6 Excuses About Exercising You Need To Stop Using

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Just about everyone makes excuses to skip a workout now and then, but if you find yourself making excuses every time you’re supposed to hit the gym, you might need to take a closer look at the reasons behind your procrastination. If you want to get serious about buckling down and sticking to your exercise routine, it may be time to take a hard look at the most common excuses, and what you can do to overcome the urge to skip your workouts.

6. You Don’t Have Time

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This is the oldest excuse in the book, and has been proven wrong time and time again. People make time for things that take priority, so when you say you don’t have time for exercise, what you’re really saying is that everything else you have going on in your life is a higher priority than getting in a workout. That’s fine if what you’re doing is saving starving children or fighting for world peace, but if the latest episode of Law & Order is taking priority over exercise, that’s a problem. Take some time to reevaluate your daily schedule, and find a way to prioritize your workout every day. Even if you only work out for 10 minutes, at least you’ve made exercise a priority in your life.

5. Exercise Is Boring

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If you go to the gym everyday, step up on the treadmill and spend the next hour trying to keep up with the belt, then of course exercise is going to be boring. Your job is to make exercise fun, or at least challenging enough to be engaging. Try switching up your workout routines to keep things new and interesting, and don’t be afraid to give other types of exercise a try. Join a dance class or sign up for martial arts. Adding variety into your workouts can help keep you engaged in your fitness routine, and you may even find yourself looking forward to your workouts!

4. You’re Too Self-Conscious

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This is a big problem for a lot of people. If you’re overweight, out of shape or both, the idea of going to a gym full of fit, toned people who clearly live to exercise can be intimidating. What you need to know, however, is that, for the most part, no one in the gym is even paying attention to you. Just like you, they’ve joined a gym to get in a good workout, not to sit in a corner and judge you. If anything, you’re more likely to find people at the gym who are supportive and happy to help keep you motivated. Besides, if you actually step foot inside the gym, you’ll notice there are a lot of different fitness levels and body types there. No one is judging you, so stop using self-consciousness to avoid your workouts!

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