Posted: October 28, 2011 in Fitness

Every fitness trainer has heard some version of this: “This month has been nuts!  Three weeks ago we had a family crisis and then the car died and Billy broke his arm.  I wanted to – but I just couldn’t get to the gym that week and somehow it’s a month later and I feel like crap.”

If you are waiting for that glorious tomorrow when your life is organized, your car is out of the shop, your kids aren’t in some kind of need, your papers are done or your loved one doesn’t have cancer  – you are waiting in vain.  None of us will ever live a life free from stress.  And here’s the kicker – if you aren’t exercising you are increasing your stress.

A thousand studies have linked stress and depression to lack of physical activity.  And a thousand more studies have shown that physical activity leads to greater general health.  Believe them.  Exercise is not an option.  It’s not a luxury.  It’s not just for some people.  It’s for everyone.  It’s a biological imperative.  And your short sweet time on this planet just isn’t going to be as much fun if you don’t get your sweat on.

Fitness trainers know how hard it is to get in the gym and our job, in part, is to get you in there.  The #1 reason excuse we hear is:  “I don’t have enough time.”   Ahem…  Yes, you do.  I’ve yet to meet someone who doesn’t have enough time.  Maybe you don’t have enough motivation or knowledge or will-power or desire or interest – but you have enough time.  Many of the busiest and most successful people I’ve met have a strict exercise regimen – and they tell me that’s where they get the energy to fuel their ambitions.

When it comes to many of life’s stresses we may not have a choice.  But we do have a choice about what goes into our bodies and what we do with them.  Don’t wait for motivation.  It never lasts.  Are you motivated to go to work everyday?  No. But you do it anyway.  Why?  Because you are convinced that you have to.  I’m trying to convince you (yes, YOU!) that you have to make it to the gym (or the court or the trail or whatever) at least 3 times a week.  Why?  Because the quality of your life depends on it.

Your life will be better if you get into the gym even on the days – especially on the days – when your life seems to be falling apart.

In health,


  1. Hobbsie says:

    hey creepy. get out of my brain.

    just kidding. i needed to hear this, again.

  2. hitgirl says:

    Hey Hobbsie. I didn’t even know I was in your brain. Common concerns me thinks.

  3. i love that u used bender as your pic.. hes always inspirational 😉

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