10 Excuse-Busting Exercise Truths

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10 Excuse-Busting Exercise Truths

Written by Melinda Hershey, Staff Writer

We all have those days where we just don't wanna go to the gym. But sometimes, all you need is a little dose of reality to get you in the right mindset to work out. Consider these thoughts the next time you feel like bailing on your exercise routine.

The First Step is the Hardest

The amount of time we spend procrastinating is often much longer than the amount of time it would take to actually do the thing we're putting off! Do yourself a favor and just do it--now, not tomorrow. You'll get a lot more done and you'll see much faster results!

Doing Nothing is the Easy Way Out

If you really want to change your body and your health, the hard truth is that you will have to work for it. Where has doing nothing ever gotten you? Going through the motions and doing the bare minimum isn't going to give you the maximum results that you deserve. Put your all into your workouts, and watch your hard work pay off!

Perfect Conditions Don't Exist

If you always waited to exercise until you were in the perfect mood or until the weather was ideal, do you think you'd ever do it? Probably not! Get out there and get your workout done before you have a chance to talk yourself out of it--you'll be glad you did!

Working Out Makes You Happy

The next time you find yourself feeling down, lace up those sneakers! An endorphin rush might be just what you need to brighten your day.

You Get What You Work For

You can wish to reach your weight-loss and fitness goals all you want, but you won't ever reach them if you don't do anything to achieve them. Get up now and put your dreams into motion!

Every Choice Dictates Your Progress

You can't expect to get good results if you keep making exercise excuses and quitting before you have a chance to reach your goals. Stop cheating yourself--make the right choices to get the results you want. When faced with multiple options, think about how each one will affect your progress. That foresight will have a major payoff in the end!

Don't Fool Yourself: You Have Time

We're all busy, but if we're honest with ourselves, we can probably find a few extra minutes every day to get some exercise. Check out these ideas for sneaking in exercise!

Every Workout Makes a Difference

Never underestimate the impact that one workout can make! One workout leads to the next workout, which leads to the next workout after that. Your weight-loss success is made up of many seemingly insignificant workouts and good food choices; every single thing you do to improve your health counts for something, no matter how small. And one little workout sure makes more of a difference than an afternoon of sitting on the couch!

Your Future Self Will Thank You

Change takes time, and it can be hard to see that change taking place on a day-to-day basis. But when you look back over a larger chunk of time to where you started, those tiny changes add up to something amazing. So don't quit! A year from now, you'll be happy you stuck with it.

You Never Regret a Workout

We've all regretted skipping a workout, but when was the last time you felt guilty about making the choice TO work out? That's right, probably never. Drop your excuses and just do it--you won't be sorry!

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TEAROSE22

12/30/2013 6:35:12 PM

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The slide show is very motivating. Hits home.

NOTAGODDESS

12/30/2013 4:00:49 PM

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I loved this slide show. Very motivating! It made me realize all the excuses I have made to not exercise. Definitely makes me want to change!

ABUELAAMOR

12/30/2013 2:46:06 PM

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Love all of them! (now tying shoes to work out!)

MASSCLYDE

12/30/2013 12:35:29 PM

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"Wow, I really regret that workout", no one, ever! So true.

BRENDAB49

12/30/2013 10:04:16 AM

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This is my first time seeing these and I can say that they are good words of inspiration to keep you going. I can attest to a good mood after a good workout.

SMALLONE2012

12/30/2013 9:19:26 AM

Excellent! I will read these over and over. Thanks

LAURA40S

12/30/2013 8:56:19 AM

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Awesome! Love the "you are one workout away from a good mood". It's been such a rough year, I needed reminded of the OTHER benefits of a workout.

GREGPUTNAM

9/23/2013 4:02:55 PM

The quote "you don't get what you want, you get what you work for" is a good one to remember. Also applies to investing fitness as well as physical fitness.

SDWILLIAMS82

9/5/2013 2:31:35 PM

I'm going to look at these every day!

NURSEMATE49

8/14/2013 3:32:21 PM

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I really needed this. Great inspirational words. I need to post this for my successful journey.

CURRAHEE68

8/14/2013 7:15:38 AM

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Thanks, I needed that.

COUPONANGELTERI

8/13/2013 11:13:07 PM

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wish i had seen these earlier in the day. (11 p.m. now) flagging this for my next day of excuses.

JANCARD

8/13/2013 9:51:19 PM

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Perfect timing !! I read this earlier today. Didn't feel like doing my entire workout tonight but I kept remembering the line about the dog eating the homework. Workout complete!!

BOSCOBABE

8/13/2013 7:19:05 PM

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Okay, I'm convinced - going out walking now.

STARTINGOVER37

8/13/2013 5:36:33 PM

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I need to print all of these and tape them around my house and office!

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