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Over the years, there have been people making up plenty of excuses to avoid exercising or following a workout program.  Some of these excuses are creative, some are ridicules, but most are in a group of common excuses used everyday to justify not having to make the effort to improve their health and well being. How many people do you know who were going to start exercising and start getting in shape and they were going to start this coming week, but that was two weeks ago and they still haven’t started yet? What excuse did they have this time? Maybe this has happened so many times, you stopped counting. Maybe this has even happened to you more times than you can remember. Well, what’s stopping you?

Here are some of the most common excuses used by people to not exercise or to delay starting their workout program, and the ways that you can get around those excuses if they have plagued you and are stopping you from partaking in a healthier lifestyle. By far and away, the most common excuse used today is; “I don’t have the time to exercise”. The old perception that you have to exercise for 1 to 2 hours a day is just nonsense. A good, solid exercise routine doesn’t have to last for more than 20 to 30 minutes a day to be very effective. If you can’t find up to 30 minutes a day to exercise, then how do you manage to find up to 2 hours or more a day to watch TV?

Another popular excuse used often is: “I can’t afford to pay for a gym membership or for home equipment”. The fact is, you can get in better shape and lose weight without ever setting foot in a gym. Walking or jogging around your neighborhood or in the local park doesn’t cost a dime and will give you all of the benefits of a cardio workout program at the gym. Doing callisthenic exercises such as crunches and pushups and so on at home also costs nothing. Home fitness equipment can also be purchased that will give you a good resistance workout for under $50.00 such as resistance tubing bands and an exercise ball.

“I don’t know how to exercise” or “I don’t know what exercises to do” is an excuse that gets used from time to time, but there are several ways to learn how to exercise right and what exercises to do. Using the services of a qualified, certified personal trainer is the best way to get you going in the fight direction. If affordability is an issue with a trainer, there are workout videos and books that you can buy to help you out. You can even find loads of exercise books at your local library that you can check out free of charge.

Another excuse that seems to be fairly common is: “I’m too old and/or out of shape to start exercising”. This excuse is

Even seniors can benefit tremendously from a well developed workout program.

Even seniors can benefit tremendously from a well developed workout program.

really only valid if your doctor has told you that you should not exercise for some medical reason. If you are very out of shape or you are a senior citizen, then you may just have to start out slowly. Even starting out with only 5 minutes a day of exercise and slowly increasing as you go is much better than doing no exercise at all.

Last but not least and by far my favorite excuse is: “I hate exercising”. This one always gives me a laugh. Most people who really think they hate exercise say so because they are stuck with the image that exercise is a series of boring, grunt and groan exercises involving heavy weights, or jogging far enough to complete the Boston marathon. The old adage of “no pain, no gain” is still embedded in the minds of many people, and who wants to have to go through pain every day to get in better shape? Exercise is really all about getting active and getting your body moving. Even playing in a softball league or hiking on a trail or bicycle riding is good exercise. Just find activities that you like to do and you will find that exercise can be fun.

Ok, so no more excuses. The time is now. Making the time to spend even 30 minutes a day to get active, get in some exercise, and get yourself more healthy and fit will by far be the best thing you can do for yourself and your family. Think of how much more you can enjoy doing the things you like to do when you are in better condition and better yet, think about how much more you can enjoy your children as they grow up and how much more they enjoy their time with you.

Take Charge!

Fitness King

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An exercise workout program is not going to be successful for anyone unless they can stay motivated and focused on their goal.  Home exercise can be even more challenging than other types of available exercise because there are not as many factors inside the home to act in an encouraging manner for a person, which might help them to stay focused.  As a result, while many people prefer working out in their own home for comfort reasons, they can find staying motivated in their home quite difficult.  Here are some tips to help individuals stay committed to their workout program and their weight-loss or muscle building goals.

Music is a great motivator.  Sports teams play music in their locker rooms, during half-time shows or other game

Staying focused on a workout program at home can be challenging. Get focused with some good music, an exercise log, and visualization techniques!

Staying focused on a workout program at home can be challenging. Get focused with some good music, an exercise log, and visualization techniques!

breaks and/or during events when specific players go up to perform in their games.  Music is just as motivating for your “average Joe” as it is for exercise enthusiasts, professional players and athletes.  Most people prefer pulse-beating music while they exercise, but the favored or preferred music of the individual will most likely be the best music to which that person can work out.  Taking your mind off the “discomfort” of working your muscles and offering some great motivation, music is a great resource for individuals who want to exercise.

Another great incentive is to chart your progress. Write it all down on paper… You are more likely to stick to it that way. Writing your routine down as well as what you are eating each day makes your choices more concrete. No one wants to admit they were “too lazy” to get up off the sofa or thata they really did eat a whole large pizza with all the works alone.

