Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The Most Common Excuses That Stop You Being Healthy, and Why They're Bunk

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It's so easy to make excuses and not keep to our healthy lifestyle plans. 

It can be hard to be disciplined all the time and such excuses can seem totally justified to you. But if you look deeper, are they just getting in the way of you having the body and the energy levels you really want?

I'm, too tired
You would exercise, but you are just too tired after a long at work or looking after the kids? Sounds legit, right? But somewhere deep inside you know that you'd have much more energy for work if you got out an exercise for at least 30 minutes a day. That's correct if you exercise right it gives your more energy rather than draining it away. So I'm too tired really isn't a good enough excuse.

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I hate the gym
 How many times have I heard this one? Too many to count I think. But the reality is the gym is not the only form of exercise you can do! There are so many fun and challenging things that you can do indoors and outdoors that don't involve going anywhere near a gym. Go for a run along the beach. Swim each morning or take a taekwondo class. Open your mind to all the exercise possibilities out there and keep trying them till you find one you like.


I'm addicted to sugar
Ok, so this isn't really an excuse as it is a real thing. But if you are addicted to sugar you need to do something about it ASAP. However much your exercise, if your sugar intake is high it will mess with your insulin levels. This increases your body's fat storage tendencies. Try a whole food diet where you can enjoy meals like this instead of all that sugar.

I like eating fatty foods
Fat is a tricky one; there is lots of info on the dangers and advantages of having fat in your diet out there. Its seems to be that fat on its own is not the problem. The issue is actually with simple carbohydrates and refined sugars. They turn to fat because your body can't process them quick enough to use them up.

In fact, some fats are particularly beneficial in keeping your weight as a manageable level. Look for avocados and seeds, which contain healthy fats that help you burn off the bad stuff.

Its genetic
Another excuse that I hear all the time is that I can't help my weight or fitness level because it's genetic. Yes, genetics do play a role in how our body is shaped and what activities we are naturally predisposed to. But there is always something you can do to improve your situation. If you are currently using this excuse, you're probably trying to change too much all in one go. Work in small adjustments to your lifestyle and celebrate the small victories and in the end, it will all add up to where you want to be.