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For those of you who are in the habit of making excuses, it's time to stop. Excuses will only lead you down one road; failure. The only way to put an end to all your excuses is to stop making them. You should have, could have, would have, but you didn't. Well now it's time to make it happen.

You hear the same ones all the time...family life is so hectic; I have to pick up the kids and do the laundry; it's my friend's birthday so I have to go to the pub after work.

Quit putting blame or pointing fingers at life. There is absolutely nothing preventing you from accomplishing your dreams. You are in control of the outcome.

Don't let excuses take the place of your goals and aspirations. Especially when it comes to your health.

The benefits of exercise and eating nutritiously balanced foods are never-ending. Time, strength, knowledge and inspiration are all valued treasures that excuses steal from you every day.

Popular excuses

I don't have time

When it comes to eating healthily and exercising, this excuse is the most contradicting. Taking care of your health will lead to a longer and happier life. It is possible to incorporate exercise into your schedule, no matter how hectic it may be. How does choosing unhealthy foods give you extra time?... It doesn't.

Planning is the key. Get up an hour earlier, make it a family affair or integrate it into your workday. For example, park in the farthest parking space and take those extra steps to get inside the office. Or, instead of a sit-down meeting, take a walk while you talk. Where there's a will, there's a way.

This also applies to eating nutritiously. Plan your meals ahead of time. Pack healthy snacks, bring your lunch or, if you eat out, try to choose the healthier items on the menu.

I'm too old

One wonderful fact about health is that it's never too late to start. Older adults benefit the most from exercise. All the health problems associated with aging can be eased or even reversed with proper nutrition and exercise.

It will never happen for me

This excuse is only valid if you never give yourself enough credit to make it happen. You have the power to make the changes, but you have to make the effort. George W. Carver said it best when he said, "99% of failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses." Believe in yourself and you will succeed.

I don't have the proper equipment

The only device you need is motivation. You don't need all those fancy machines in the gym. All you need to do is start moving. Walk, dance, jump and use your home appliances to add some weight. When you put your imagination to work, the possibilities are endless.

I don't want to give up my favourite foods

Your favourite foods can be healthy, you just have to learn how to make them nutritious. For example, instead of fried, choose baked; instead of canned, go for frozen; and instead of white, choose brown. Eating healthy does not mean giving up all the foods that taste good.

I don't want to hurt their feelings

True friends want what's best for you. They will get over the fact that you passed on the double chocolate cake. Just let them know about the changes you are making and ask them for support.

I'm too out of shape to even start

You don't have to be a certain size to start making changes. The key is to make gradual changes. You can start slowly by making minor adjustments to your schedule. For example, use the stairs instead of the escalator; choose walking over driving, and incorporate fruit and vegetables in all your meals.

Every week give yourself a goal and stick to it.

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