Exercising at home does not mean exercising alone.  You can always bring a buddy to your house to exercise.  Additional motivation can easily be found in an exercise partner and this is very reassuring to many people who want to stay focused, but who may not want to leave the comfort of home.

Lastly, consider visualization.  It’s easy to have a textual goal or a number in your mind.  “I would like to lose twenty-five pounds”. You might find yourself saying that over and over again in your mind, trying to convince yourself to stay focused.  But this number repetition may not be the best thing for you.  Instead, find a picture of yourself when you weighed your ideal weight.  If you do not have a picture, try to visualize the way that your body would look if you lost that weight.  Having a mental image can help you more than a simple number-filled phrase might.

Lastly, remember that you are only human. You won’t see results in a day. be patient and soon the transformation will start happening. And if you slip up on your diet one day or don’t exercise for whatever reason, don’t give up. Just pick up where you left off and don’t look back. Keep focused and keep going.

Take Charge!

Fitness King

P.S. Want to: Learn the “Easy” way to get and stay in shape? Discover the secret to quick fat loss? How to exercise less and get better results? Discover the secret to ripped abs without doing endless crunches? Then be sure to get my “Amazing Fat Burning Formula” HERE.

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As a trainer and fitness enthusiast, I’ve heard every excuse in the book when it comes to why people don’t exercise. However, the one that takes the, pardon-my-pun, “fitness cake” is lack of time for a workout program. A day doesn’t go by without one of my clients professing that they simply don’t have time for exercise. Well, I’ve seen people who want to loose weight badly enough. They will restrict their diets, exercise rigorously for an hour a day and even swear off-gasp- alcohol…and-double gasp-chocolate! So, don’t give me that bull!

People shy away from exercise because they think they’ll have to spend hours in a gym. To maintain good health all

Take a lesson from your kids on being active! Make everyday activities part of your daily workout program.

Take a lesson from your kids on being active! Make everyday activities part of your daily workout program.

you need is a healthy diet and a daily walk as your workout program that can be broken up into increments throughout the day. Still don’t believe me? I’ll show you how easy it is to fit brief walks into your day:

1.   Is Sex and the City a rerun again? It breaks my heart when that happens. Why not go for a 30-minute walk? If it’s a new episode that you simply can’t miss, jump rope, do some jumping jacks or push-ups during commercials or run on the spot.

2.  Does carting the kids to hockey or soccer practice cut into your exercise time?  Take some inspiration from Jr. and stay on your feet during the game. You’ll get kudos for being the team’s best cheer leader, and your butt won’t expand to the size of the soccer field.

3.  Are you dying to get your hands on the next best-seller? Buy it as a book-on-tape and take it walking with you. It might have you extending your stroll to finish a chapter.

4.  Instead of a sumptuous brunch with the girls, try a brisk 30-minute walk with your BFF. Catching up on     all the latest gossip can be just as delicious during a walk – plus it won’t tempt you to cheat on your healthy eating plan.

5.  Remember when people used to “run” errands? Well many of us still take that term literally.  The next time you need a quart of milk, walk or jog to the local grocer.

6.  Use your lunch break as an exercise break. I go work out and then eat lunch at my desk. A brisk walk  around the block will leave you more refueled for the afternoon than that third cup of coffee.

7.  Do you complain about how slow your apartment elevator is? Take the faster route – the stairs. You’ll burn calories and tone your legs and tush in the process.

8.  It’s always ironic that those who circle the parking lot looking for the closest spot are often the most overweight. Park farther away where there are spots o’ plenty. You’ll burn extra calories lugging your  groceries back to the car.

9.  Have you ever heard the phrase “hurry up and wait!”? Well it’s not just a humorous observation it’s a great way to stay moving.  The next time you’re waiting in a long lineup don’t take a chair, pace the floor or do a little stretching.

10. If you have no time to exercise, chances are you don’t have time to clean the house either. Housework – such as dusting, vacuuming, shoveling and raking – is multitasking because it counts as exercise.

    There are several ways to be more active as you go about your daily routine. And the good thing is, once you do become more active you will feel more energetic and perhaps even more willing to make exercise more of a priority in life. Take it one step at a time and pretty soon you will start reaping the benefits of your efforts.

    Take Charge!

    Fitness King

    P.S. Want to: Learn the “Easy” way to get and stay in shape? Discover the secret to quick fat loss? How to exercise less and get better results? Discover the secret to ripped abs without doing endless crunches? Then be sure to get my “Amazing Fat Burning Formula” HERE.

    P.P.S. If you like this post, and think it will help others, please help me help others by clicking on one of these “Share and Enjoy” links below.

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