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Beat the Top 8 Exercise Excuses

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6. I'm bored with my workout
Boredom is one of the major reasons people give up exercise, according to sport psychologist David E. Conroy, Ph.D., an assistant professor of kinesiology at Pennsylvania State University. If you've done the same routine day after day for months, it's time to try something new.

To keep yourself interested, try varying your activity. Experiment with new moves from magazines or books, or sign up for a class you've never tried, like kickboxing, African dance, yoga or Pilates.

7. I'm too stressed
Instead of adding tension to your life, exercise actually reduces it. Studies show that when faced with nerve-racking situations, regular exercisers are less likely to experience chest or joint pain, anxiety or depression. Working out can buffer stress simply because it acts as a distraction. University of Wisconsin -- Madison kinesiologist Bill Morgan, Ed.D., compared the effects of meditation, hypnosis, exercise and resting quietly to determine which had the greatest ability to promote relaxation. He found that by diverting people's attention away from their worries, exercise was most effective at lowering tension levels, with its calming effects lasting up to five hours.

8. I'm not in the mood
If you're in a bad mood, a good workout can improve it--almost instantly. In a study conducted by the department of exercise science at the University of Georgia in Athens, researchers found that women with high levels of anxiety experienced marked relief after riding a stationary bike for 40 minutes. Many researchers attribute the exercise-induced mood lift to several biochemical changes in the body, including a rush of endorphins to areas of the brain that control emotion and behavior (a phenomenon called runner's high).


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