Maybe I’m a hater, but I kind of understand the sh!tstorm resulting from this photo:
Yes, Maria Kang is a beautiful woman. Yes, she’s got a smoking hot bod that she should be proud of. Yes, it’s almost unbelievable that she manages to maintain that figure with three small children. No, she absolutely does not deserve the personal attacks I’ve been reading in the blogosphere.
I’m sure she worked incredibly hard to be in that great of shape. She’s probably made all kinds of sacrifices to exercise, eat right, make time for such a healthy lifestyle. But why the word “excuse”?
The word “excuse” is positively loaded with judgment. The implication there is that if anyone that doesn’t look as fantastic as she does, it’s merely because she isn’t trying hard enough. That kind of approach might work for teenage boys that want to make varsity, but in the adult world, there are tons of reasons why we’re overweight, overwhelmed, and kind of pissed off when someone blames it all on our “excuses”. Look, I wake up at 4:30am 6 days a week to work out, and I’m still annoyed with the word “excuse”. Why not caption this photo with “Hard Work”? or “You Can Do It Too!”? or “Living the Best Life I Can”? or even “HaHa, High School B!tches”?
I totally get that this lady is proud of herself – If I were her, I’d be flaunting that figure too. I just don’t know why she has made her accomplishments our failures by suggesting that we don’t have that physique because of an “excuse”. What a great opportunity she had to offer support, encouragement, and solutions.
But never fear, I am here to step into the breach! We all have
excuses reasons we don’t exercise, but maybe these options will help you out.
- Short on time? Here’s a routine that you can do in 25 minutes a day. Here’s a series of 10-minute workouts – do 2 or 3 in a row, or sneak them in when you can.
- Broke? Here’s a workout routine that’s only $20. And here’s another one.
- Have no idea what High Intensity Internal Training is? Here’s an at-home program. No equipment necessary.
- Just starting out with exercise? Here’s a fun routine for beginners.
- Have you plateaued? Bust through with this.
- Insatiable sweet tooth? Have this instead of Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts (okay, I’m talking to myself with this one)
- Don’t know much about nutrition? Here’s a good start, and all the programs listed above come with detailed nutrition plans.
Do you have a workout routine that fits your busy lifestyle? Tell us about it in the comments!
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