When Is A Reason An Excuse
I have a confession to make: I don’t really ‘like’ exercise.
I realise that’s not a great admission for someone whose chosen career of late is focused on fitness. But I like to keep it real.
I’m not in the business of pretending that I find fitting in a workout as easy as brushing my teeth. For me, exercise is more of a need than a like – a bit like breathing, or showering, or doing laundry. It’s something that just has to happen.
But recently, I’ve been a bit off it. Loads of really good ‘reasons’ why. It’s been one thing after another – an illness followed by an operation and a recovery period, helping with a school event, busy with work, going on holiday and then my 5 year old ended up in hospital.
So this morning, it would have been really easy to give myself a free pass.
I also had a million and one things to catch up on at my desk having been out of the office for over a week, not to mention a tonne of household jobs just waiting to be done.
But none of this morning’s ‘reasons’ were actually valid. It occurred to me that there comes a point when you have to stop telling yourself that an excuse is a genuine reason.
The thing is, our lives are so busy with real reasons a lot of the time that on the days when we could get moving if we confuse excuses with reasons, we’ll never be able to find the time to exercise.
So this morning, I got my PE Kit on and went for a run. A great way to start the week and clear my head after such a dramatic and exhausting few days. And I’ve made a new commitment to myself – to really think about what constitutes a reason rather than an excuse when it comes to fitness.
Jazzy leggings and a cool down coffee help with motivation!
Consistency is key when it comes to fitness and really making a difference to how you look and feel.
Going forward I’m planning to look after myself with some kind of physical activity every single day – I like running a couple of times a week for the fresh air and therapeutic benefits. But running on its own isn’t enough to achieve my desired pre-baby tummy! So my Tuffit is a critical part of my at home routine, perfect for fitting a workout in around everything else I’ve got going on.
This morning I pressed the re-boot button (and thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful North Yorkshire countryside while I was at it). I’ll let you know how I’ve been getting on with policing my own excuses next week!