’ve got no excuses!”
Let’s be clear: some people do respond to tough love.
Maybe you’re jotting down “I’m a giant turd” right now as you throw away your 6 pack of beer and donuts, but I’m pretty sure there’s way more people who’re falling off their routines with that kind of talk.
The bottom line is: it’s true– you do actually have lots of excuses not to work out. But instead of guilt-tripping yourself into feeling crappy, turn them into something more empowering.
Despite #AllTheExcuses, you’re able to do something about it. Finding time when you’re not supposed to have it. Summoning the energy when you’re supposed to be all out.
That, my friend, is true power.