“Oh, I wish it was possible now!” said the lady to me exasperatedly. She showered me with praise for my transformation but unequivocally backed out of even making an attempt. Mind you, with her weight and health issues she needed it lot more than I did. Humans are a curious species. Even before we determine to achieve something a tiny part of us starts framing excuses to shoot down any possibility.
Does the effort we need to invest cow us down? Are we frightened to accept failure, if any? Have we messed up our priorities to the extent that a harmful deviation too seems normal? Why do we take something as vital as good health for granted? Isn’t our well-being almost entirely our own call and responsibility?
Excuses are lies we tell ourselves so that it doesn’t have to be our fault. All of us have some time been guilty of hiding behind them to escape being answerable or accountable. When it comes to health though, it is borderline self-abuse. Read on to know the most common excuses people can come up with to normalise ‘not being healthy’. *rolling eyes*
I don’t have time
Time is a luxury for many of us today. We want to pick the easiest and quickest way out. Fast foods have replaced elaborate homemade healthy meals. Pouring out a cold drink stocked in the refrigerator is lot easier than making juices, buttermilk and other drinks. Needless to say, these choices are damaging for health and may infuse lethargy. Remember that when time turns back at you, it may not be quick or gentle. Manage your time effectively and try to add any kind of physical activity to your daily routine. Eat healthy and fresh.
Domestic chores need effort!
A maid-free life is no less than a punishment, isn’t it? Of late many of us have been forced to perform domestic chores like wiping floors, rinsing utensils and the like. While these activities are physically taxing (see your maid’s slim waist?), don’t turn your backs on your workout. Exercise releases endorphins which make you feel happy and positive. Can doing your maid’s work make you feel the same?
Do I really need to?
It is a famous myth that slim people are inevitably healthy. Contrarily, lifestyle diseases like diabetes, heart problems or hormonal issues aren’t always weight dependant. The right figure on your weighing scale isn’t proof of a healthy body. Eating right and physical mobility aid in digestion, keep your joints lubricated and your heart healthy. Transformation isn’t always the reason. Do it because it’s good for you.
I’m out of practice
People who played sports in school or college don’t always continue them once they become professionals. With age come responsibilities, excuses and lack of time or intent. This may lead to lower fitness levels which predictably mean disinterest. It’s a vicious circle. Is ‘out of practice’ a good enough excuse to not get going again? Don’t aim for perfection, just go ahead and have fun. Everything else will follow!
I’m a diehard foodie!
That’s me and I’m certain most of us as well. Good food and good health aren’t bestest of friends. However, speaking from experience, with few tweaks a recipe can retain its flavours yet lose the calorie overload. Eating in breaks to keep the metabolism high and snacking smartly on nuts, khakras, fruits or homemade chivdas don’t need the foodie in you to suffer. Starving is never an option. Cheat in moderation though.
This was my fourth post in the Health and Wellness series with #CauseAChatter. Hope you’re enjoying reading my posts as much as I’m having fun writing them. Do share your thoughts with me.