You could not have made a finer New Year’s Resolution than to dedicate more time toward achieving a fitter, healthier, more beautiful body. So why haven’t you been to the gym, seen a trainer, or laced up those running shoes yet? Remember, besides making you look better, regular exercise can also prevent obesity, heart disease, high cholesterol, hypertension, Alzheimer’s disease and Type 2 diabetes. In addition to these bonuses, many people have found that regular working out can significantly elevate their moods and boost self-esteem.

Here are a few commonly held excuses for not exercising and why you need to get over yourself and get to the gym… today!

“I’m too busy to exercise.” What a lame excuse. You make time for those things that matter most – your family, job, social life, etc. Your health is just as important as any of these. Schedule your workouts into your daily activities and stick to it! Get up an hour earlier and take a power walk before going to work. Pack a gym bag and stop at the gym on your way home from the office. Busier and more important people than you find the time regularly to stay fit and healthy.

“Exercise is boring.” Maybe you ‘re the one who is boring. Doing the same routine every time you hit the gym will produce diminishing results and leave you bored and frustrated for sure. Define your goals, change your workouts, hire a personal trainer to help you come up with a new workout. Try yoga, swimming, or any of the classes offered at your gym or community center. Expand your horizons!

“I’ll put off exercising until it gets warmer this spring.”  While you procrastinate, you also become fatter, sedentary and more unhappy with yourself. There’s no time like the present to get up and get moving toward a new healthier lifestyle. Start with one morning power walk or one yoga class after work. Besides, in sunny Florida this excuse doesn’t hold water!

“I can’t exercise because I have aches and pains and health issues.” I never take on a new client without getting a doctor’s clearance. You should never begin a new exercise program before getting a check-up from your doctor or health care professional. Sure, herniated discs, arthritis, high blood pressure, etc. are serious issues, but not impossible to deal with. For the most part, exercise done right can help you build flexibility at the joints and manage the pain of arthritis better than some traditional treatment programs. Regular training with manageable weights, yoga, stretching classes, and low impact aerobic routines have been shown to decrease pain and increase overall fitness levels.

As the New Year unfolds, don’t get left behind by friends and co-workers who have already embraced the fitness lifestyle Contact Tom Bonanti at TrainerTomB@aol.com for more inspiration! Visit my gym at 1271 NE 9th Avenue in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. or online at pumpnincgym.com! Schedule a free consultation today (954) 557-1119.