I know you have A TON of things going on in your life that make it difficult for you to exercise.
I know you really want to. You may not like to exercise but you’ve heard of all the benefits of exercise and know you should probably do some form of it.
You want to feel better…
You want more energy….
And let’s be honest…you want to feel confident in your own skin.
But there always seems to be something that keeps you from actually hitting the gym for longer than a couple days a month when the stars align perfectly and you can actually make it. Everyone has those obstacles. Whether it be…
Not enough time…
Lack of knowledge…
Can’t afford a gym…
Can’t afford a personal trainer…
I’ve heard them all. And whatever obstacle keeps you from exercising, chances are you’re not the first to face it.
So while I’ve heard, and have even had to face, many of the same obstacle you have. There are 3 that are not talked about often.
Actually, I’ve found that many people may even be embarrassed to admit to these, so it’s easier to say “I don’t have time.”
But I want to shine some light on these specific obstacles in case you feel you’re facing them. I want you to know you’re not alone in facing any of these 3 obstacles and these are very common among a lot of people.
So, since not many people will admit to these…we’ll call them the Top 3 “Not So Obvious” Obstacles. Check them out, and if you feel any of these apply to you, reach out to me and we can talk about what you can do to overcome them.
3) COMPARING YOURSELF TO OTHERS
In the world of social media, this is SO EASY to do.
Seeing someone whose looks you “admire” and comparing yourself to that person is not only a sure way to feel discouragement but also creates intimidation for the process.
“I could never look that way…”
“I can’t eat and train the way she does…”
There is nothing wrong with admiring someone for inspiration to live a healthier lifestyle. But it’s important to value who you are and where you are in your life and understand that your journey to a healthy lifestyle will be much different than theirs.
I want you to live your lifestyle, not theirs.
Your success is not determined by how similar you look to someone else. Your success is determined by how much better you are living your life compared to when you started your journey.
2) REFUSE TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY
“I have a bad thyroid, so why try?…”
“My husband/wife likes to eat out and I can’t say no…”
“I started to gain weight when my son was born…”
I get it…there’s certain things in your life that make it hard for you to make progress. But ultimately, how physically active you are and what you eat are a result of your decisions.
I’m not trying to be a jerk and call you out here. Quite the opposite. I want to EMPOWER you to take full control over the actions that will directly influence your lifestyle.
When you fail to take responsibility for your decisions and blame someone or something else, it’s like throwing your hands up in the air and saying “there’s nothing I can do about it”. Whereas if you take full responsibility for the things you eat, drink, and the lack of exercise in your life, then you have FULL control to change it.
It’s up to you and no one else to make the decisions for your own health and fitness.
Which leads me to my top “Not So Obvious” obstacle…
1) FEELING GUILT
The #1 Obstacle that keep people from exercising…feeling GUILT.
Guilt of not spending time with your kids…
Guilt of doing the opposite of your spouse…
After all, if you have extra time available, shouldn’t you spend it with your loved ones? Isn’t it selfish for you to spend your extra time on yourself?…
Let’s face it…you’re a Giver. You give, give, give to everyone else…except yourself. In fact, you’ve done it for so long, it just doesn’t feel right to do anything other than give your time and attention to your loved one.
But think about how much better you would feel if you exercised and ate clean.
Think about how much energy you would have. How much more confidence you would have.
Think about how all that positive energy would translate to living a better lifestyle for you and you family.
In order for you to continue to be unselfish and take care of your loved ones, you have to be a little selfish by taking care of yourself.
So if you find yourself struggling with guilt, let me just say that you’re worth it. In fact, you DESERVE it. You’ve spend so much time and attention on everyone else, it’s time for you to do the same for yourself.
I hope that if you struggle with any of these obstacles, by reading this, you have a better idea of what you can do to break through and finally start living the healthy, active lifestyle you’ve always wanted.
And if there is anything I can do to help, please feel free to reach out.
P.S. Check out our upcoming 6 week challenge and see if this is a great way for you to finally spend some time on yourself.