I always have an Excuse
To not Exercise
- I don't have the time/energy.
- I'm not self disciplined enough.
- I can't afford a gym membership/equipment.
For the first two weeks, this was accurate. But now, I don't know how I'd have the time/energy without daily exercise.
My payoff for exercising has been a significant increase in physical, emotional, and intellectual energy. And all I typically do is 10 to 20 minutes a day of a moderate workout. Which means that the work I do is more efficient, which means I naturally get things done faster, which means I have more time.
I won't bore you with explaining a study like this (insert Link), but I have found my own willpower to be minimal. I've tried new commitments to exercise in fits and starts with limited success. Inevitably my willpower gave out. For a time I couldn't even get out of bed before 10am.
So how do I do it? Incetives and Habit. (insert link to other article).
My wife told me to try pilates. I thought that was a wussy thing to do. Then I tried it and my body hurt everywhere. Throw away your pride; you don't need anything but a floor (I only just bought a mat and a medicine ball a few weeks ago).
The only thing I think I will spend money on is probably a couple of sessions with a personal trainer so I don't relive the three days I couldn't walk due to an exercise back injury.
So what have been the results?
- My brain is healthier and more focused.
- I am happier.
- I am more creative.
- I have greater physical/mental/emotional endurance
- Chronic back problems have nearly disappeared.
- Even though I'm not on any sort of "diet" at all, when I decide what to eat I feel a stronger desire for healthier food. (At Thanksgiving I only had a single plate of food with small servings, because that's what I actually wanted. And I ended up enjoying Thanksgiving dinner more than I usually do.)