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Laziness vs. Physical Limitations: Decoding the Workout Dilemma


We've all been there — the lure of the couch, the seduction of binge-watching our favourite TV shows made even worse with streaming as you can watch at anytime, and the irresistible temptation to skip that workout session. In the battle between getting up and moving versus staying put, the line between being lazy and genuinely not feeling well enough to work out can sometimes blur. So, let’s unravel this age-old conundrum and understand the fundamental difference between these two states of being.


Laziness, that elusive issue, is often the culprit when we find ourselves hesitating to hit the gym or go for a run. It's the sense of inertia that keeps us glued to our seats despite our best intentions. Laziness is a psychological barrier, a lack of motivation, and it thrives on procrastination. Overcoming laziness requires a mental shift, a spark of motivation that propels us into action. It's about setting achievable goals, finding an exercise routine that excites us, and, most importantly, mustering the willpower to start.


On the flip side, there are instances where our bodies genuinely rebel against the idea of working out. Physical limitations, be they chronic illnesses, injuries, or temporary health setbacks, present tangible barriers to physical activity. Unlike laziness, these limitations are rooted in our body’s capabilities. Pushing ourselves in such situations can lead to further harm, hindering the healing process and potentially worsening our condition.


Understanding the disparity between laziness and physical limitations is crucial for our overall well-being. It's about striking a balance between pushing ourselves and respecting our body’s signals. Listening to our bodies is a form of self-care, ensuring we don't exacerbate existing conditions or invite new troubles by overexerting ourselves.


For those battling laziness, the remedy lies in discovering the joy of movement. Whether it's dancing, cycling, yoga, or a simple walk in the park, finding an activity that resonates can transform laziness into motivation. Setting small, achievable goals and enlisting the support of friends or family can make a significant difference. As one of my clients recently mentioned to me I am the cure for laziness, the appointment is set and a workout will take place. But importantly I always ask my clients how they are feeling from the answer and a little digging the whole routine is based around that answer.


When faced with genuine physical limitations, it's essential to consult with healthcare professionals. They can guide us toward suitable exercises, physiotherapy, or even adaptive workouts tailored to our specific needs. Accepting these limitations doesn't mean giving up; it means adapting and finding new ways to stay active within our boundaries. Something is always better than nothing and even if it is a gentle walk most of the time (not all) is better than doing nothing at all. It comes down to something that keeps cropping up that I have mentioned in other articles and I base my whole coaching ethos around and it is what an individual needs not necessarily what they want or rather do nothing at all!


So in conclusion, the line between laziness and physical limitations is clear once we understand the root cause. Laziness calls for a mental shift, while physical limitations require our respect and care. By acknowledging this difference, we empower ourselves to make healthier choices and lead more fulfilling lives, striking the perfect balance between rest and movement, laziness and activity.


When I coach individuals I do not assess clients via broad generic applications but by looking at the individual as an individual and work through that person’s needs analysis. That is after all, what ‘one to one’ coaching is: tailored coaching for the individual.

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