Don’t Make Excuses

Have you been saying to yourself that you want to get back in shape? Can I ask what’s stopping you? Have you been telling yourself that you’re to old or you don’t have time? Quit making excuses! Some of you probably just said that those are not excuses but let me ask you some follow up questions. If I said I’ll give you tickets to your favorite sports teams game would your answer be I’m to old or I don’t have time? If I said I’ll buy you dinner at any restaurant you wanted to go to would your answer be I’m to old or I don’t have time? If your answers to these questions are no then they shouldn’t be your excuses to not take control of your health. I had to swallow that hard truth not that long ago. It’s funny how we have time to do the things that we want to do but don’t have any time to go workout. To be completely honest we have to make time to get a workout in. Think about this: a one hour workout is only four percent of the day. When you think about it that way it doesn’t seen like that much time does it? Have you thought about getting up one hour earlier in the morning to get that workout done for the day? You might be saying that you don’t feel like you’re not getting enough sleep so how could I get up earlier to workout. Trust me when I say that once you start doing it it’ll make your day go better. I challenge you to try it for seven days and see how it goes. If it’s not for you then at least you tried but don’t quit on your workouts just find a different time of day to do it. Some guys workout on their lunch break or right after they get off work. The main thing is that there is time we just have to take the time we have.

Now let’s come back to that I’m to old comment that some of us have used to not workout. Here’s the truth: I’m 38 and we all know that 38 isn’t that old. Well, maybe to some of you in your twenties it is, but it really isn’t. I made the choice to start getting my health back about a year and a half ago and trust me when I say if I can do it so can you. I know that there are some that are older than I am who are saying that is great for someone your age but it’s hard to be inspired when I’m older than you. My answer to that is my mom who never really worked out before is 65 and goes to the gym 5 days a week. I have watched her go from having high blood pressure and getting ready to go on blood pressure medication to having good blood pressure. She has also lowered her blood sugar from 8.7 to 6.6 in three months. This woman has also ways pushed me to do my best and to not give up on how hard I work. Watching how hard she works and how she is benefiting from her hard work pushes me to do more. I am very proud of the work that she has put in. Her story is inspiring and should inspire you as well however I have one more for you. I can’t brag on my mom and the great job that’s she’s been doing without mentioning my dad. At the age of 79 my dad has made the decision to start a small workout.

A little back story about him is three years ago he fell and broke and dislocated his ankle. He hard a long recovery because his bone came very close to pushing through the skin so they had to put three screws in just to hold the bone in place before the could even go in and fix it. After the swelling went down enough they put a plate in and about 6 screws to hold it in place. From the time he broke his ankle till the time he was able to walk again was about a year. Every time he would walk for a period of time his ankle would swell up and he would be out of commission for a few days. Just recently he has been able to walk for a while without his ankle swelling up. About 2 weeks ago he decided to start going to the gym. The past 2 weeks this almost 80 year old has gone to the gym 5 days a week to walk ride a bike and to do a small back shoulder and arm workout. I am very proud of both of my parents for making the decision to start working out. They are truly an inspiration to me.

I feel that it’s pretty safe to say that I’ve covered the age groups here and to recap what I said about I’m to old and I have no time are excuses for not working out regularly. Now I challenge you to stop making excuses make the time and go out there and get after it. I also challenge you to never give up and never quit. Remember that none of us are perfect and we will never be so shot for progress not perfection.

Workout Together

The days that I enjoy the most at the gym are the days that my son comes with me. It all started one day as we were walking around The Man Show Expo. Jacob looked over and saw that there was a warp wall just like on American Ninja Warrior. We asked the guy if we were able to try it out. They said that they had a few obstacles set up that were open to the public to try out. For the next hour Jacob and I tried to do all the stuff that they had set up. At this point Jacob wasn’t going to the gym and really had no interest in working out. After we got home from the Man Show Jacob went on and on about how much fun he had. He kept on talking about if he did this or if he did that he would be able to get up the warped wall. I had mentioned to him that if he started coming to the gym with me I could help him start a workout routine that would definitely help him achieve his goal. That night we made a plan to go workout together two or three days a week. Just like when I started to workout I didn’t want Jacob to go big right out of the gate with the fear that he would get burned out quickly.

The first day that we went to the gym together was a proud day for me. I watched my son do things that he didn’t think that he could do. I was able to see the potential that I knew he had inside of him start to come out. He worked hard and was very observant to what I was doing and if he wasn’t sure how exactly to do something he didn’t hesitate to ask for assistance. It was fun for me to pass on the things that I was learning onto him. It was definitely a learning day for the both of us. For Jacob he was learning different weight lifting workouts and for me I was learning how to show him what to do and help him make sure that he was lifting the weights in the proper way so that he wouldn’t hurt himself. We were having so much fun working out together that we didn’t even notice that we had been at the gym for about 3 hours. It is definitely true when they say time flys when you’re having fun and for me it was double the amount of fun. Not only was I working out but I was using something that I really enjoy to spend quality time as father and son.

From time to time Jacob and I go to the Warrior Gym. This is a training gym that has the obstacles set up like American Ninja Warrior. These obstacles take a lot of upper body strength. To be honest these obstacles will give you a full body workout without you even knowing it. The first time we went I think we may have been there for thirty minutes or so. We both realized that we had a long way to go before we could do some of the obstacles. We tried our hardest to complete the ones that we thought we could do and at least attempted some of the other one as well. We set some goals of being able to complete the one we could almost do and also set a goal to get farther on the other ones we couldn’t get very far on. We both had a blast but when we got back to the house we were sore all over. In those thirty minutes we both definitely got a great workout. We also watch American Ninja Warrior to get some inspiration to keep us going back.

Our family motto is Never Give up and Never Quit. This helps us to stay focused on our goals. Now get out there and get after it.