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No more excuses for losing weight

Updated on March 18, 2012

There is always a reason why you cannot exercise. But there's a big difference between excuses and reasons. The most common excuses are:

  1. I'm too tired and have no time. Everyone has time, it's as simple as splitting your 40 minute workout into four ten minutes mini workouts throughout the day or if you choose to finish it in one go. If you want to be healthy and get to your desired weight, it is possible.
  2. I hate exercising it's not fun. Research has proven that people who exercise are happier and live longer than those who don't. It's best to find a team sport of hobby that will keep you inspired to continue.

  3. Gym memberships are expensive. When people think of exercise they think of the gym but there are many outdoor activities you can get involved in. It can be as simple as going for a jog or taking your dog for a walk. Another cheap option is group personal training. Get together a group of friends with similar fitness goals and each session won't cost you more than the price of coffees for the week.

  4. I'm not a morning person; I can't get out of bed. Sorry but research shows that morning exercise is best. The first week is always the hardest getting up early in the morning. But then your body adjusts and eventually gets used to what you demand of it. If you leave your exercise routine for later on in the day, many people find more excuses not to do it!

  5. Gyms are intimidating. Anything new always feels a bit unusual or intimidating but try to see it as an opportunity to meet people who share similar goals to you. Not everyone at the gym is fit and healthy.

  6. My exercise partner is not turning up and without my partner I am not motivated.It's easier to share your goals with a partner, it's important to stick to your routine. Having a friend does help but relying on someone else to try to achieve the goals you have for yourself is not helping you at all.

  7. The weather is out of control and I can't be bothered. Rain, hail or shine, you can always exercise. Try to fit in 20 minutes a day, try muscle strengthening exercises in your own home.

  8. I've already tried exercising and I didn't lose weight. It's important to be clear about your goals from the start. Are you trying to lose weight or get fit? Yes, there is a difference. If your goal is to improve health, that doesn't necessarily mean you want to lose weight. If you goal is to lose weight, then walking 20 minutes a day won't be enough. You need to add some resistance training. The best way to start is to invest in a person trainer to point you in the right direction. Because without routine, method and process, motivation will go and you will fall back to old habits. Exercise programs need to be unique to the individual and catered to their own goals.

  9. I don't like to exercise in public-I look like an idiot. The fact of the matter is not one is taking notice of you. Try to focus on your performance and increase your motivation. Exercising in public can be intimidating but the hardest thing is getting started. Once you exercise outdoors for three weeks, it will start to feel comfortable.

  10. I'm too old to exercise. You are not too old. Many over 35's have competed in World Master games and have won titles who have never competed before. It's doesn't mean that everyone should compete, but its good to know that the choice is there if you do want to. Age is no barrier.

  11. I feel unwell after I exercise. This should not be the case. If you wake up early and exercise in the morning without eating breakfast, you may feel a bit light headed. Nutrition is extremely important part of exercise. Remember to eat something before working out and drink plenty of water during and after a workout. The bottom line is their should not be no more excuses for losing weight.

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