Finding Inspiration

By Amber Tebeau, Lead Personal Trainer at CoachMeFit West Bloomfield

It is no secret that exercise is an important part of life; however, we can all come up with several excuses of why we cannot or will not exercise. Some of the excuses include being too busy or too tired and, if we’re honest with ourselves: too lazy. As a trainer I hear excuses everyday about why a client has not exercised on their own or why they cannot make it in to the studio for their scheduled appointment. No matter what the reasons, in the end they are all excuses. If we examine our lives we will find that the things we value as important, we always make time for. If you find yourself making excuses and skipping workouts, take the time to examine why it is that you do not value your health as important.

Don’t get me wrong: I’m also guilty of making excuses or skipping a workout; I have my own personal list of excuses. However, I have a client who has legitimate excuses and yet never plays the excuse card. She has a list of health problems including Rheumatoid Arthritis, and a rotator cuff injury, but, regardless she is probably my hardest working client. She never complains about her conditions or her pain and she always pushes herself. She knows that exercise is imperative to her health and she will not be deterred from reaching her goals. She understands her pain and when she can push through and when she needs to quit, which I have yet to witness. Due to her perseverance she has seen amazing results because she CHOSE to make exercise part of her life. When I first met her in the winter of 2009 she could not lift her left arm above her shoulder. However, by May 2009 she could lift her left arm over her head with ease. Her balance and strength have made major improvements and she is able to get up and down off the floor, which she has not been able to do for several years. Other than her physical improvements, her confidence is also greatly improved. She is amazed by her progress and she frequently comments that she is doing things that she never thought she could do. She never thought she would be able to get on the floor again, lift a weight heavier than 5lbs, or work on the Bosu without support. In the summer of 2010 she is going hiking in the mountains and she is confident that with her continued hard work and progress she will not struggle to complete her hikes.

My client really inspires me with her dedication and her perseverance. She never gives up or gives in. I can’t come up with an excuse for skipping a workout that comes close to comparing to the excuses she could give me. So I’m challenged to work harder. Keep a story like this in mind the next time you are tempted to skip a workout: in reality, you can probably make it work.

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