Salvere Blog: Can’t Won’t and Dont

by Salvere Health and Fitness

These three little words – Little but powerful in their own way. Sometimes, we get so focused on what we can’t, won’t or don’t do we lose sight of what we can, will and do! Since our blog focuses on fitness and nutrition, lets see how they might be used with regard to exercise and eating.

clear your mind of cantDon’t: “I don’t like to exercise.” “I don’t run.” “I don’t like vegetables.”
Won’t: “I won’t go to a gym.” “I won’t eat breakfast before work.”
Can’t: “I can’t do squats.” “I can’t give up dairy.” “I can’t cook.”

So, now look at how they might be impact taking action. Using these words, it gives great focus on how or what someone is NOT doing. What if we rephrased these —

For instance:

I don’t like vegetables. Think about this — this statement would mean this person does not like ALL vegetables. Now, I imagine we could find one or two vegetables that they eat. Then the statement becomes “I like broccoli and carrots and can include them a few more times a week.”

I won’t go to the gym. Look at the many options for exercise, outside the traditional gym setting. Hiking, walking, dancing, playing games and spending time with friends. We’ve gotten into the mindset that the gym is one of few options! Again, start to think about things you do enjoy and will do on a more regular basis. The most important thing, keep on moving!

I can’t do squats. So, before making this claim, how then would this person get up out of a chair or go to the bathroom??? Then the question becomes why are we making this statement. Does it hurt? Have we worked on using proper form? Was there an injury? Now we work within all the necessary parameters and strengthen/lengthen muscles properly and do other exercises to learn how to squat. The statement then comes “I can strengthen my leg muscles in order to make getting up and down throughout the day more comfortable.”

Using these as a few examples (and yes, there certainly are times where you must use these words!), think about how you say and think about certain topics. Can you say them differently to feel more positive and action oriented??

by Lisa Martin, personal trainer and owner of Salvere Health and Fitness. If you’d like to contact Lisa, email her at or call her at (410) 707-0055.

We welcome your thoughts and ideas! Thank you for reading and taking the steps to become a healthier YOU.

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