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Get Over Workout Excuses

You know that exercise is good for you—it gives you energy, boosts your immune system, and keeps you healthy and strong. But you may have a million excuses for not lacing up a pair of sneakers and fitting in fitness, especially as those New Year's resolutions seem to be fading into the distance. We're here to help! Keep reading for ways to get over the most common workout excuses.

Which one(s) of these have you used?

“I don’t have enough time to exercise!”
Yes, you do. We’re all overbooked these days, and treat it like a badge of honor when we can hardly find the time to sleep. However, you have to make time for the things that are important to you, and looking and feeling good about yourself should be priority number one.

“I’ll start tomorrow.”
How many times have you said this one? This works until tomorrow comes, and you put it off another day. Waiting until tomorrow is like making a New Year’s resolution—you join that health club on January 1 with every intention of working out five days a week, every week . . . but then there you are, three months later, and your membership card is collecting dust.

If you’re serious about getting fit, then start today. Put on those sneakers and go to the gym, or head to the park for a nice walk. Or just stand up and do a few squats or lie down on the floor for a series of sit-ups. Every little bit of exercise counts!

“Exercise hurts!”
Starting a new fitness routine will probably have you feeling sore at first. Or a lot sore, if you jump right into an advanced aerobic class before your body is ready to handle it. That’s okay—those aches and pains are just your muscles repairing themselves and getting used to moving and being challenged in different ways.

Working out doesn’t have to be hard. You don’t have to go to they gym every day to get and stay in shape.  And you definitely don’t have to look like a supermodel or athlete to be motivated to exercise.  Take small steps towards getting in shape so you won’t feel overwhelmed and it will be easier to make exercise part of your regular routine.

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