So here we are about to dive into December. It’s darker for longer, it’s colder, life is busier (present buying, nativity play outfits to find, kids’ sports tournaments/galas/matches to attend and yes, Christmas to plan, parties to attend and recover from and so on…), and after all, what’s the point of getting fit for Christmas because you’ll only blow it all over the festive holidays, right? Well if that’s how you’re planning it to be, then yes, right.
But how about a different approach this year? Now don’t get me wrong, nobody likes to dive into turkey, mince pies and Christmas pud more than me, not to mention the Green & Blacks which Santa always brings me and go on, yes, too much fizz too. BUT that doesn’t have to mean stopping exercise and putting weight on. Here’s my take on it: I eat whatever I like over the festive period, but I make sure I workout too. And I’ll be as fit as I can be going into the holiday period so that getting up to workout isn’t too much of an effort.
But do you know what makes it’s easier for me? I am healthy. I make time to workout. That’s all. Yes, it’s cold in the mornings and yes it’s dark for Early Birds, but that only adds to the level of smugness afterwards.
So, what’s my point? Well it’s this. People who commit to get fit and healthy don’t find it any easier than those who commit to find excuses. All those excuses are readily available to everyone. But none of them are real.
I have a new client who started with me just last week. We chatted for a long while before her first session to assess whether or not she’d be able to workout at all. Why? She’s spent the best part of this last year flat on her back. Without going into too much detail, doctors had told her that her only hope was to have back surgery. She didn’t fancy that. So instead, she began a journey fuelled by determination to succeed where NOTHING was going to stand in her way. This was her post on Instagram after her personal training session with me this week. I often find inspiration in my clients’ achievements, none so more than this. This has helped me to wipe out any excuses not to train.
These are the feet that were told their body needed surgery, these are the feet that were told they shouldn't walk, these are the feet that were told to "be careful" all the time, these are the feet that didn't get stood on for almost a year, these are feet with #chronicpain #PTSD #epilepsy or as it should all really be known #Tms ! These are the feet that do circuits in the park in the dark and rain and cold! These are the feet that, run,skip,box,jump,lift,swing and push. These are my feet. This is my body and when the 'doctors' said 'you can't' I said "I can! " #nobacksurgery
So, back to the start….what’s your excuse?