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overcoming-your-biggest-excusesExcuses stand in the way of the things that we are trying to achieve.

So how can you overcome these pesky little excuses that plague you on a daily basis? The best way is to be prepared and have a plan so that when you feel the urge to use an excuse you can’t easily overcome it and stick with your plan. As a personal trainer here are some of the most frequent excuses I hear and how to overcome them.

I don’t have the time!

Time is the biggest excuse that I hear when it comes to getting in a workout. This is something you need to make the time for, because we all have the time, it just comes down to making it a priority. Plan your weekly workouts in advance and pack a gym bag so you can go before or after work. If you workout at home, plan some time before the day starts or right when you get home. Put on your gym clothes as soon as you think about working out, before you leave the office or right when you get out of bed. If you are dressed you will be more likely to get it in.

I’m too tired!

This is such an easy one to overcome…just get moving. Tell yourself you will walk on the treadmill for 10 minutes and if you are still tired you can leave the gym or stop your workout. Chances are that once you start you will feel energized and continue with your workout. Exercise will actually give you energy and you will feel better when you are done. Also, make sure you are getting enough sleep, water and food. It may seem obvious, but if you are not giving your body what it needs it will be harder to get your workouts in. I don’t have a lot of money! Reaching your goals does not have to be a big investment. There are so many resources online an even at your gym or club to use to your advantage. Most fitness facilities have personal trainers that will help with an initial assessment and session to show you around the gym, be sure to ask questions and get the most from that session. If you are just starting out a few sessions with a personal trainer may be beneficial. If you workout at home you can use the internet to put together at home body weight exercises. You can do a lot with just a few 10 pound weights and some free space.

My goal is too big I will never get there!

This is only true if you believe it is. Take your goal and break it down to smaller goals. Do you have to lose 100 pounds? Set a goal of 8 pounds a month. Do you want to run a marathon? Set up a running schedule to work up to 26.2 miles. We all have to start somewhere. Believe in yourself and you can achieve anything that you set your mind to. You can also find a friend who has similar goals so you can motivate and keep each other accountable.

Excuses are nothing if you are driven to reach your goals you will find a way! Once you get started and you are seeing results you will be motivated to keep going. Now, stop making excuses and start making your goal happen, you CAN DO IT!

For more fitness advice from Angelena, visit www.angelenamarie.com.

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