Obstacle Mud Runner - issue 11

obstaclemudrunner.co.uk ForEliteAtheletes toFunRunners 16 RACE : TRAINING what’s your excuse... As we head into the 3rd month of the new year, sadly most of us have started dropping in a few excuses as our resolve begins to fade. As I head into my 13th New Year running a personal training business it’s safe to say I’ve heard them all. Here’s the top 7 excuses you can stop telling yourself right now. 1 I haven’t got time I hear this every… single… day. We are bombarded by so much noise in our busy lives, all of which is competing for our attention. With so much time devoted to work, family, friends, TV, travel, email, social media etc... I’m not surprised some people fall into the trap of thinking they have no time to train. But let’s get something straight. This is all b/s. One thing is certain, if you do not devote any time to looking after yourself now, you will sacrifice a hell of a lot more time later in life! What’s more, when you train regularly you will improve almost every aspect of your life. The increased energy, concentration, productivity, sense of wellbeing and not to mention lack of illness and sick days, will free up bundles more time than you ever thought possible. Still think you’re too busy? Jack Dorsey (twitter CEO), Richard Branson, Tim Cook (Apple CEO), Barak Obama, Indra Nooyi (Pepsi CEO), Tim Armstrong (AOL CEO), Tony Robbins, Mark Cuban, Howard Shultz (Starbucks CEO) Vittorio Colao (Vodafone CEO). These people all have 3 things in common- 1: They all get up before work and exercise. 2: They are among the most successful people. 3: They are busier than you! I’m not saying you have to be smashing it at the gym EVERY day, but you do owe it to yourself (and your family!) to FIND the time to get moving. A simple home workout like those found at www.28daysbetter. co.uk take only 10-15 mins a day, require no equipment and cost little to no money at all. 2 I’m too old Nope. Not true. In fact, the older you get the MORE important exercise becomes. Ever heard of the saying ‘If you don’t use it, you lose it’. The same thing applies to your body, especially your muscle mass. As the human body ages we suffer from a fairly constant physical decline. Without regular exercise, those over 50 years of age are susceptible to a range of health problems including high blood pressure, reduced bone mineral density and increased risk of strokes and cardiovascular disease. It is never too late to start getting active, regardless of your age. We have dozens of individual clients in their 80s training at the gym on a regular basis and they are in great shape. So drop the age card please. 3 I need to lose weight before I start at a gym You really don’t. Surprisingly common this one. I get it, the idea of walking into a gym full of ripped guys lifting weights and super slim Victoria Secret models chatting away on the crosstrainers can seem nightmarish to some. Even more so if you are considerably overweight. To be honest this is one of the reasons we started BBG. That exclusive, cliquey environment, where people are more concerned with how their outfits look rather than their training is all a bit embarrassing if you ask me. The key here is to find yourself a gym (like ours!) where everyone is welcome. Gyms with a very high percentage of staff relative to members is best. Trust me, everyone is far too busy going through their own battles to be watching what you are up to! If you are struggling with your weight, it’s likely that you need some help. Don’t go it alone. You are always welcome here no matter where you are starting from…fact. 4 I’m already slim so I don’t need to train Don’t be fooled The fact that you are not carrying a lot of body fat doesn’t necessarily mean you are fit and healthy. A common misconception is that a low Too fat, old, tired and poor to get fit? Hands up who’s sticking to their new years resolutions? Chris Wharton Director, Better Body Group If you are struggling with your weight, it’s likely you need some help