How To Eliminate Excuses And Establish A Lifelong Fitness Routine
- Be Honest With Yourself
The number one reason you are struggling to establish a lasting fitness routine is the story that you are telling yourself. “I don’t have time,” “I am busy,” “I have kids,” “family first,” “It is too expensive,” and the list goes on and on. You must be honest about your current situation and get clear on what you want the result of your fitness routine to be. Understanding that your results will benefit you AND they will inspire others in your circle to act on their goals. When it is about more than just you, you now have a stronger internal drive that external forces cannot get in the way of.
- How To Prioritize Yourself Without Guilt
Taking care of yourself is not selfish, it is the ultimate unselfish thing to do! When you are feeling healthy, have tons of energy, walk confidently in your clothes, and are inspiring your children and others to lead healthier lives, everyone in your circle benefits! Those reasons alone should be enough to inspire you to take the necessary daily steps needed to make it happen. Once you realize that you step into a powerful role when you take command of your fitness, you will be unstoppable, and many people will be inspired by this new and more confident you.
- The Difference Between “I Want To” And “I Need To”
The most important part of this article is for you to understand that words matter. How you speak to yourself is a large driver of your actions. “I need to” comes from a place that is externally driven. While it is ok to have external enhancements to your fitness routine such as music, a workout partner, or working out in a group setting, to reach your goal, that fire must be driven from within. The human will to succeed is one of the most powerful forces.
In 2009, I suffered a major knee injury and was told by doctors that I would never run or jump again. I never accepted that diagnosis and took daily actions to get myself to fully recover. I told myself that I would make a full comeback and I never doubted that belief. Since that diagnosis, I have completed over 160 obstacle races, won 16 gold medals in track and field, and played in many sports leagues. Ask yourself, how badly do I want to reach my goal and then change the way you speak to yourself and watch your actions change in a positive way. Now you will WANT to train yourself.
- Fall In Love With The Results
I may be a fitness coach but unbelievably, I do not enjoy working out. I know, mind blowing, right? I love what working out does for me. Being fit helped me beat that diagnosis of never running again. It allows me, at age 48, to play basketball with people half my age and listen to them argue over who is going to guard me, lol. I was overweight once in my life and I vowed to never do that to myself again. My energy was low, my joints hurt, my athletic ability was reduced, and my endurance was gone. There were no reasons for me to keep living this way.
No matter what life throws at me, I use whatever available time that I have to train. I am a single parent of 5 children, a fitness business owner, a podcast host, a speaker, and an athlete but I MAKE time to train myself. Every day I am faced with an opportunity to make an excuse to not do it, but I LOVE what training does for me. Everyone has something that they want, something that they really want, and something that they really, really, want. Find out what you really, really, want, then be honest with yourself about HOW you can accomplish it. Prioritize it without guilt, get to a point where you want to do it instead of needing to do it, and fall in love with the results. I believe in you and will be cheering for you. The question is, do you believe in yourself?
About The Author
Robert B. Foster is an award-winning international speaker, mental health advocate, and host of the hit podcast Shut Up and GRIND where he inspires guests to share their stories of trauma, survival and defying the odds. He helps people heal themselves while empowering others that are having similar struggles.
Having overcome his fair share of past pain including divorce, doctors saying he’d never run or jump again, watching his father pass away, losing a job after 21 years, and being a single parent to 5 kids to name a few, Robert created his flagship program, Speak About Yourself Out Loud where he helps people take their stories from a place of pain to a place of power.
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