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4/24/2012

So, you've decided to add exercise to your new "get healthy" routine. The only problem is, faster than you can say "spandex," you've come up with countless reasons to put off working out. Read on to learn some counter-arguments to some of the most common exercise excuses.

Excuse #1: I don't have time.

This is perhaps the most common and unimaginative excuse in the book. No one really has time, they make time, and one of the great benefits of exercising is that it gives you more energy.

Plan of Attack:

First, determine how to make working out part of your daily routine. Even if you only manage three 10-minute walks a day, you've already succeeded in completing a 30-minute workout. Try taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Be creative, and if you're really at a loss, try reading our tips on Time Management.

Excuse #2: Exercise is boring.

Working out doesn't have to mean spending hours with dumbbells. Exercise programs are as diverse as the people who do them-all it takes is exerting some type of physical activity.

Plan of Attack:

If you like to exercise with others, try classes, like kickboxing or spinning. If you don't want to work up a sweat, try a toning or strength-training program like Pilates or Tai Chi. Or, just go for a brisk walk. Experts agree you should alter your exercise program often so that your body doesn't get used to the routine. So if you're bored with your program, it's probably time to mix it up.

Excuse #3: I don't know how to get started.

There are loads of options for people who are looking for a way to get their exercise programs in gear.

Plan of Attack:

If you want to develop a relationship with someone who will monitor your progress (and keep you motivated), consider hiring a personal trainer. Many full-service gyms have them on staff, or you can even turn to the Internet for an online trainer. If you prefer to go it alone, you can use some of the many instructional books, videos and magazines that specialize in fitness.

Excuse #4: I can't work out long enough to make a difference.

You may think that having only 20 minutes or less is not enough time to make exercise worth it. Not true! Some exercise is better than none at all. Also, you may find that once you get started, you'll want to keep going.

Plan of Attack:

If you can devote at least 10 minutes to an activity, that's probably enough time to make it worth your effort.

Excuse #5: Even when I work out, I don't lose weight.

Unfortunately it takes more than just exercise to shed pounds. Your diet also has to change. The fact is you need to exercise just to prevent weight gain.

Plan of Attack:

Start making changes to your diet by eating healthy. Put down the Twinkie and pick up an apple instead. Think foods that will give you sustained energy instead of quick sugar fixes. And don't forget to drink plenty of water. Sometimes the best way to avoid having a second helping of pecan pie is simply by chugging a glass of H2O.

Remember that exercise is not a means to an end-it's a way of life. Exercise has been shown to improve muscular strength, body composition, flexibility and cardiorespiratory endurance. To stay healthy, you need to exercise, so stop making excuses and get to it!

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