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The Importance of Being On Time & Following Your Routine

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With the busy lives that most people live in todays world, “I don’t have time” has become the go to excuse for skipping out on workouts, cheating on diets, neglecting injury prevention, etc…

I hear this excuse not only as a trainer from time to time but also as simply a peer to others who workout. Truth being, our bodies and our results do not care about our busy lives! May sound harsh but its the truth.

If you were required to work overtime last night and stopped by the McDonalds drive thru for dinner, your body is not going to give you a pass on that one.
If your kids kept you up late last night and your hour long workout got cut into a 20 minute workout because you snoozed, your body is not going to give you a pass on that one neither.

Often life provides the exerciser with an excuse, but its not overcoming these tough hurdles in life that really put a damper on results. It’s prioritizing workouts and eating habits in the busiest and harshest of times that create ongoing dramatic results and change. Not accepting excuses that interfere with the task at hand.

Occasional obstacles (death in family, sickness, true emergencies) cannot be prevented, but often minor obstacles with planning and prioritization definitely CAN be. If you don’t have time to meal prep so you choose fast food, in most cases you probably DO have time you’re just not prioritizing.

If you’re choosing eating out over eating at home because you don’t have time….think about getting ready, driving to the restaurant, waiting on a table, waiting on a waiter, waiting on your food, waiting on the check, waiting for your card to be ran, and the drive back home. How much time would be SAVED by simply eating at home, think about it. Sacrificing one trip to the restaurant, if you opted to cook from home you could definitely prep your breakfast and lunch for the following day while making your dinner in less time, no doubt about it.

Results, the end game, are a priority for everyone…In many cases, especially for those who fail to reach their results. The path towards that end game is NOT a priority. If you want results, the path to the end game must become THE priority or else you may be shuffling down a never ending road.

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Taylor Carpenter is a nationally Certified Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist, and Fitness Nutrition Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Taylor was featured as a fitness expert in the first publication of NASM's "The Fitness Edge".
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