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How to overcome excuses and commit to working out

Staying healthy requires a daily commitment. It is not always easy to get out of bed for those early-morning workouts or jump on the treadmill at the end of the night when you finally have some free time, but such efforts are a great way to maintain a healthy lifestyle into your golden years.

Many men and women know there are plenty of excuses to skip workouts. Overcoming such excuses can sometimes be difficult, but there are ways to ensure you stay on the right track toward a healthy lifestyle.

Excuse #1: I don't have enough time to exercise. Shortage of time is a factor for many busy individuals. The Department of Health and Human Services recommends the average person get at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity. Thirty minutes per day can easily be broken up into three, 10-minute sessions. Take the stairs, jog on your lunch hour or do deep-seated squats while preparing dinner. It's easy to fit in daily exercise if you're willing to be creative.

Excuse #2: I'm too out of shape. Getting back into shape is a prime motivator for exercise. However, fear of being able to keep up or personal body image issues sometimes keep people from exercising. There are workout routines for all fitness levels. Starting slowly and building up intensity can help spur endurance and results.

Excuse #3: Gyms are too expensive. You don't necessarily need a gym to get in shape, but the programs and guidance offered at health centers certainly make it easier. Gyms may have different price plans based on members' needs, and many gyms are willing to work with prospective members operating on tight budgets. Check with your health insurance provider, too, as you may be eligible for rebates or discounts if you make a predetermined number of visits in a given time span or use an in-network gym.

Excuse #4: Working out is boring. Performing the same routine day in and day out can be monotonous. That's why it is important to vary your exercises and try new things. If you're usually on the machines at the gym, try a group class instead. Enlist a friend to come along and it can make the workout more interesting.

Excuse #5: I'm too tired to workout. Routine exercise wakes up the senses and gives you energy, and daily workouts promote a more restful slumber. Over time you may find that you feel more rested and energized.

Working out regularly promotes good mental and physical health. It's easy to avoid exercise with a series of excuses, but now is the time to stop avoiding exercise and commit to a healthy lifestyle.