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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SGCSVCEEC

12/3/2012 9:48:03 AM

those were good

DINAOREILLY

11/29/2012 12:34:34 PM

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I agree....I need to PRINT THEM OUT and post them everywhere.....these are really great...

SHANNONY84

11/26/2012 9:54:47 AM

I needed some of these quotes today!

PHATDIVABBW

11/26/2012 8:45:21 AM

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I needed that thanks.

SMITCH4206

11/15/2012 7:17:27 AM

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Created my first Sparkpeople favorite. "I don't have time is the grown up version of the dog ate my homework." I'm bringing that one to work and laminating it.

TOUDLES

11/11/2012 8:49:06 PM

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I should have this slide show running on the wall next to my tread mill.

PINKIE78

11/8/2012 2:36:38 PM

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I need to read these every day. I especially like "Stop cheating yourself - make the right choices to get the results you want." Reminds me if I'm going to sit in the driver's seat I should really do something useful with the car!

PEEKABOO331

11/4/2012 7:48:14 AM

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I need to print these out!!!

KAW111763

11/1/2012 4:25:43 AM

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Love it! Especially the "you don't get what you want...you get what you work for".

LADYCJM

10/30/2012 8:21:02 PM

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You can print a slide by right clicking on the slide you want and save it as a picture. Then open picture file to print.

WILMA102

10/27/2012 1:58:11 PM

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the motivational quotes will help

MOM8589

10/26/2012 12:44:23 PM

Love these............................ oh so true!!!

AMANDADRU

10/26/2012 11:13:25 AM

My favorite is # 9...It is so true "A year from now you will wish you had started today"
Sometimes I let things get in the way or just being a "woman/mom" and overthink everything and before you know a year went by and you stop and think..."if only....."

I am very motivated to not let another year slip by and this was a great encouragement...

DRAGONFLYGALS

10/24/2012 10:55:39 PM

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I liked the dog ate my homework

NGREGOR

10/24/2012 9:21:02 PM

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Several are good motivators, especialy A year from now you'll wish you started today. Perhaps it should also read, A year from ow you'll be glad you started today.

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