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Fight back: Don't let excuses knock you off the exercise track

Learn how to fend off four common excuses for not exercising.

You want to exercise.

You know it’s good for both your mind and body. And you actually feel better when you do it.

So what’s getting in the way?

Maybe dozens of things. Some are pretty persuasive too. Life happens. But other times, excuses are…well, just excuses.

Here are some common thoughts that derail good exercise intentions—and tips for what to do about them.

The excuse
“I’m too tired.”

The remedy
The truth: Consistent exercise actually boosts your energy. But if you wait until you’re too pooped to pump, it might not happen at all. So schedule your workout for a time of day when you have some get-up-and-go.

The excuse
“It’s too wet/cold/hot.”

The remedy
Come up with an indoor routine you can do when the weather doesn’t cooperate. Doing calisthenics, climbing stairs, jumping rope, walking in a mall or swimming indoors are no-cost or low-cost activities.

The excuse
“I don’t have time.”

The remedy
Schedule exercise just like any other priority. Keep your walking shoes at your desk and head out for a brisk stroll during lunch or breaks. Pack your gym bag the night before. Break exercise into 10-minute chunks if you need to. Do double-duty: Walk in place while watching TV; ride a stationary bike while on the phone; park 20 minutes from work and walk to and from your car.

The excuse
“Who cares? Why bother?”

The remedy
Oh, that inner, negative voice. It zaps confidence and destroys motivation. Keep track of your miles, time, reps or steps. Give yourself credit for a job well done!

Sources: American College of Sports Medicine; American Council on Exercise; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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