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Beating Exercise Excuses

You know by now that exercise is essential for good health, disease prevention, and for a slim waistline. In fact, there are so many benefits that it doesn’t make any sense not to exercise!

Yet (admit it) you may still have a list of excuses that you use to avoid it.

Here are some of the most common excuses (I know I have used them), and tactics to overcome them:

Excuse #1: I don’t have time.

This is probably the most common excuse for not getting exercise, but not really true. We make time to eat, to pay our bills, to run errands, and to watch our favorite shows. Exercise should become a habit, just like all of the others things you do for yourself. Those who exercise regularly simply make it a priority.

If you can’t get to a gym, exercise while you are watching your favorite 30-minute sitcom. Take part of your lunch break from work and go for a walk. Or, go for a bike ride before dinner. Remember, every little bit counts!

Excuse #2: I don’t know how to start.

You may be intimated by going to the gym, or taking classes (lot’s of us are). It can feel overwhelming if you have never exercised and aren’t sure where to begin, but this is no reason not to start. Anything that gets you moving is a great start. I am personally a huge fan of walking…it can be done almost anytime and anywhere. You can exercise in the comfort of your home, at the gym, in a rec center, or in the great outdoors. Consider activities that you enjoy and use these as inspiration to get moving.

Excuse #3: I’m too tired.

One of the great things about exercising is that it actually boosts your energy. We all have busy lives, but committing to fitness improves health, prevents disease, boosts mood, and even improves sleep (which will make you less tired!). If you are too tired at the end of the day, try working out first thing in the morning. Or simply find a time that works and promise yourself (no matter how tired you are) that you will work out for at least 10 minutes. More often than not, you will feel better once you get going and will decide to go for a bit longer. If not, you will have at least gotten in 10 minutes rather than none.

Don’t forget, exercise is one of the greatest investments that you can make in yourself!

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