This is for you, Moms. In fact, whether you are a mom or not, this is for all the women out there who feel trapped in a cycle of, “One day, I am going to eat healthy, lose weight and really take care of myself.”
It’s time to get un-stuck, and EHF is here to help.
We know that it is hard to find time to focus on you. And when you finally do take some time for yourself, you probably have a vague sense of guilt that there are other things more worthy of whatever effort or sacrifice you are making to work on you.
That’s part of being a mom. You put others first.
But consider this. Neglecting yourself is not good for you or those people who depend on you. The only way you can keep attending to your many responsibilities and joys is if your health is optimum.
Once your health starts declining, you will have no choice but to focus on yourself.
Wouldn’t you rather do it now and know what it feels like to be fit and full of energy and still be there for those people who depend on you?
It’s hard to start
Yes, starting is hard. In fact, it is probably the hardest part.
It may be hard because you’ve ‘started’ before and failed. That doesn’t matter anymore. You are not doing it alone this time. We are here to walk with you every step of the way. We’re looking forward, not backward.
It may be hard because you have no idea where you will find the time to exercise. We’ll help you with that too. That’s what we do. We offer free orientations and consultations and extremely affordable personal training.
It may be hard because changing life-long patterns of eating seems completely undesirable right now. We’ve been there. And believe me; if some of us can do it, you can too. The amazing thing is that once you get a taste of the energy and vitality that eating well brings, you won’t look back.
Waiting is dangerous
Listen. The longer you wait to take your health seriously, the more damage you are doing to your body.
There is only one way to slow down, stop and reverse many of the effects of aging (whether you are 20 or 70 years old): sensible eating and consistent exercise. (Well, that’s two, but they have to happen together)
Do you want to avoid the ravages of heart disease (the number one killer of women)?
Would you like to never experience the pain of a fractured, osteoporotic bone?
Do lowering your blood pressure, strengthening your knees and reducing aches and pains sound attractive to you?
Would you like to run a marathon (even if you’re 60!)?
You’ve dreamed about it long enough.
Make this Mother’s Day the beginning of a new chapter in your life. Thousands of women just like you are doing it. And we want to help you do it.
Be strong, vibrant, fit and full of energy.
It’s time to start. We’ll get you un-stuck and feeling better than you ever have.
What is your excuse for not choosing health?
I don’t have the time to exercise: This is likely one of the most common excuses. You are busy. You have to work all day (or all night), you have to get the kids to school, you have to cook dinner, go to the grocery store, mow the lawn, change the oil in the car, care for your aging parents—there is simply no time for exercise.
Consider this. If you do not exercise, you will almost certainly begin experiencing the illness and disease that comes from an inactive lifestyle. When you begin experiencing symptoms, you will have to make an appointment with the doctor, drive to your appointment, wait to be seen, schedule additional tests at the hospital, and wait for your prescriptions to be filled at the pharmacy. And with chronic illness, this scenario will be played out month after month after month. And it takes a lot of time.
Will you find the time in your busy life to see to your medical issues?
Yes, of course you will. You will make sure that you adjust your schedule and your life to accommodate your illness. So why not adjust your schedule now to accommodate the prevention of illness through exercise? You do have the time; you just have to decide to use it.
The truth is that if you do not make the time for exercise, you will have to make time for illness. And exercise takes a lot less time out of your life than disease.
I don’t like to exercise: Again, a pretty common excuse. But it won’t let you off the hook. Lots of people do not like to exercise, but they make themselves do it anyway. Do you like feeling tired? Do you like being overweight? Do you like having to undergo medical tests? Without exercise, you will feel tired, be overweight and become sick, so it comes down to choosing your ‘dislike.’
I don’t have the energy to exercise: If you are unfit, you likely have low energy. And when you don’t have much energy, the last thing you can imagine is exercising. But until you become more active, you will not have the energy you so long for. As you begin exercising, you will start having more energy. You won’t start feeling better until you start moving.
It’s just not the right time for me to start working out. “I’ll start working out when…
I get some decent exercise clothes
Summer vacation starts
The kids go back to school
I get my house organized
Work lets up
I have more time
Life calms down
The kids get older
The weather warms up a little
The weather cools down a little
Someday…just not today
It will never be the perfect time to start a fitness routine.
You just have to start.
Surrender your excuses
Decide to stop hiding behind your excuses. Make a clean sweep and toss those excuses out. Everybody has excuses for not exercising. The fit and healthy people around you choose to give up the excuses and just do it. That doesn’t mean it is easy for them. It just means that they love feeling energetic, strong, healthy, and empowered enough to push in and get it done.
You can be that way too.