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  1. 7 Worst Excuses for Not Exercising (and how to overcome)

    "Excuses are the nails used to build a house of failure."

    Ah, excuses. We all make them. And, in turn, excuses make us less likely to achieve the things we want to achieve -- like a lighter weight or a better shape.

    As a total wellness professional I have heard most every excuse known to man. So today let's recount the top 7 excuses people use to avoid exercise.

    I will give you the way to overcome each excuse. Of course, to get it done, you need to stop making excuses!

    The 7 Worst Excuses for Not Exercising

    1. I hate to sweat!

    But seriously folks, who does like to sweat? From heavy lifting to a walk in the park, there are all levels of exercise. But at some point you will need to get that heart rate up for max benefits. And yes, that means breaking a sweat. That's what showers are for.

    2. I don't want to mess my hair and makeup!

    Yup, it's been said. So my advice is see answer 1 and choose a time and exercise that fits your lifestyle. A brisk walk around the building or outside may even put some color in your cheeks and reduce your need for blush!

    3. I can't exercise until I lose weight so I look good in gym clothes!

    This has to be one of my favorite excuses! The key to an effective lifestyle change is commitment to the change. If the only benefit there is to weight loss is vanity, you may need to rethink your desire to shape up.

    4. I don't have a clue how to exercise!

    Did you ever hear of a library or the Internet? There are so many available resources -- from websites to mags and everything in between. I only ask that you be careful of the source you choose. I am biased but I seek professional help every time I need help. The best advice: Look for an accredited certified trainer or fitness coach. For the cost of one or two sessions you will gain a good foundation in the basics.

    5. Women saying, "I don't want big muscles!"

    Listen up. Once and for all, women, in general, do not have the ability via hormones and our design to create big muscle mass. Light strength training (meaning lifting more than the weight of
    your purse) has more benefits than the likelihood you will ever be ready for Muscle Beach.

    6. Men saying, "I can drop weight whenever I want because I lose weight fast!

    Ssshhh... can you hear that? That's procrastination I hear. What you may have been able to do in your twenties just isn't all that possible in your thirties, forties or beyond. So drop the excuses and pick up the weights.

    7. I just don't have the time!

    This is the mother of all excuses. If I ask someone to tell me their favorite TV show I can get an answer. So my theory is if you have the time to watch TV on a regular basis then you can find the time for exercise. In fact, can do both at the same time. It's a matter
    of the level of commitment and willingness to change. After all, are we willing to sacrifice our health but not miss an episode of American Idol?

    Be well.


    Alicia is an American Council on Exercise Certified Personal Trainer and a Weight & Lifestyle Management consultant. The owner of Evolution Total Wellness in New York is also the author of "Oscar & Otis, Fat Fighters." For more information, visit

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