You’ve made your resolution, and you’re going to stick to it this time. You’re going to work out regularly. Exercise is so important to keep our bodies and minds fit and in shape. But it’s also something a lot of people blow off. Even when you have the best of intentions, you might let some kind of excuse get in your way. These are the worst excuses to avoid working out – if you’re guilty of any of them, stop whining and get to work!

“I’m Too Tired.”

Most people with busy schedules are tired by the end of the day, but it’s no excuse to avoid working out. Are you that tired all day long? Probably not. This excuse can be combated by simply planning to work out at a different time. If you’re tired at the end of the day, make time to work out in the morning when you have more energy. And when you think you’re too tired – push yourself. Working out can actually give you a boost of energy.

“I Don’t Have Any Time.”

Everyone has time to work out. If you want to make room in your schedule for working out, you can. You might have to get up a little earlier, go to bed a little later, have someone else pick up the kids from school, or spend less time reading your favorite book. There is always a way for you to fit working out into your daily routine; you just have to be motivated enough to do it.

“It’s Not Working Anyway.”

If you’re not seeing results from working out, it can definitely be discouraging. But your body takes time to improve from exercising. It won’t happen from just one intense work out. If you skip your work outs so often, of course it’s not working! Stick to your workout plan, and perhaps come up with a new way to decide if it’s “working” or not. Take your measurements, for example, instead of stepping on the scale. We usually see a decrease in inches before a decrease in weight.

“My Joints Hurt.”

If exercising is painful for you, it could be a sign of greater body issues. You might want to consult your doctor to find out the cause and solution for your chronic pain. But there are many instances when pain from working out is just a poor excuse. If what you’re doing hurts, try a different form of exercise. Maybe you need to invest in a better pair of sneakers. There are ways to decrease the pain of working out. If the pain really isn’t that bad, pop a pain reliever.

“It’s Boring.”

This is one of the most common reasons that people quit working out. We don’t want to spend our time doing something that bores us. Exercising does not have to be boring, and in fact it shouldn’t be. It’s up to you to find a way to make it more exciting. Start working out with a partner, for example, or try a fun sport like hiking, rock climbing, or basketball. What’s so boring about that?

Gareth Smith is a fitness exper and soccer coach who enjoys writing when he can. He often covers health-based topics and gives advice to others about getting proper nutrition and weight loss hints.

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