We always have zillion reasons to refrain from healthy food and regular exercise. For instance, if you always look back at the person trying to catch you in a game of running and catching, you will surely lose pace and get caught. Likewise, if you look only at the “cant’s” to avoid exercise, you are sure to fail. Energy flows where your attention goes. Giving attention to obstacles involved in exercising allows for a negative energy flow and prevents any energy flow to the spirit of physical activity.
There are endless reasons you give yourself to avoid exercise/getting in shape/eating healthy. You lose your chance of seeing what you can do when you focus on the cant’s. Very busy people sometimes find time to squeeze in 30-minute exercise sessions which is not done by not-so-busy people because of their mindset. It all depends on the perspective every person has towards life’s challenges and goals. If we want to do something, we are sure to find reasons and time to accomplish it.
Let’s look at a list of common “cant’s” people lamely give to avoid following a healthy lifestyle and practical tactics to overcome it:
I can’t exercise because…
“….my life is just upside down and I need to set right things.”
Life is full of surprises and you would always feel stressed. Once you begin to accept crazy things as your normal day-to-day events, you can go ahead with doing what you want, even if it is only going to be for a few minutes in a day.
“…. I’m not in town for a couple of weeks.”
Staying at a hotel with gym can help you do your workout. Walking is the simplest exercise form and all you need for this is the right mindset and road/park to walk.
“…. I’ve sprained my ankle.”
You can work on your upper-body parts or do simple exercise movements on your lower body parts such that it does not disturb your sprained ankle. If you suffer from any major illness or pain, it is better to get in touch with a registered dietitian nutritionist at www.firsteatright.com to plan customized meal plans and exercise routines to suit your body type.
“…. it’s just not my cup of tea.”
Even rearing children is not every person’s cup of tea. But almost all of us do it because we set our minds so. If you believe that it is worth the effort, you would automatically find energy to do so.
“…it’s the holiday season and my house would be packed with guests.”
Holiday plans are decided beforehand and it is no surprise that you may have visitors during the holiday season. Guests would not get angry or feel bored without your presence for some 60 minutes or so.
I can’t eat healthy food because…
“…my family members don’t like healthy food.”
Your health should not be at stake just because your husband, wife or children don’t like salads or fruits. Start eating nutritious foods and your family members are sure to follow suit and help you in your venture to good health.
“…I simply hate fruits/vegetables/water.”
Humans started their life eating raw fruits/vegetables and human nature is to never hate things that help them to sustain life. Try to figure out at least one single fruit/vegetable that you like/don’t dislike and start eating it. The main point is to keep trying repeatedly. We often have the tendency to quit after trying once. We try smoking or drinking alcohol and hate it initially, but we keep trying again and again until we start liking it because we want to. Why can’t we apply the same logic to healthy foods too?
“…I love to snack on junk foods.”
Eating a candy, French fries, donut or ice cream is not a sin. Eating healthy doesn’t mean staying totally away from these things. Our body needs all nutrients in balanced proportions. Eating these junk foods continuously can erode our health.
“…I don’t know to cook.”
Just learn it. When you are so eager to learn new things at office to please your boss, why not please your own body by learning healthy things to cook and eat? Watch a few online videos and try simple dishes. You may add more salt or cook with less taste initially. But, you can cook as per your wish with less oil, more health and goodness.
Opportunities are everywhere. If they don’t come knocking at your door, you just need to go in search of them. They can also be within an obstacle if we look at them with our eyes wide open. Next time you start your list of cant’s, try changing one of the “cant’s” into “can” and work on it. Even if it is a minute change, it is still a positive change in the right direction. Changing all your “cant’s” into “can’s“ is sure to happen over time and you can benefit from good health.
Dietitian Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.