When you’re trying to become healthier, sometimes the hardest part is actually…getting motivated to do it. Sometimes it can be difficult to get over that initial lack-of-motivation hump. Today I’m going to discuss some common excuses for staying unhealthy, and why they’re just that — excuses!
“I don’t have time/I’m too busy.”
Guess who else has a busy schedule? All those people who go to the gym every day. And all those other truck drivers who still find the time to run around the truck stop every morning. If it’s important to you, you’ll make the time.
“I’m going to die from something, might as well go out with a bang.”
Well there’s a great reason for stuffing your face with cheesy poofs if I ever heard one! Just because we’re going to die *eventually* doesn’t mean you need to expedite the process. A treat here and there is fine; making a habit of a cheeseburger-and-fry meal every day and validating it as, “If I’m gonna die I’m gonna eat what I want” is a bad idea and frankly, just plain dumb.
“Fast food is cheap.”
Well, no, not really, unless you mean cheaply made. If you consider an average fast food meal is about $6 (and that’s a conservative estimate) and you grab two meals a day, you’re spending $84 a week on an artery-clogging grease fest. Think about how much food you could get at Walmart for that same price. SparkPeople published a great article illustrating the cost of eating healthy as opposed to eating junk food. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be expensive, and as that post describes, in most cases you get much more bang for your buck at the grocery store!
“I’m too out of shape to get in shape.”
…what? Does anyone else think this just sounds funny? How do you think you’re going to get in shape in the first place? Sorry tosay, but those people who can run 10 miles a day did not just wake up one morning, and think, “I’m going to start running 10 miles a day.” Everyone has to start somewhere! Most people are out of shape before they get in shape. That’s generally how it works.
“I can’t let it go to waste.”
“There are starving children in Africa,” blah, blah, blah. This is a common excuse for finishing a plate of food after you’re already about to pop. If you really don’t want to let extra food go to waste, package up half the meal (before you even start eating) and save it for tomorrow’s lunch. Or order a smaller portion if you know you won’t be able to finish.
“There’s not enough room in my truck to exercise.”
Sure, not enough room for a treadmill. But truck drivers can make do. There are plenty of simple exercises you can do in your truck. And even there’s legitimately not enough room, who’s to say it’s impossible to, you know, get OUT of the truck? Take a walk around the truck stop. Do some basic weight exercises outside next to the truck. No one will judge you, and hey, if they do, just remember — you’re doing more than they are to get healthy!
“I don’t have any energy.”
This one is at least a little understandable — after a long day of driving, truck drivers are tired and it’s hard to work up the energy to get a quick workout in. There are a couple ways to combat this: 1) Wworkout in the morning before you start your driving shift (and before your brain knows what it’s doing); and 2) Push through the lack of energy, as that will go away as soon as you start getting your heart rate up.