Friday, May 7, 2010

No More Excuses!!!

f you hate working out, you'll make all sorts of excuses to skip the gym. Here are five common exercise excuses and how to beat them . . .

#1.) "I DON'T HAVE TIME." Check out a website called It's got hundreds of "Mini Workouts" that are anywhere from one to four minutes long. They're perfect if you have a short attention span when it comes to working out.

--It doesn't sound like a lot, and you're supposed to get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise each week, but the "Mini Workouts" can add up.

#2.) "I DON'T KNOW HOW." If you don't even know where to start, go online. On websites like, you can enter your fitness level, your goals, and the type of equipment you're using, and it'll give you a customized workout plan.

#3.) "HOME EQUIPMENT IS TOO EXPENSIVE." Some of the big workout machines are thousands of dollars. But you don't really need all that stuff.

--You can get a solid workout with one set of dumbbells, which cost about $30, and one of those big bouncy exercise balls, which cost about $20.

#4.) "I DON'T LIKE WORKING OUT ALONE." On and, you can type in your zip code and find people who are looking for someone to go jogging with, or biking, or rowing . . . basically anything.

--You can even type in specific things like "hiking with your dog."

#5.) "I HATE IT." If you just can't stand working out, you have to find a way to make it fun. If your kid already has a Nintendo Wii, look no further.

--You'll have to buy the Wii Fit Balance Board, which is $100, but once you've got it, you can do more than 60 activities, like strength training, ski jumping, or just the hula hoop. If you DON'T have a Nintendo Wii, a new one will cost you $200. But think of how much fun you'll have!

(Source: Readers Digest)

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