Excuses For An Unhealthy Lifestyle (And How To Overcome Them)

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NOTE: Excuses are very, very valid. I mean, if we were empowered enough to do differently, we already would have. This is a lesson I’ve learned and still implement into my days each day the “should’s”, guilt, shame, and regret sets in.

With all that said, we still want to better ourselves, and these tips may help with your stagnation…enjoy the post!

We should all be living a healthy lifestyle, but because it’s easy to make excuses not to, we can do a lot of harm to our health and wellbeing. 

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We make excuses for not exercising, not eating healthily, and not seeing our doctors. Our excuses are sometimes valid, but then again, we can make excuses that wouldn’t exactly hold up in court.

And so it might be with you. If you are living an unhealthy lifestyle, you might have excuses of your own. Consider the following excuses, for example, and if you relate to any of them, follow our tips on how to overcome them.

Excuse #1: I Don’t Know Where To Start

This excuse might sound silly, but because there is so much information online on how to eat healthily or on how to exercise, it can be easy to get a little confused. 

To overcome this excuse, you still have to start somewhere. Google your question, such as ‘what diet should I choose’ and then head to those websites that contain expert information. When you have picked up information from professionals in their respective field, you should have a good idea of how to get started with your health goal. You might also want to talk to friends and family members who have achieved a good standard of healthy living, and your doctor should be able to help you too. You can sign up for a nutritional consult with a health coach like myself to get a customized assessment of where you’re at, and how to begin.

Excuse #2: I Don’t Like My Doctor

If you don’t like your doctor (don’t worry; I’m not a huge fan of my doctor myself), you might be less than willing to seek the help you need. The same applies to your dentist or any other health professional if you dislike or struggle to trust them. 

To overcome this excuse, ask yourself why you don’t like your doctor. Is it because they have given you information you don’t want to hear, such as advice telling you to exercise more? If so, the problem might lie with you rather than with them. On the other hand, if they have behaved in a way that is to your disliking, and you have a genuine reason not to trust them, research doctors (and other health professionals) online. Websites such as Vital.com are great, as you can search for people in your area, read online reviews from other patients, and source other relevant information. Check out this page on Dr. Hooshang Poor as an example and then look for doctors in your area.

Bottom line though (this is Linda here speaking): You are your own best doctor. Don’t adopt any other professional’s opinions above your own intuition.

Excuse #3: I Don’t Have The Time

If you have a busy schedule, you might struggle to fit exercise into your day. You might lack the time to eat healthy too. Of course, the truth is that you probably do have time, so you will need to find ways to incorporate your health needs into your schedule.

Take a long hard look at your schedule and where possible, eliminate anything that is taking you away from your health goals. Then find ways to look after your health each day. You might need to get up earlier to prepare a healthier breakfast and packed lunch, for example. You might also want to consider these ideas for sneaking a workout into your busy schedule

These are just a few of the excuses that might be familiar to you, but the same rule applies to any others you might have: Find ways to eliminate them. Your health is important, so continue your research online, and overcome any excuse that could be putting your wellbeing in danger.