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    Exercise can easily turn into something you dread, a boring chore somewhere on your to-do list. But it doesn't have to! While it may be hard work at times, working out should be fun and something you enjoy doing. If you dread going to the gym because you know it's going to be boring, or your weight loss has stalled, or you’re looking for ways to distract yourself, it’s a sure sign that something is wrong. 

    What’s going on? It could be as simple as being in a workout rut, which is easy enough to fix. Here are tips on getting out of the rut and making exercise fun again!

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    Kirstie Alley's body has seen nearly every size in women's clothing. From her early days on television in the late 1990s until now, she's gained and lost weight, then gained it and lost it again. Though she may lose her healthy habits from time to time, she never loses her sense of humor or her willingness to be totally honest and candid about her weight issues. I think that's why we have to keep rooting for her -- well, that and a lot of us can relate to her struggle. 

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    There are lots of excuses for not working out. Maybe you're busy with an important work project. You only have 15 minutes to spare, which couldn’t possibly be enough time for a worthwhile workout. Or it’s been so long since you exercised, you feel like getting fit again is too overwhelming to consider.

    These arguments against working out have nothing to do with time, motivation, or desire. People with these excuses aren’t lazy -- quite the opposite, in fact. They are some of the most dedicated, hard-working people you’ll meet. Something is holding them back, though, and until they realize where their justifications spring from, they may never make that first step.

    What’s the issue here? 

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    I love workouts where you only have to use one piece of equipment. If you try this medicine ball workout in a gym, it doesn't matter if the gym packed. All you need is enough space to lunge -- no stress about whether a machine is taken or moving from one spot to the next. If you do it at home, all you need is the space for a yoga mat, and a medicine ball.

    Ready to get sweaty? Here are 8 exercises you can do using only a medicine ball.

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    Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, I find myself in a compromising position with a near-stranger. It's usually a man, and we're locked in a strange sort of embrace. My fingers might be laced together on the back of his head, pulling his face close to my neck. His hand might be gripping the back of my shirt, one elbow pressed against my cheekbone. We shuffle around awkwardly as if slow-dancing in a school cafeteria to "Lady in Red," softly kneeing each other in the groin.

    Later I drive home, battered from head to toe, a giant bruise already blooming down my arm like a long winter shadow. I can see in the rearview mirror that my hair has pulled loose from my headband in unflattering sweat-slick tufts, and the majority of my makeup has probably been smeared down someone's shirt. Every part of my body aches. I turn up my radio and lustily sing along, butchering the lyrics and caring not a whit. "Clap along if you feel like a broom without a hoof!"

    I'm completely and utterly exuberant.

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    Are you totally at a loss as soon as you're faced with the weight training floor at the gym? If you're in the category of not even being able to fake-it-'til-you-make-it (because you're not even sure what you're supposed to be faking), you're in luck!

    From choosing your weights to trying new equipment, let's check out some of what you'll encounter on the gym floor so you can feel super-confident about beginning a strength training routine!

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    Our birthday is tomorrow, so we're ready to close out our week's worth of giveaways soon. And just like our celebration, spring break (read: bikini season) is right around the corner, so we have some great swag to get you ready for the beach!

    Today, four lucky winners will each receive a three-month Black Card Planet Fitness membership, along with some great gym accessories to get your ready for some major sweating. And since the entire gym is a "Judgment Free Zone," there's no "gymtimidation." Now that's our kind of workout.

    Along with gym access, you'll get additional perks with the upgraded Black Card: unlimited sessions with a fitness trainer, use of massage chairs, Hydro-massage beds, and Total Body enhancement booths, tanning, and the chance to bring a guest every day for no additional charge.

    Let's be honest, you were hooked at "massage chairs." Every mom needs a nice massage, so we get it. Plus, for workouts, you can bring a friend to help you motivate! We love it!

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    Working out isn't easy. One way of tempering the agony of a grueling workout and spicing up your dull routine is to employ the buddy system. Recruit a fellow fitness fiend (or aspiring one) to join you working out a couple of times a week. Not only will they inspire you to keep going when the going gets super rough, but working out with someone whose company you enjoy makes the time fly by. After all, time does indeed fly when you're having fun. Or so they say. I've never had fun so I wouldn't know.

    If you're still skeptical as to whether or not a workout buddy would help you rather than hinder you, look no further than to some of Hollywood's brightest stars! For many of them, fitness is a top priority in order to keep themselves in fighting form. Glamorous, ridiculously hot, fighting form.

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    Wouldn't it be amazing to have your own home gym? All the latest equipment, available anytime, without having to travel or pay membership dues at a gym? For most of us, a home gym is not even close to a realistic option. There is one piece of equipment, though, that is inexpensive, takes up very little space, is super-portable (great for traveling!), and on top of all this, it will give you an awesome workout at home!

    What is it? A resistance band.

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    I don’t know what it’s like where you are, but here in the Northeast, we have been slammed with a brutal winter -- and it doesn’t seem likely to end anytime soon! I am not a natural treadmill runner. In fact, for much of January, I moaned, complained, and dreaded my training runs indoors.

    But now, after more miles logged inside this year than in probably the last five years combined, I’m happy to report the treadmill and I have come to a truce. If you’re still struggling with getting your miles done on the mill, try these 5 boredom-busting treadmill tips!

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