1- It will make you feel better.
Exercising makes you feel good. If you feel sick, as long as your symptoms don’t include fever or heavy chest congestion, exercising while you’re sick with a cold is actually a good idea. 95% of the time you’ll feel better than if you hadn’t exercised at all.
2- You’ll see everything clearer after exercising.
After exercising, everything clears up. It elevates your mood, you see your current problems from a different perspective. It helps you maintain mental clarity, focus and emotional well-being.
3- Lack of time is no excuse, your body and health are top priorities.
Lack of time = lack of priorities. The key to having more time is: doing less.
Define a to-do list with your work-out on it and a not-to-do list of things you won’t do. When it comes to your job, doing something unimportant well does not make it important. Requiring a lot of time does not make a task important either. Stop making yourself busy with things that don’t matter.
4- You don’t even have to be motivated to follow a group lesson.
Follow the instructions and let the instructor use his/her energy to guide you. You just have to follow along without thinking anything. Turn your brain off and just do it.
5- Being able to exercise is a privilege.
Being able to use your body to exercise is a gift that’s not appreciated until it’s gone. Once you’ve had a serious illness, the gym is no longer an obligation, it is a privilege.
6- You, and only you, are 90% responsible for the way you look now.
Nobody puts food in your mouth for you but you. Nobody can train and move your body but you. You’re the only one deciding what to eat and what physical activity you do. You can’t blame any one else for putting food in your mouth or restraining you to move. This is your body, you decide what to do with it. You’re responsible for it.
In some ways you do have to live with the genetic package your parents gave you, but nutrition and training are far more responsible for creating your shape and your health than you think. Tosca Reno writes in her book “The Eat-Clean Diet” that genetics are responsible for only 10% of the shape of your physique. The other 90% factors responsible for the way you look are nutrition and training, and you’re totally responsible for both of these.