Get in Shape for summer

No time for excuses

So, you've decided to add exercise to your new "get healthy" routine. The only problem is, faster than you can say "spandex," you've come up with countless reasons to put off working out.

Read on to learn some counter-arguments to some of the most common exercise excuses.

Excuse #1: I don't have time.

Make working out part of your daily routine. Even if you only manage three 10-minute walks a day, you've already succeeded in completing a 30-minute workout. Try taking the stairs instead of the elevator.

Excuse #2: Exercise is boring.

If you like to exercise with others, try classes, like pump, kick boxing or spinning. If you don't want to work up a sweat, try a toning or strength-training program like Pilates or Yoga. Or, just go for a brisk walk. Experts agree you should alter your exercise program often so that your body doesn't get used to the routine. So if you're bored with your program, it's probably time to mix it up.

Excuse #3: I don't know how to get started.

If you want to develop a relationship with someone who will monitor your progress (and keep you motivated), consider hiring a personal trainer. Many full-service gyms have them on staff, or you can even turn to the Internet for an online trainer.

Excuse #4: I can't work out long enough to make a difference.

Some exercise is better than none at all. If you can devote at least 10 minutes to an activity, that's probably enough time to make it worth your effort.

Excuse #5: Even when I work out, I don't lose weight.

Start making changes to your diet by eating healthy. Put down your morning muffin and pick up an apple instead. And don't forget to drink plenty of water.

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