What's your Excuse?

Everyone has at least one.  What is your favorite “go to” excuse?  Think long and hard about this one… I am willing to bet it has something to do with your lack of time.  Am I right?  Well, here are my thoughts on that excuse.  Time is defined as:

Noun - the indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future regarded as a whole. A point of time as measured in hours and minutes past midnight or noon; Verb - plan, schedule, or arrange when (something) should happen or be done; perform (an action) at a particular moment; measure the time taken by (a process or activity, or a person doing it).

Do you see those words plan, schedule or arrange, used in the definition?  The excuse of “no time” is a poor one, especially when it comes to your health.  We manage to find time to meet friends for lunch, have our hair and nails done on a regular basis, sit and watch our favorite TV shows for a couple of hours each evening (either live or recorded on TiVo), and scroll up and down the pages of social media commenting on our friends latest pictures all day long from our phones!

Not having the time to plan a meal, schedule a workout, or arrange your day so you can have 20 or 30 minutes to take care of yourself and your health is ridiculous!  Excuses are killing our children and our adult population here in the United States.  We have excuses for why we could not take 5 minutes to pack our lunch the night before and yet take 30 minutes to drive to a fast food establishment, wait in our car in a line, only to be handed something that is called food wrapped in paper, and more than likely fried.  We drink our 16 oz. carbonated beverage and consume a full days worth of calories in one sandwich, but yet still feel hungry afterward. 

We have excuses for why we drive by the local fitness establishment every day on our way to and from work because we are either late for work, or so tired from work, we could not possibly find the energy to “work out.”  However, we will head home and sit on our ever-expanding bottoms and watch television show after television show until it is time to go to bed.  We make excuses why we should give our children commercial snacks, sodas, and fast food meals on a regular basis because we are so busy, and then yell at our pediatricians because they are sick and tired! 

Wait, do you see the trend?  WE are the “blamers,” the “make excusers,” WE  are the PROBLEM. Until we are willing to stop making excuses, we will never be able to cure the global epidemic of obesity in our children and adults. Stop accepting what the media, and marketing firms for big corporations are selling as the truth, and learn how easy it is to live a healthy and fit lifestyle.  No quick fixes, no excuses. Eating REAL food, and regular physical activity is the only way to obtain and maintain a healthy body. 

Quit with the excuses, and start making time today for a healthy tomorrow.  You are NEVER alone.

Stay Fit,


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Merlinda Swearingen

Merlinda Swearingen is a Navy wife and mother of two growing boys (12 and 10). She teaches group fitness classes at ODU's student recreation center and is a certified personal trainer, group exercise instructor, pilates instructor, personal fitness chef, and business owner with over 15 years experience in the fitness industry. She enjoys spending time with her family, church family, cooking, camping, and finding new information and ideas that are trending in the area of fitness and health. Living a healthy and fit lifestyle is a passion she enjoys sharing with anyone and everyone she meets.  

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