When it comes to running, or any type of exercise, excuses are rampant.
“I don’t have enough time.”
“I’m too tired.”
“I’ll do it tomorrow.”
I’ve used these excuses more than once and I’m willing to bet you have too.
But all of these excuses are lies.
There are lots of things in my life that get done, no matter how busy or tired I am.
The same is true for you.
Even when you’re stressed, you make the time to read to your kids, go to work, attend church or meet a girlfriend for dinner.
Yet when it comes to your health and your wellness, it’s much easier to make an excuse and put it off for another day.
One reason is the benefits of exercise take time to realize.
Our brains are wired for instant gratification. And most of the time, exercise falls short in this category.
The first time you go out for a run, you probably won’t feel better. You might even feel worse.
Long term gratification is where exercise reaps its benefits. Which doesn’t help much when you’re tempted to hit snooze for one more day.
Add risk to the equation and excuses start to pop up at every turn.
Yes, starting to run can be risky.
Most likely, you care what other people think about you.
You probably don’t want to bad at something. To be the slowest, or to come in last, or to fail.
When you first start running, there’s a good chance all of the above will happen.
So you come up with exuses that stop you from heading out the door.
These excuses only serve to keep you stuck.
They stop you from starting. They stop you from getting better.
In the end, the excuses stop you from gaining and growing. From learning you can succeed – even if you have to overcome failure along the way.
So expect the excuses, then stop believing the lies and head out the door anyway.