Over the past few weeks I have gone over the three primary foundations of the Performance Triad: sleep, activity and nutrition. Now I want to address something that can keep anyone from thriving under this system, excuses.

Excuse #1: Iím too busy

This is the one that I hear most often when I try to find a gym partner. For my schedule, I have made the decision to do my workouts in the morning, before physical readiness training. I have found that the key to combating the challenge of time is to keep track of it. I have a calendar that has each day broken down hourly. I found that sitting down for 20 minutes before bed and mapping out the priority tasks for the next day helped to free up time. After looking at my schedule each day, I decided that going to the gym before PRT was the best way to go.

Excuse #2:† It is too

expensive?

There is a health craze that is sweeping the nation. I am constantly hearing about supplements, special diet orders, gym memberships, workout DVDs and the list just keeps growing. The funny thing about this craze is that you do not need any of it. You do not need a membership to exercise; you need shoes, a road and motivation. You do not need thermogenics; you need to use natural metabolism boosting foods and beverages such as kiwi, coconut water and grapefruit. You do not need a personal trainer; you need to take time to research how your body works; knowledge is the best weapon.

Excuse #3: I canít find a babysitter.

This was the hardest excuse for me to overcome personally. I have three children, ages eight, three and two. After doing some research, I found this was the worst excuse and a mental block that parents should avoid at all costs.

I have started to notice that my children were playing less and acquiring lethargic tendencies. This excuse not only affects me, but it affects my children. To overcome this, we started spending more time outside. Going to the park and playing tag was a good way to incorporate running, sprinting and flexibility for me and my Family as a whole.

After looking at several amazing feats of strength, passion and endurance, I do not think there is a valid excuse for staying unhealthy. You can do sit-ups in the living room, you can walk down the street and you can look at a burger and say no. You can do anything if you can take out the apostrophe ďtĒ off the end of canít.