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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KNEWMETODAY

10/21/2012 9:15:58 PM

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I may have used a few excuses...too frequently.

HOCKEY47

10/21/2012 8:05:35 PM

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anyway i can print a quote to put on the fridge?

M2KJCK

10/21/2012 9:17:39 AM

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thank you it helps to be moviated. makes me want to try harder

ROLANDII

10/20/2012 8:54:43 AM

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Nice slide!

OZIETWIN

10/19/2012 1:58:49 PM

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I love the motivational quotes from Sparkpeople - I always have one on my fridge and bulletin board at work - they keep me focused!

ITSONLYAMY

10/19/2012 1:28:57 PM

Sometimes a motivational quote is all I need to get out my door and go for a run. I'd love to see a spot this page for motivational quotes. I usually look to pinterest.

FIJIDEE

10/18/2012 6:25:13 PM

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I don't have any gyms here but I do try to make sure I get into the pool at least once a day. Even if I only swim for 15 minutes a day, its something! I thing back to Finding Nemo, "Just Keep Swimming!"

JCGETTINGFIT

10/18/2012 5:37:08 PM

Those were great! Almost a year in to my personal revolution, started in January, lost 49 lbs as of Monday and a few more to go and I so wish I had started at least a year ago. I could kick myself for waiting to hear I was diabetic to make a change but I am grateful for the diagnosis because it made me do what I should have been doing many years ago.

SHAIRRYD

10/18/2012 1:46:58 PM

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Great motivational verses indeed! - Now add a positive affirmation : I am Healthy, Whole and Vitally Alive - repeat often through the day - It really helps to re-adjust your thinking. Have a Awesome Day Everyone!

WATCHINW8

10/17/2012 11:25:58 PM

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Went for a walk with my dog....15 min easy..

DRUM-MAJOR

10/17/2012 5:25:52 PM

Wow ! So many of the quotes were applicable to me! Really makes me think twice about what I am doing! Good motivational verses! Thankns!

PUGGEDFORLIFE

10/17/2012 3:44:17 PM

All excellent quotes and very timely for me. I'm struggling to get going. No more excuses.

SWEETPEA08803

10/17/2012 2:24:03 PM

I need to just do it. I love that one. I started my workout yesterday and it was fun. I work out to a hip hop DVD. It brings your heart rate up and makes you sweat. It is great. Stop being lazy and just do it!

BLOORP

10/17/2012 2:12:37 PM

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The I don't have time thing is the best!

SSTEPTOES

10/17/2012 1:14:39 PM

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Wow, I really regret that workout. -No one, ever.

Thanks for slapping the taste out of my mouth.

I gotta go take a walk!

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