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At the start of each new year, many people make the resolution to do more exercise in the days and months ahead. With the best of intentions, they get up early that first morning in their brand new tracksuit and trainers and begin their new fitness regime. Several days down the line, the tracksuit is back in the wardrobe, never to be seen again. Why? There can be a multitude of excuses, and these are just some of them.

It is too cold

Well, yes, if you begin in January, it will be cold, wet and probably quite slippery too if it has been snowing. You could either wrap up warmer as you head outside or wait until the spring when the air is warmer, to begin your exercise plan.

It is too hard

If you push yourself too hard at the beginning, you will get tired, and cause pain in your joints and muscles. Pace yourself, and increase the time you exercise each day. Start by going for a gentle walk, then ease yourself into a jog, and then a run. Increase the length of time you go out each day until you are moving at a comfortable pace.

I don’t have time

Not many people do. Whether we hold down families, go to work, or a combination of both, we tend to live busy lifestyles.

For starters get up earlier in the morning. Going outside will refresh your senses and getting your blood pumping will energise you for the day. Also, instead of taking the car to work, why not walk instead. If you use public transport, get off a few stops earlier and walk the rest of the way.

I’m Too Tired

Terrible excuse. Taking part in exercise will boost your energy levels, and you will feel brighter and less sluggish as you go about your daily routine.

I Have Flat Feet

While this is a genuine problem, it doesn’t mean you should avoid exercise. Have a look at some of the best insoles for flat feet, designed to give you extra comfort when jogging or running. Podiatrists recommend foot exercises to strengthen your muscles so speak to an expert for advice.

I Can’t Afford To Go To The Gym

You don’t need the gym for exercise. You have the whole of the outside world to keep fit in. There is no fee for walking or cycling, be it on your local streets or at a nearby park. You can even invest in gym equipment for your home. It may cost a little bit, to begin with, but once you have your own treadmill set up, you need never pay for a gym again.

I Can’t Be Bothered

Motivation is a problem for a lot of people. However, consider the benefits. Exercising regularly is good for your health, cutting down your chances of heart disease and diabetes. It is also good for your mind, as it has been proven that exercise is good for fighting depression. If you need to, enlist a friend or family member for moral support.