Did you know that today is known as “Super Sick Day”

“The best excuse is to have none.”

Just in case you didn’t know, the Monday after the Superbowl is known as “Super Sick Monday.” It’s estimated that over 14 million Americans will call off work today. But before one can do that they have to have a reason as to why they must call off work. Having a good excuse is key to a getting the Monday off.

One of the skills I’ve been able to develop as a personal trainer and gym owner over the last 7+ years of owning a business is being able to filter through the excuses and get down to the actual truth. As excuses become more creative and somewhat understandable, I still categorize them as excuses. The majority of my job is spent helping people work through their excuses without offending them.

The most common excuses I hear are: 

  • “I don’t have time to exercise.”
  • “Healthy food is expensive.”
  • “I can’t afford your gym.”
  • “Your class times don’t work for me.”

The list goes on and on. But here’s how I know its an excuse…for every one of these reasons someone isn’t getting results, someone else in the same situation is overcoming the urge to make it an excuse. The executive working 60 hour weeks still makes time to workout. Another one of my members makes it a priority to spend more money on healthy food and less money eating out. For someone who says they can’t afford working out my gym, there is another individual who trains at my facility and works at the local grocery store making $10/hr.

Instead of making excuses for Super Sick Monday people should just tell their employers they couldn’t come to work because they ate too much, drank too much, and stayed up late. Although they may get fired at least they still have their dignity.


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