Overcoming the FEAR of Exercise
Once you start exercising and begin seeing results, you’ll know you can accomplish what you may have thought was impossible.
For many people, not just drivers, starting to exercise is a frightening prospect. If you are already overweight or obese, chances are you’ve avoided regular exercise, and let’s face it; you probably lack confidence and feel embarrassed or ashamed. You may associate exercise with feeling discomfort, pain, sweat, toil, and humiliation. For some, these thoughts range all the way back to childhood! The last thing you want to do is expose yourself by exercising outside of your truck and—heaven forbid—letting someone see you! So it becomes easy to “hide away” in the truck and reinforce a pattern of avoidance and denial. Unfortunately, this unhealthy fear of exercise only contributes to additional weight gain and related health problems.
If you’ve had thoughts like that, you’re not alone. This common mental block is one of the biggest obstacles stopping drivers from taking action and starting to exercise. So it’s important to address these innermost feelings first, in order to make the commitment to improving your body.
If you are worried about being seen by other drivers or what other people may think, please consider this. Most of the time, drivers are speculating that someone is watching and perhaps making fun of them. So what? Why are other people so important that what they think would stop you from taking care of yourself? Do you know their names? Will you ever see them again? Should you even care what they think? Don’t let someone else’s narrow-minded opinion have that kind of power over your life! Focus on you.
You Can Inspire Others
More important, though, is this. As long as you are speculating that someone is mocking you, you could speculate the opposite. For every inconsiderate person that is watching, another person is admiring your courage and is being inspired by you. When other drivers see you exercising, it shames them. They think to themselves, “Man, I know I need to be exercising, too!” Ever watch the TV show, The Biggest Loser? Millions of people love that show, because they’re inspired by seeing others overcome adversity, triumph over obesity, and transform themselves. You don’t have to be on TV to do that. You can “be a light unto this world” and inspire someone each and every day by your example. It’s your choice—focus on the negative and the haters that may be watching, or focus on taking care of yourself and being an inspiration to others. It’s your choice!
Once you make that choice, however, getting started can be very challenging. The biggest factor: convenience. If it isn’t easy, you won’t take action. If you don’t know what to do, if you have to do a lot of preparation, if a plan is too complicated, if you have to learn a lot of new exercises or obtain equipment, you just won’t do it. Especially if it is going to take too much time.
Start with 4 Minute Fit
Fortunately, there is a solution. During four years of driving, I tested and worked out the most convenient and most effective way for drivers to boost their metabolism, burn fat while they are driving, and lose weight and belly fat fast. It’s called “4 Minute Fit.” My groundbreaking research shows that drivers can lose an average of 7% of their body weight in just 13 weeks by moving with maximum intensity for just four minutes every day! It doesn’t matter what movements you do—marching or running in place, squats, hops, jumping jacks, shadow boxing, knee crushers, mountain climbers, push-ups, etc.—so long as you move with as much intensity as you can. Every driver is at a different fitness level with different physical capabilities, but every driver can move.
The key to burning fat is placing a maximum demand on the need for energy. This is why you have to go all out. Working with hundreds of drivers, I have seen that you don’t need to exercise for 30, 40 or 60 minutes to achieve results. You can start with only four minutes a day and progress from there. As drivers, sometimes that’s about all you have time for, anyway. You don’t need to change clothes, you don’t need any equipment, and you can do it right on the side of your truck, or inside your cab, or in the shower room. Basically, you can do this anywhere you have enough space to stand. You will know that you are doing it right if, after four minutes, you are breathing so hard that you have trouble finishing a sentence!
Active Trucker Phase I
To make it even easier to get started, I developed the Active Trucker Phase I exercise program that you can download to your smart phone. It is the same four-week exercise program that I use with my clients. Each day for four weeks, you will receive a 15-minute workout that shows you what to do, how to do it, and coaches you through the workout in real time. All you do is push “play” and follow along. Within those 15 minutes, you will gradually increase the intensity of your activity, so that you will be burning fat at an accelerated rate. This is the only exercise program designed by a driver specifically for drivers.
Driving is a special brotherhood and sisterhood, and currently 69% of drivers are packing enough extra pounds to be classified as obese (35 or more pounds overweight). Remember, we are all in this together. When drivers get out of their trucks and exercise, not only does it help the individual, it helps the next person, too. Ultimately, if you want to transform your life and those of others from the unhealthiest occupation to a healthy occupation, all of us need to participate in a movement where it is perfectly normal for drivers of all shapes and sizes to be seen out of their trucks exercising.
To download the Active Trucker Phase I exercise program, go to: https://www.skimble.com/programs/96-active-trucker-phase-1.