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Excuses, Excuses by Dr. Robert Osgoodby

WARNING!! Always seek the advice of a Medical Doctor before

starting, or making changes in your diet or exercise program.

In today’s fast paced world, sometimes it can be challenging to

find the time to get to the gym to workout. I am sure you have

heard many people say, “There just aren’t enough hours in the

day.” The number one excuse for not training on a regular basis

is not being able to find the time.

Ninety nine percent of all excuses are not valid! If you are

serious about getting in shape, if it is a top priority, nothing

will get in the way of you achieving your goal. If you want

something bad enough, it is amazing what you will do to get it.

Here are a few things you can do to eliminate the “I don’t have

time” excuse.

1. Get up an hour earlier, or stay up an hour later. Dedicate

this extra hour of time to training and achieving your

fitness goals. Fact: Most people spend more time sleeping

than they need to. Eight or nine hours of sleep can be

great, but by no means necessary to maintain your health and

let you feel good.

Personally, I find it easier and more effective to get up an hour

earlier and train first thing in the morning for two reasons.

Training first thing in the morning increases your metabolism and

keeps you burning calories at an increased rate throughout the

day. Another great reason to train first thing is to eliminate

the possibility of procrastination and blowing off a workout. By

the end of the day, the last thing in the world you want to do

after a long day of work and responsibility is workout. Getting

your training in first thing will also increase your energy level

and make you feel good about yourself. It gives you a sense of

accomplishment which will help you tackle the rest of your day

and insane schedule with a smile.

I am sure that at least one “morning person” reading this said to

themselves, “Get up an hour earlier, he must be out of his mind!”

Even if you get up half an hour earlier, this equates to three

and a half hours of exercise time a week that you didn’t have

before. With only investing a half hour a day, you can get

quick, noticeable results.

2. Put together a home exercise program for those days you just

can’t get to the gym. For about $150.00, you can buy some

dumbbells, a bench, and a floor mat for abdominal training.

Although you can not get as thorough a workout as you could

in a health club – it’s better than nothing! Herschel

Walker, a pro football player, has one of the best physiques

around and he has never touched a weight! His workout

consists of push-ups, sit-ups, and cardiovascular exercise.

You can get great results sticking to the basics. Remember,

consistency and intensity are your key ingredients for


If money is an issue and you can’t afford to buy the equipment

mentioned above, all you need is a VCR. There are hundreds of

great video tapes designed for toning, weight loss and fat

burning. If you don’t want to go to a gym, this allows you to

exercise in the privacy and comfort of your own home.

All exercise video tapes are designed with music as a background.

Music is a powerful tool when it comes to exercise. It lifts

your spirits and increases your enthusiasm. Music also takes

your mind off the clock and makes your workouts seem to go


Exercise to music that you enjoy. If you like music from the

50’s, 60’s and 70’s, Richard Simmons “Sweating To The Oldies”, or

Cory Everson’s “Step In Time” are great beginner level programs.

If you like martial arts and self defense, purchase a tae bo


If you are in decent shape, semi-coordinated and like today’s

dance music, you can choose from several of MTV’s “The Grind

Workout Hip Hop Aerobics”, Paula Abdul’s, “Get Up And Dance”,

Milo Levell’s “Hip Hop Body Shop”, Kathy Smith’s “Latin Rhythm

Workout”, or Christy Lane’s “Funky Freestyle Dancing.”

If you have two left feet like me, you will quickly be able to

master Denise Austin’s Xtralite Beginner’s Aerobics.

All of these tapes and hundreds more are available for sale at

most music and major department stores. If you want to check out

a tape before you buy it, most of these video tapes can also be

rented at your local video store.

Incorporating these simple principles into your daily routine

will make it much easier for you to stick to the program, improve

your health , and move closer to your fitness goals.


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