This is a very common figurative phrase!
This statement means:
- get up and get going OR you will you will lose
- move yourself OR you will be become broken
It may mean something different to YOU!
I do think most people who are saying this mean, If you just sit there and do nothing, you will eventually lose your fitness level.
Have you found yourself setting healthy goals to lose weight, yet not actually reaching your goal(s)?
Do you wonder why?
For myself, I am a creature of habit. As long as I do something the same each day, it sticks as a daily habit. But………if I fall off track for any reason, it is very difficult for me to get back on track.
I have also been known to push myself so hard that I end up requiring a “break”, which makes it even more difficult to restart.
I have also held others accountable for my goal; a friend and I would agree to workout, for some reason she would not show up; I went back to bed. I needed to learn that I am responsible for myself and my own goals which are different from someone elses. I needed to hold myself accountable for following my own WHY.
I have also been known to make excuses for not “moving”.
- I’m too tired
- I worked all day
- It’s raining
- I don’t have time
Every time I make an excuse why doing something else is more important than exercise, I am telling myself that my health not important!
Have you ever thought about it that way?
Making excuses means your priority is NOT to exercise for your own health. What is your priority then?
Well, at the time I was talking myself out of going for a walk or going to the gym, my priority was not ME. It was something or someone else.
If you don’t start making YOU a priority, noone else will either. How can you expect someone else to treat you with respect and care if you don’t do the same for yourself?
By not making excuses for getting healthy, you will be able to move closer to reaching your healthy goal(s). STOP making excuses. Just do it!
You know what happens when you don’t do it. It’s time to see what happens when you do it. When you put your mind to moving. Stop making those excuses. Stop holding someone else accountable or responsible for your excuses.
I CHALLENGE you to making movement a priority for the next 21 days. That means from TODAY until 10/31/21.
Write down your WHY. Why do you want to get healthy? This is VERY important. We all need a WHY.
Each day choose a way you can move more! Make it achievable:
- take the stairs instead of the elevator
- park your car far away
- walk outside for 15 min
- take the dog for a walk(heck take your cat for a walk)
- get your family to do it with you
- go to a park
- ride your bike
- walk up and down stairs 15 times
Write that activity on your calendar ahead of time. Do it NOW. Write a movement that you want to do daily for 21 days. Once you schedule it, you owe it to yourself to do it! Do not cancel on yourself. You are important. You mean too much. Your health is your priority as of RIGHT NOW!
Set a reminder in your phone. Do Not cancel this or snooze it. Treat it like you would a reminder for a family picnic, holiday dinner, work trip, work meeting etc.
Evaluate how you feel after each day of movement. Are you happy you did it? Are you proud of yourself for putting yourself first?
I have found that even if I was tired, bored, “sick” or faced with bad weather yet I completed my movement for the day, it made me feel so much better. I was more awake. I felt better. I was more relaxed if I had a stressful day.
Change the thoughts in your head. Instead of coming up with reasons “why not”, change your thoughts to “why should I”.