This “No Excuses” Mom Has Started a Fitness Revolution

When it comes to getting in shape or boosting your health, sometimes it takes tough love to reach your health goals. Many times life seems too hectic to make the time for fitness goals. Health advocate, Maria Kang, is mother of three and has found the time to keep in shape despite a hectic schedule.

by Elise Oberliesen

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When it comes to getting in shape or boosting your health, sometimes it takes tough love to reach your health goals. Many times life seems too hectic to make the time for fitness goals. Health advocate, Maria Kang, is mother of three and has found the time to keep in shape despite a hectic schedule.  Back in 2012, she caused a bit of a stir on Facebook when she posted a picture of herself with her young children and asked the question: “What’s your excuse?”

Kang continues to stand by the question because she says answering it may help people understand roadblocks that stand in their way to better health.
Regardless of genetics, socioeconomic status or disability, Kang champions the idea of having honest conversations with yourself and admitting your excuses—something she says can help you get to the root of the problem. And possibly fix it.

“The first thing you need to combat is the excuses that have held you back,” says Kang.

Her approach is not without some controversy. Asking people to divulge a laundry list of excuses was just the type of question that catapulted Kang into the hot seat. That’s because the media picked up on her stern semantics and unyielding position. She was accused of fat shaming and was featured in a Nightline documentary in April 2014 for her unorthodox approach. 

While some people criticize her, it’s clear she also has a fair share of supporters. For example on Kang’s website testimonials include Katie Myers who states, “Maria Kang is inspirational, motivational, and speaks from a real, everyday place. She makes you believe that the impossible can happen,” and Chris Watkins who comments, “I went from 230 to 177 pounds after I stopped making excuses. Maria Kang’s message is not just for moms, but for dads too!” 

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Maybe the word “excuse” sounds a little coldhearted to some people. Regardless, Kang continues to use the E-word unapologetically. She even displays it on the front cover of her book, The No More Excuses Diet, where she offers “3 Months to Total Transformation.”

According to Kang, each of us has a different set of excuses, or challenges, which sometimes leads to lackluster health, weight gain, or just mediocre results. Some of the most popular health-related excuses she hears include: Lack of time or energy, getting older or injuries that make exercising difficult.

Kang’s book, suggests observing strengths and weaknesses. For instance, look at muscle imbalances and postural issues, she urges. Then try to correct them, by making small changes to form. Kang express that this can have a positive impact on the quality of your workouts. 

Bottom line—Kang says plenty of people have a hard lot in life—real reasons why it’s hard to get healthy. Yet plenty of people manage to achieve success despite unfortunate odds—they overcome the obstacles. Don’t let circumstances get in the way of achieving your health goals. Have an honest conversation with yourself. Because it’s much easier to fix something once you identify what’s broken—whether you call it an excuse or not. AF

Maria Kang—More than just the ‘No Excuses’ mom

Maria Kang wears many hats: wife, mother, author, speaker and business owner. She is a widely known as “Fit Mom” whose ‘No Excuse’ campaign to get people active, has galvanized millions of women around the world. Here are a few more tidbits about Maria Kang that you may not know:

• As a young woman, Kang herself had a weight issue. 

• Kang made it her mission to change the way she looked—to diet and exercise and help others along the way. After shedding any reminiscence of her chubby past, she actually won several national fitness and beauty contests.

• Her social media ‘No Excuse’ post has reached women worldwide with 16 million views and over 12,000 comments. Kang’s loyal No Excuse Mom Groups, have mobilized to host free workouts in their local parks growing to over 300 groups in 25 countries in just eight months.

• Kang founded Fitness Without Borders (FWB) a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. FWB is devoted to the development and fitness education of community leaders organized in a unified effort to foster healthy children. They work primarily, but not exclusively, in underprivileged neighborhoods, in order to build self-reliance, health and capacity.

• Kang and her husband also run senior care homes in Northern California. 

See some of Maria Kang’s great fitness and diet tips on her ‘No Excuse Mom’ calendar at: www.noexcusemom.com/shop/noexcusemom-calendar.
      —Kathy Stevens, MA, AFAA Director of Education
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