5 Reasons You're Not In Shape

Let’s be blunt for a second, most people rant and rave about how they want to get in shape without any actual intentions of getting there.

Of course it sounds nice to lose weight, feel stronger and get out of pain. But let’s face it, most people don’t have it in them to actually do what they have to do.

Rather than working towards the goal in mind most people will skip the gym, eat like trash and neglect their bodies until the next time it tells them, “Hey! Please take care of me!”

So what are the main reasons that you’re not in shape? I’m going to list a few common reasons and see if any of these resonate with you.

1) “I don’t have the time.”

The most common of common excuses for not getting in shape is lack of time.

Lack of time is one of those excuses that simply says “I am not prioritizing this right now, I’d rather be doing other things.”

Because let’s face it, do you really lack four (4) hours each week? There’s no possible way for you to find four (4) free hours every week to take care of yourself?

When people tell me they’re not coming in because they didn’t have the time I try to dig deeper, because often times there’s really a bigger barrier that’s holding them back from committing to themselves.

2) “I don’t know what I’m doing.”

The second runner up on the excuse list is when people claim that they don’t know what they’re doing.

If you belong to a gym, there is a personal trainer for you in almost every facility.

Like a dentist helps you with cavities or your doctor helps you with medicine, a personal trainer is an educated professional that can help you to move and feel better.

If you don’t want to commit to a personal trainer, other alternatives are looking for coaching (offline) or remote coaching (online) to give you a sense of direction with a workout plan.

At this point, if you don’t want to commit to coaching you can easily browse the web for many different workout programs that others have compiled and put online either for free or for purchase.

Some people are even generous enough as to record their workout sessions and post the exercises so that you can see what they’re doing and what may be working for them.

Either way you slice it, you have options.

3) “I don’t want to hurt myself.”

As long as you’re not lifting like a mad man/woman you should be fine.

I have seen some people lift with atrocious form (not that I condone that) and walk out seemingly fine.

If you are following a program and understand the technique of the exercises selected then you should have no problem reducing risk of injury.

On the other side, if you are unsure of how to properly perform exercises, this is again one of those moments where I am going to suggest hiring a personal trainer to educate you.

Most people look at personal training as a luxury when in reality it’s becoming more and more of a necessity in the world we live in due to inactivity, poor posture and a laundry list of health disorders.

4) “I can’t seem to get motivated.”

If you are having trouble with self-motivation I suggest going onto YouTube and watching videos from people like Gary Vaynerchuk, Elliott Hulse, Eric Thomas or other great influencers like them.

Stop listening to the unmotivated internal talk and start listening to people who are motivating, uplifting and inspiring.

Like John Mayer said in the song “Waiting on the World to Change”:

“And when you trust your television
What you get is what you got
Cause when they own the information, oh
They can bend it all they want”

What you watch on television or YouTube, listen to in the car or on the go, read in a book or on Facebook is what you are going to become.

You become what you digest, similar to the old expression “you are what you eat.”

When you watch, listen or read something you are absorbing the data which will trigger some sort of sensation.

A prime example is that after reading this article most people will try to do one of two things; (1) find a way to get closer to their goals or (2) identify harder with the excuses they have made prohibiting them from their goals.

The data you are absorbing when you read more positive content will have a far greater effect on you reaching your goals (whether fitness related or not) than watching the news every morning to hear about all of the deaths, murders and fires in the world.

5) “I don’t want to go to the gym.”

There is not much I can say to this other than if you want to make a physical change to yourself you’re going to have to workout.

So stop being a baby, cut out “I can’t” or “I don’t” and start flipping your attitude around to “I can” or “I will.”

This is where your excuses die, let them go and get yourself uncomfortable as soon as possible by getting shorts on and going to the gym whether you’re “ready for it” or not.

The quicker you get into the habit of going the better off you will be and the less you will think about why you can’t or don’t want to do it.

Hopefully this article helps you.

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