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Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.  - Edward Stanley
People think up the most amazing reasons not to exercise – my dog ate my skipping rope, my wife hates six-pack abs, my boyfriend likes some booty, and the most popular excuse of them all – I simply don’t have time.

Of course when we don’t want to do something we can rationalize any excuse, however ridiculous.  And sure, working out in a gym can be tedious.  But the key is to find an activity you enjoy so that it doesn’t feel like work.  That could include any list of things that get your blood pumping – walk your/a dog, take the stairs, park the car in the furthest spot from your destination, throw a ball with your kid.  The bottom line is that the activity needs to be integrated into your lifestyle/routine so that you stick to it (warning: I am going to use the "F" word) forever.

And if I haven’t convinced you enough with reason, fear is a great motivator.  We all logically recognize the importance of exercise, but a recent study demonstrates in black and white the impact of physical activity (or lack thereof) on muscle density.  Crazy, right?!?

So don't wait to feel that inevitable guilt when your membership lapses and you realize you only worked out for a few weeks in the New Year. Get out there, get moving and keep it fun. Take it day by day, step by step. Better yet, do it with someone you care about so that when you want to back out, they'll keep you honest, and on the tough days you'll be able to complain together.


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