Denise Sanger

Denise Sanger

I want to take better care of myself, but…love to take a fitness class if only I could...planned to go to the gym today, but...

A few years back, I talked about a condition called excusitis. I was reading a book I carried with me while traveling and thought to myself, "I know people with this disease!" And it doesn't only affect our health, it afflicts many different aspects of life including career, marriage, school and others.

EXCUSITIS: Derived from the word “Excuse." It is tendency/disease/regular behavior of making excuses for every poor performance. In simpler words,  giving excuses for everything and trying to back their faults.

If you are the king or queen of making excuses, it's up to you to do something about it. After all we can only change what WE do, not what other people do. Next time you feel an if or but coming out of your mouth, STOP and remember these tips:

• Don't talk about what ails you. Why? Because the more you talk about it, the worse you seem to feel. Talking about what ails you not only harms you because your body hears everything your mind “says." It also bores your family and friends. Don't get me wrong. If you are ill, you need to see the doctor and you should make that appointment right away and follow the treatment until you are well. However, if you are complaining about your bad health as an excuse not to eat right or exercise, it's time to stop. Health is 80% nutrition and 20% exercise. Pencil eating clean and exercise into your daily schedule. If you haven't been exercising recently, start with a walk and build from there.

• Second is if you have made an appointment to see your doctor and he/she tells you that there are things you should do to improve your health, but that overall you're okay, stop worrying. Worrying and stress are very harmful to our overall health and well-being. My friend Coach Becky always says stressed is desserts spelled backward and a sure fire way to not only go off track but feel pretty crappy too.

• Be grateful for the health you do have. Have you heard the saying that "I felt sorry for myself because I had ragged shoes until I met a man who had no feet.” When you find yourself complaining that you are not feeling well, remember to think about the positive things about your health. For example, your feet might hurt but you can walk. You can go to church. You can do the grocery shopping. You can pick the kids up from school. Being thankful and focusing on what is right in your life is very powerful. Even better? At the end of the day after you climb in bed, take a moment and think of three things you are grateful for. 

Finally, this was my favorite part of the whole chapter. "It's better to wear out than rust out.” Life has been given to you to enjoy and live to the fullest. Don't waste it.

Next time you find yourself coming up with an excuse that stops you from doing something you want to do — take a moment, regroup and remember how grateful you are that you are ABLE to get up and walk out your front door. Many others are not as lucky as you are.

To your health,


Denise Sanger is an over 50 health/lifestyle blogger and speaker. Known for motivation, inspiration & loving the BEACH. Certified fitness instructor, Silver Sneakers Instructor, Zumba, STRONG by Zumba instructor, gentle flow yoga, teaches morning classes at Country Strong Gym. Denise may be reached at, 386-292-6105 or

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