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Excuse No. 1
Excuse: No time
Solution: Break workouts into smaller sessions
You can't create time. But you can prioritize, and making that workout a priority, and scheduling it like any other important appointment is key. Often times it's not that you don't have time, it's that you don't find that working out is important enough to make time for. Start using time you'd spend on other things as workout time. Walk to run errands, exercise when you're watching TV. You have to eat, right? Walk around the block during your lunch break. Incorporating mini workouts into your day may be the only way you can get active - it still counts!
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Busted! 7 Over-Used Excuses for Skipping Your Workout

We all know there are so many good reasons to work out. It helps your heart and bones stay strong, keeps you more flexible, increases endurance, helps maintain weight, and gives you more energy - not to mention bragging rights when you can beat someone in an arm wrestling match. Unfortunately, the list of excuses to skip workouts is almost as long. We're too tired, too busy, too stressed, too broke. It's too hot or too cold. It's like we're the Goldilocks of the workout world, looking for workout conditions that are just right. But with hectic schedules, it's rare that that perfect moment comes. There's always a road block making it tough, but that doesn't mean we can't overcome workout obstacles. Even the most motivated can fall victim to workout excuses. But with enough practice, you get better at getting motivated. I've had a lot of practice with small setbacks. My gym provides up to two hours of daycare for my kids each day. Sounds too good to be true, right? It is. Especially when you have a toddler with separation anxiety. The staff gives it a valiant effort for 10 minutes, but if that doesn't work, I'm hopping off the treadmill to pick up my crying baby. After months of this, it would have been easy to get frustrated and just stay home. Instead, I realized that 10 minutes on the treadmill is still 10 minutes of a workout. And as soon as my son was all smiles again, we'd hit the gymnasium to run around and bounce balls. Discouraging as it was, I didn't let it stop me from getting active, even if just for a few minutes. I had to adopt a "no excuses" attitude or I'd never get to work out! And guess what? You can do it, too! - By Erin Whitehead



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