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How to Overcome Excuses


By Jose Briceno.

How many times do you find yourself skipping your workout because you don't have the time? Or the energy? Or the mood? Or any other obstacle in that particular day?

If you are anything like I used to be, exercise is something that you force upon yourself because you see it as a means to an end. That end might be weight loss, a better body shape, or pain prevention.

In that case, exercise might not at activity that you crave--at least not yet. Sometimes you can overcome the dread and get the workout done, but most of the time it is easier to let anything get in the way and skip the gym.

So, how to make exercise a habit? How do you turn it into an activity that you do every day without thinking, like showering, or brushing your teeth?

In my case, I had to trick myself into it.

When I didn't have the energy to work out, I used to tell myself, "Okay, I'm working out for 15 minutes only." I chose something easy, 2 or 3 exercises in a circuit. Next thing I knew, my body was moving, blood was flowing, and without thinking much about it, I kept going for longer, 45-60 minutes.

Watch Richelle's video to overcome your excuses with easy exercises that you can do anytime, anywhere, with minimum equipment.

Scheduling a 60-minute workout session might be a lot, depending on what your day looks like. But there's many benefits from exercising for shorter amounts of time. You might not have a full hour that day, but can you certainly find 15-20 minutes to get your body moving.

15 or 20 minutes a day is better than zero. Work in small but consistent increments.

If that day you really don't want to exercise, tell yourself it will be for only 15 minutes. You might end up getting a great full-hour workout. Keep doing that for a few weeks, then a month. That's how you create a habit.

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