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(HealthDay News) — You may have many excuses not to exercise, but medical science seems to have just as many reasons for staying fit.

The American Council on Exercise mentions these common excuses to avoid working out:

  • Being stressed about something at home or work can make exercise feel like too much to handle, but exercise is actually a great way to manage stress.
  • Don’t create unrealistic expectations that make disappointment a virtual certainty. Remember that it takes time to see improvements in weight and fitness.
  • Don’t overdo it thinking you’ll meet your goals faster. Remember to go slowly and build in days for recovery.
  • Don’t let something unexpected, such as working late, interfere with your workout plans.
  • Don’t succumb to negative self talk. Replace it with thoughts that are positive and motivating.

— Diana Kohnle

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