The holidays are right around the corner and with that comes late nights, celebrations, amazing food and beverages and all of a sudden every spare minute you have has just gone out the window. But, not to worry New Year’s is on the way to save us all because THIS is the year that we get it all right!
So, if this sounds familiar don’t worry, you and the majority of the population currently residing on this rock that we call home have had the same thought process. “I am going to take it easy, enjoy my holidays and come New Year, I am going to get to work.” For some people it works, but for the most part, check out the gyms, the running/biking trails and diet/nutrition centers in March. You will have the answer. There is a reason that people in the gyms and centers call them “resolutioners”.
Now, I am not going to throw a bunch of facts and figures at you, on any given day you can turn on the television and see some blurb about the rise of obesity and a host of other weight-related diseases and how it has reached epidemic proportions. Besides you can “google it” just as well as I can. Why I am writing this post? It’s not to tell you about the dangers of obesity or being “skinny fat”. If you want to have that discussion, feel free to contact me, I love discussing health and fitness. This post however, is about waiting. Why are you waiting?
People have a tendency to put off anything that takes them out of their comfort zone. It’s so easy to say “I am going to get prepared and start this (enter the time frame of your choosing here)”. “The holidays are here and I am just too busy”, “Work/family/etc is just too crazy right now”. I know I have used every one of those excuses if not once at least one hundred times. Some people are very accustomed to putting everyone and everything else before them. Other people are too embarrassed/uncomfortable to ask for help. Then there are those that just straight up do not want to be bothered and are quite happy to continue to allow the miracle of medical science to keep them functioning.
So, I am going to provide you with a list of a few of the excuses/reasons as to why you should wait (some I have heard and some I have used) and in case you are wondering, no, I am not some skinny fitness enthusiast, not by a long shot. Okay, I am enthusiastic about fitness and nutrition, now. I have had an ongoing battle with my weight for many years. I am in the process of winning that battle, but the road has not been easy and it was filled with a lot of u-turns. Now, on to the list!
1) The holidays – I don’t have time.
Okay, granted the holidays can be a very busy time. But there is something that you can do about that. You can give yourself 30 minutes three times a week to take a walk, do some squats, crunches or pushups. At some point you are going to be watching something on the computer or television, use that time, multi-task. It doesn’t even have be 30 minutes all in one shot.
2) But what about my holiday foods? It’s not the same without Aunt Maggie’s amazing mile-high pie.
You don’t have to give up all of your favorites. But, you don’t have to have all of them every day. Consider this, have you noticed how much more you enjoy something when you have not had it in a while or if you have not over-loaded on a bunch of other things? Anticipation can really make something that much better. So, take a break occasionally from the rich foods, drink some water instead of punch, soda, alcoholic drinks, etc. There is enjoyment in moderation. In spite of what the commercials are telling us.
3) There is too much chaos in my life right now.
This was one of my favorites. Unfortunately, it has been proven that exercise of some form is a great stress-reliever. Exercise has become my go-to for stress. Take it from someone who was not allowed to leave a hospital because the doctor was concerned that she was going to have a stroke any minute. Now, I am not saying go out and run five-miles after being dormant for 10 years. What I am saying is take a little bit of time, go for a walk, do some yoga, ride a bike and just let your mind focus on the fitness for a little bit and when you are done, you will be more clear-headed and feel better for it.
4) I don’t know what to do.
This one can be over-whelming. Ask questions (you can contact me). Get online. Talk to your doctor. Occasionally, you will run into a bone-head that is condescending and judgmental but for the most part, people want to help.
5) I am too embarrassed to go to the gym. All of those “fit” people are going to judge me.
Since I have been going to the gym, I have had exactly two occasions where someone made me feel uncomfortable. The first time it hurt. The second time, I put it down to what it was, someone who was very shallow and still had a lot of life-lessons that needed to be learned. For the most part, everyone in the gym is focusing on their workout and getting through it. But, I do occasionally get a good job and keep it up from the people that recognize me and know that I am committed.
6) I am too tired.
Yeah, it’s going to take some time to get used to a fitness program. However, you are going to feel better, sleep better and have more energy to do things. Including exercise.
7) I am not ready.
This is one is obviously an internal battle that you are going to have to sort out for yourself. What do you need to get ready? You have to figure out your why. Have a frank conversation with your doctor, ask him/her what your future looks like if you don’t make a change. If you are happy with that outlook, you have your answer. If you are not happy with that outcome, then ask them what they recommend.
So why wait? Nothing but good can come from making healthy life-style changes. Here is the disclaimer, if you have a medical condition or have not exercised in a long time, talk to your doctor, get the okay before you start exercising. But, don’t wait to start making healthier food choices. If you start now, even in small steps you will see changes and when the New Year is here you won’t be a “resolutioner”. You will already be committed and in the habit of living well. That’s exactly what it is, a habit, one of the few habits that you won’t be told to break.