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Overcome Exercise Excuses

How to keep the momentum going when it comes to working out

Overcome Exercise Excuses
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“I’m too busy to work out”
Angela Marshall, a life and weight-loss coach, says this excuse is easy to overcome. You just have to examine it from a new perspective. “If someone offered you $100,000 to commit to exercise, would you do it?” she asks. “If you said yes, then you can fit it in – you’ve just chosen not to.” It’s also worth noting that you don’t have to complete hour-long workout sessions each day to reap healthy benefits. Ten-minute bursts of walking, stair climbing or squats performed several times a week can help you sleep more soundly and feel better.

“I can’t afford a gym or personal trainer”
“There are free and low-cost options,” says fitness trainer Lisa Workman. Borrow workout DVDs from your local library, watch videos on YouTube, or take up walking or running for fitness – all you really need for those is a pair of shoes. And if your heart is set on a personal trainer, pool your finances with friends and hire one as a group.

“I try exercising, but my weight won’t budge”
Losing weight should not be your exercise goal. In most cases, relying on exercise to shed kilos is a losing battle unless you are also committed to a healthy restricted-kilojoule diet. Instead, concentrate on the benefits that exercise delivers, such as improved blood pressure, increased stamina and a lower risk of diabetes. You’ll have a toned body, and the more muscle mass you have, the faster you’ll burn kilojoules – and those endorphins will make you feel great.

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