Are you one of those people that makes excuses about why you can’t work out? Well I certainly had my share of excuses. Not anymore! What I’m about to tell you is going to totally change how you feel about exercise.
Recently, I was sitting in my house working on my computer, as usual, and I received a call out of the blue. It turns out it was from a very successful Life Coach who was looking for someone to work on her website. After many phone conversations, she revealed she needed help with more than just her website. I had been given a gift of an awesome opportunity to work with this lady. I loved what she did for a living, because it was exactly the sort of positive lifestyle I have strived for with this blog. I also knew I had skills that could benefit her. It was a win-win situation for both of us. She is a health and fitness expert, among other things. Little did I know that she would be willing to actually coach me while we work. She wants to help me and then use me as an example of positive change for a testimony in her upcoming book, or when she speaks at events.
To make a long story short, she has taught me no matter what you may think, anyone has time to exercise. You make time for the excuses, but not for the exercise. Here are the tips she gave me that changed my life. You have to re-train your brain to believe that exercise is not a bad thing. All you have to do is 20 minutes a day and be consistent with it. Once your brain has become programmed to the 20 minutes then it will be automatic. After the 20 minutes you can and probably should do more, but 20 minutes will work miracles for you. If you do it first thing in the morning, it boosts your metabolism and sets the tone for your day. The movement can be very simple, but just get up and get your 20 minutes done before you do anything else for the day. Simple, right? It’s crazy, but it works. I went from making excuses, to feeling guilty if I didn’t at least get my 20 minutes in. I am already seeing the results and it’s only been a couple of weeks. Another tip she gave me was to celebrate when you are done. This trains your brain that it’s a good thing. I don’t mean to celebrate by eating an entire bag of cookies. Give yourself a pep talk by saying, “good job,” or “Yay, I did it.” You may also want to reward yourself by doing something special for yourself. For me, this would be something like sitting for 20 minutes and reading or flipping through a magazine. Whatever it is, make sure to train your brain that celebrating is fun, so the 20 minutes is worth it.
I am still fortunate to be working very closely with my new “boss,” and with her permission, I hope to share a lot more tips with you in the future. Now get up off that couch and get your 20 minutes done. You can do it!