For those who keep putting themselves off, neglecting your health and well-being with the excuse that you just don’t have time, energy, resources, etc., accept that you can’t do it alone. You need support, whether that comes from a friend, partner, trainer, or even a co-worker. If you want to start an exercise routine, but don’t know how, get a trainer or someone other than yourself who is going to get you into the gym and hold you accountable. Even though you made the appointment, and may have already paid for the session, you have to show up. That is where the hard work comes in. You can’t let the other person do the work for you.
Make working out a priority in your daily schedule. I guard that time like a mother tiger guards her cubs and have learned how to say “No, I can do that when I get back from the gym.” Guarding my own time—and sometimes being a little selfish—is key to keeping my stress in check. And during that long, busy stretch of the 2012 presidential campaign, it definitely saved me, and made me a better person, coworker, and friend. It can work for you too!
But no matter how hard you try, no one can force you to take that path. You have to want it badly enough. You have to choose it for yourself. You can feed your body junk and make all the excuses you can think of to avoid exercising, or you can start eating right and work out regularly and with purpose.
If you already wok out in a gym or fitness center, but don’t feel you’re seeing results, consider asking the on-site personal trainer to work with you for a few weeks, establishing a training plan to teach you proper form and technique. It’s impossible to do it alone. And if you don’t have the resources to hire a trainer, ask a friend for assistance. Try running with a neighbor or co-worker before or after work. Just don’t be afraid to ask for help. All it takes is ONE change in habit to create the positive difference to remain motivated for success.