The key to health and longevity is no secret. In fact, experts would agree that proper diet and exercise is the best solution for anyone trying to achieve wellness. However, for many of us, it seems that there are a lot of excuses smothering our goals of attaining wellness and sticking to a healthier lifestyle. The time has come to sweep away the excuses and get down to the nitty gritty.

Goal: Exercise More

No More Excuses Solution #1: “Too busy”

Pencil it in! Schedule your sweat session at the gym as if they were an appointment. By writing down the days you are going to the gym, you’re more likely to hold yourself accountable. This is also a great way to track your progress.

No More Excuses Solution #2: “Too hard”

Start small! Everyone struggles when they start a new workout plan. By taking on too much too soon, you’re likely to be discouraged and never step foot in the gym again. Start with an easy goal and work your way up.

No More Excuses Solution #3: “I don’t like to exercise”

No need to hit the treadmill for the fast track to fitness. Find an activity that works for you! Instead of grabbing a drink with friends, try taking a walk. Walking with friends is a great way to keep you motivated and distracted from the necessary evil that is exercise.

Goal: Eat Well

No More Excuses Solution #1: Stop buying junk food!

You may not even realize it, but just having that bag of potato chips in your pantry is harmful to your health. You’re more likely to reach for the convenient items first when choosing snacks. Why not eliminate that option all together? Cut up some fruits and veggies ahead of time for your snacking convenience.

No More Excuses Solution #2: “I can’t find enough time to eat heathy”

Plan your meals! During a busy work week, it can be hard to find time to cook every night. Try planning to make larger meals throughout your week so you can have left overs.

No More Excuses Solution #3: Don’t beat yourself up over cheating.

You indulged in a donut at this morning’s work meeting. It’s not the end of the world, however, it’s also not an excuse to continue cheating. Find smarter ways to quiet that sweet tooth by making healthier dessert options.