What’s Your Excuse for Not Staying Healthy?
Posted on October 10, 2016
We all make excuses from time to
time. Why is thinking of an excuse to eat some pizza instead of going to your
spin class so easy? We feel there’s not enough time in the day, exercising is
boring, or we are just too tired. And the biggest excuse for not eating
healthy? “Healthy food doesn’t taste as good.” As valid as these excuses are,
they’re not good enough to justify living an unhealthy lifestyle.
It’s not too late to change your
ways. Considering that good health is one of the most important aspects in
life, it only makes sense to take care of it. With small modifications to your
daily routine, you can go from a sedentary lifestyle to an active one with
minimal effort. Taking these baby
steps will bring you closer to being healthier and happier.
"I Don’t Have Time"
Many people make New Year’s
resolutions to exercise more, but few actually start. They don't often follow
through, but it’s clear they have the intention to get healthier. But as you
know, results come from actions—not intentions.
Most people who give up on their
resolutions attribute this failure to a lack of available time. There are not
enough hours in the day when there are crucial things to take care of. Maybe
those gutters are long overdue for a cleaning. Perhaps you need to spend time
with your aging parents.
Understandably, you have many
things going on in your life. But you don’t have to switch one thing out for
another, you have to change your routine.
There are plenty of ways to fit exercise into your daily routine without taking extra time out of your day:
- Park your car on the highest level of the garage and nix
the elevator. Use the stairs to
get in a little cardio and work those glutes!
- When you wake up, do 5 minutes of light stretching. It’s amazing how a little bit of stretching can improve
your posture and core strength.
- If you live close to your work, bike instead of drive. In addition to being fit, you will have the added bonus
of beating the cars stuck in traffic.
- Instead of calling your friends to chat, visit them. Do it the old fashioned way by walking to their house.
- While cleaning the house, put on your favorite tunes and
dance. Dancing is a form of exercise that
makes cleaning more bearable.
"I’m Too Tired"
Many people do not want to exercise
after a long day at work. You’re so tired from work that the thought of exerting
any more energy baffles you. At that point, going home, laying on the couch,
and turning on the TV is the only thing that sounds appealing. But, why do
something that will only make you more tired?
You may feel like you are tired
and sleep deprived. But, if you have gotten at least 7 hours of sleep, your
body is ready to exercise. Studies
have proven that exercise increases your
energy levels. When you exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, your body will feel
re-energized. Imagine what else you can accomplish in your day once you
Not only will consistent
exercise boost your energy levels, it can better your mood too. Working out is
a great way to take your mind off thoughts that stress you. A kickboxing class
will help you punch out your frustrations while releasing endorphins. Before
you know it, you’ll be looking forward to your daily workout.
If you think working out is “boring,”
you haven’t found the right exercise yet!
- Have you always worked out alone in the past? Try group exercise. Working out with a friend or a
group is more entertaining than working out by yourself. Make working out a
social activity; this will motivate you to exercise more.
- Don’t like to run, but want a cardio workout? Join a group cycle class. You’ll be sure to get your
blood pumping without needing to hit the pavement.
- Miss the days when you were part of a school sports
team? Try joining a club team. There
are many recreational sports teams across the country adults can join.
- Tired of the same gym environment? Work out in the park a few days a week or go on a
There are many different ways you
can spice up the way you work out. Never again make the excuse that exercise is
"Healthy Food Doesn’t Taste Good"
Many Americans grow up eating
processed foods. It’s no wonder why diets high in salt, fat, and
sugar feel normal to our bodies. When you only eat these types of food,
anything that doesn’t have similar levels of salt and sugar will not taste as
For example, when some foreigners
eat American food it repulses them. Their taste buds aren’t used to foods high
in fat, sugar and salt—so they don’t enjoy it.
But, did you know that you can
retrain your taste buds to enjoy healthy foods? Our bodies are addicts when it
comes to consuming fat, sodium, and cholesterol. If you cut down your diet of
processed foods and desserts, you will no longer have those cravings. Studies
show that it only takes 6-8 weeks to change your taste buds’ preferences.
If you don’t think healthy food
tastes good, you just haven’t found the right recipes for you. Healthy food
does not have to be synonymous with bland food. We at Alert1 have a variety of healthy
recipes we love. Try our Fish Taco Rice Bowls or Quinoa Fig Salad,
which are both delicious and good for you.
No More Excuses
We are only given one body, so
take care of it. If you don’t live the healthiest lifestyle now, it is not too
late to start. You can live a more fulfilling life by eating healthy foods and
Each of these adjustments are easy
to make. Once you start making small changes, you will find that your quality
of life improves considerably.
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