Excuses

Article by Dax Moy, NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist, Master Personal Trainer and pioneer of Functionally Integrated Training (F.I.T) System

Nov 2000

London Personal TrainerExercise has the ability to change body shape, reduce fat, rehabilitate from injury, fight depression and even delay the inevitable ageing process. All it asks of you, in return for these priceless gifts, is that you participate on a regular basis!

You don't have to train at an expensive health club or even train hard, for that matter. Just set aside a couple of hours each week, train smart and reap the benefits.

With so much to offer at such a small outlay you would think that people would be flocking toward this 'wonder pill' in droves but this is not the case. The most common reason for non-participation appears to be Exercisicus Excusicus.

The condition is characterised by a reluctance to carry out exercise at all costs! Excuses and barriers to exercise participation are produced out of thin air to foil all attempts of exercise 'do gooders' to introduce positive lifestyle changes to the 'sufferers' of this condition.

The following guide to this most persistent of conditions has been compiled to allow both exercise professionals and 'sufferers' alike to recognise and overcome this health threatening condition.

Symptom 1

The patient complains that they do not have enough time in the day to include even the shortest of exercise programmes.

The Cure

a) Workout near to home or work in order to save on travelling time.
b) Introduce 'active time' to your working day. Use the stairs at work, walk about the office more often (at least every 20 mins), use seated stretches to relieve stress and maintain suppleness.
c) Use workout videos at home.
d) Employ a personal trainer. Let them plan and organise your sessions for you at the venue of your choice. You will also find that the cost of cancelling these professionals does wonders for your programme adherence!

Symptom 2

The patient complains of being too tired when they finish work.

The Cure

a) Encourage (where possible) training sessions at the start of the day. Sure, they may be a little difficult at first, but once they become routine they are a great way to kick-start the day.
b) Eat regularly throughout the day. 4-6 small meals that are high in carbohydrates should keep the energy levels up.
c) Inform the patient that regular physical activity helps to increase energy levels.

Symptom 3

The patient complains that they have tried exercise programmes before and got nowhere!

The Cure

a) Discuss with patient whether their previous programmes had realistic goals. If their goals were way out, there was very little chance that they could ever be achieved. Set realistic long, medium and short-term goals to bring about success. b) Encourage small but steady progressions. Many people do not improve because that have been using the same exercises with the same weights and same repetitions for months, sometimes years!

Add small progressions of sets, reps, weights or speed to force the body to continually adapt to your demands. Just think, add one rep at each workout and you could be lifting 8-12 more reps this time next month!

Symptom 4

The patient complains that they are getting too old to benefit from an exercise programme.

The Cure

a) You're never too old to benefit from a healthier, leaner, stronger and more supple body. Weight bearing exercises have been shown to offset osteoporosis and produce strength gains in all age groups.
b) Aches, pains and fatigue are not symptoms of ageing but are direct results of misuse or under use of your body, much of which is reversible with a sensible approach to exercise.

Symptom 5

The patient finds it hard to motivate themselves to exercise.

The Cure

a) Train with someone else. You can encourage each other through the bad spells and you're less likely to let someone else down if they are waiting for you at the gym!
b) Reward yourself when you complete a period of exercise or reach a goal. For example, buy yourself a new C.D if you exercise three times this week, a new outfit if you exercise for a full month or lose an inch off of your waist.
Make the goals and the rewards meaningful and it'll be a pleasure to work toward and achieve them!
c) Find a personal trainer or class instructor who motivates and pushes you (not too much!) toward your goals and makes you feel great when you get there.

Symptom 6

The patient feels too fat or unfit to start exercise.

The Cure

a) We've all got to start somewhere! Laying off for longer will only exacerbate the problem, making you fatter and less fit.
b) Get going with a sensible programme that works and you'll wonder why you ever waited so long to start!

So there you have it, the most dangerous medical condition known to man! Fail to detect and treat it in its early stages and it can lead to high blood pressure, obesity, osteoporosis, coronary artery disease, heart attack, stroke and even death!

The cure is simple. Do something! Anything! Get active and follow a sensible healthy eating plan and a long, healthy and happy life can be yours.

So what do you think?
I know, I know.............................You'll start next week!

Dax Moy
MPT, PES, MAT

DaxMoy : Personal Trainer in London