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Overcoming Exercise Excuses


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Youíve told yourself dozens of times that tomorrow you are going to start exercising. Yet, tomorrow has come and gone, and you still havenít starting moving. So, whatís holding you back? What excuse seems fitting today?

Itís time to face your excuses head-on so that you can overcome them and choose to live a healthier lifestyle. Here are some of the most common excuses for skipping exercise along with ways to combat them.

I Donít Have Time: This if by far one of the most common excuses used. But, it still doesnít hold water. People that use this excuse are actually saying that exercise is not enough of a priority to make it on their weekly to-do list. If you fall into this category, then itís time to review your daily priority list. Certainly there is something less important that you are doing for 20 minutes every day that can be replaced with exercise. After all, exercise is one of the most important things you can do for yourself and your family to ensure that you live a long, full, disease-free life.

Iíve Tried And Failed In The Past: Itís true that it can be difficult to get motivated to try something after youíve failed before, but isnít your health worth another try? If youíve been unsuccessful at exercising in the past, then re-evaluate what went wrong. Did you try to do too much, too quickly? Itís very common for new exercisers to be overzealous when starting their workouts and end up either burning out or getting injured early on. Did you set unrealistic goals for yourself? Try to stick with small goals that are truly achievable. For example, that you will workout three times per week for the next month.

I Canít Afford A Gym Membership: You donít have to spend a single minute in a gym in order to lose weight or get fitter. Just walking outside is a great place to start. Also, home fitness equipment has become very affordable and accessible. For as little as $30 you can buy some great home equipment that will really challenge your body. A resistance band and an exercise ball allow you to work every muscle group and even get a cardiovascular workout.

Iím Too Fat (or out-of-shape): Unless your physician has forbidden exercise, then itís very unlikely that this excuse has any validity. If you are extremely out-of-shape, then you simply need to start with baby steps. Walking is always a great place to start. You may have to start with just five minutes. Thatís okay. You can gradually add more time each week. If walking is not an option, then you could try some pool exercises. At the very least, you can start by getting active while sitting. There are many beneficial strength training exercises you can do while sitting.

I Donít Have Any Exercise Equipment: Nice try, but it doesnít require special equipment to get your heart pumping. Donít underestimate what you can do with things that are already in your house. For example, if you have a flight of stairs in your house then youíve got an awesome way to get your heart rate up through walking or running the stairs. Grab soup cans or milk jugs filled with sand to immolate dumbbells for strength training exercises. Try push-ups and tricep dips and youíll quickly realize how hard your body has to work when just using itís own weight.

I Donít Know What Exercises To Do: There are literally dozens of ways to learn what exercises will help you. A great way to ensure your workouts are most effective is to hire a personal trainer or an online personal trainer. They can guide you every step of the way so that you donít waste any time doing exercises the wrong way. Also, there are books, online websites, television shows and videos that offer loads of advice and tips.

Iím Too Old To Get Started: It may sound clichť, but you are never too old to get started. Everyone can benefit from exercising. Even if you are a senior citizen you can reap many rewards from starting an exercise program. Okay, so maybe you wonít be a marathon runner or a bodybuilder, but youíll be able to walk the stairs easier, play with your grandchildren, improve your balance, improve your strength and more.

I Just Canít Get Motivated: Donít view exercise as a lifetime evil. Set small, short-term goals to help you get started. Start with a promise to just take the stairs instead of the elevator, for example. Then you might move onto scheduling 10 minutes of activity a couple of times per week.  Also, make a list of all the positive benefits exercising has on your life. Your list might include giving you more energy, reducing your health ailments and more. The list should be pretty long. Post it somewhere that you will see it regularly and it can serve as a reminder to you as to why you need to workout.

I Hate Exercising: You probably think you hate it because youíve been stuck doing activities that you donít enjoy. Many people still have the old ďno pain, no gainĒ mentality and think that in order for exercise to be worthwhile you have to be miserable doing it. This just isnít true. Consider things that you really like to do. Do you prefer competitive situations? Then consider joining a recreational sports team. Do you enjoy spending time alone? Maybe Yoga or evening walks are for you?

Iím Too Tired: This excuse can create a vicious circle because the more sedentary you are then the more tired you become. Of course, the more tired you are then the less appealing exercise sounds. So, try to nip this in the bud quickly. Exercise can actually make you feel more revived then a nap. Regular physical activity increases your energy level. Plus, exercisers tend to sleep fall asleep faster and sleep better, which allows you to truly feel rested every day. 

When you find yourself making an excuse not to exercise, read through some of the above tips again. And, remind yourself of all the many benefits of working out: lower body fat, decreased risk of many diseases, reduced instances of depression, improved bone density, reduced risk of injuries and many more.


Lynn Bode, author and certified personal trainer, offers her services online through WorkoutsForYou.com. Workouts For You provides affordable online exercise programs to help even the busiest of people lose weight, tone-up, build muscles, increase stamina and more via the Internet. Let us guide you one-on-one through your fitness journey. Visit: http://www.workoutsforyou.com for a free sample workout.

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