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    You have big plans to go to the gym after work today. You arranged someone to be there to take care of the kids, you packed your gym bag, you piously said no to after-work drinks with your colleagues. Then 6 p.m. rolls around, and, well ... maybe the kids need help with their homework tonight after all. Or your boss is going out for drinks, maybe you should go along too. Or you’re exhausted after a long day, and didn’t you read somewhere that you’re more likely to get injured exercising when you’re tired?

    Chances are, you already know when you’re making excuses because you just don’t feel like working out. But are there actually times when it IS a good idea to skip the gym? Yes, there are -- and here’s the personal trainer take on what’s a valid excuse and what’s NOT.

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    In a perfect world, we’d all have lots of free time to work out. Not only would we be getting our sweat on every day, we’d all be loving every minute of it (or loving to hate it, anyway!). In reality, it can be near impossible to find the time to work out, and what makes it even harder is not knowing what to do when you DO have time for exercise. If you find yourself on your way to the gym, still trying to work out what you should be doing there, or forcing yourself to a class you’re not really into because it works with your schedule, you might need to assess your fitness personality

    Maybe it’s not that you haven’t found the workout that suits you ... maybe your personality doesn’t suit your workout of choice. Here are some suggestions for you to try thinking about the way you exercise from a personality point of view:

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    While it's no secret that I love using weights in my clients' workouts (and my own!), there's no reason you can't get a challenging, effective workout using bodyweight exercises. By incorporating a Swiss ball (also known as an exercise ball, a stability ball, or a fitness ball) into your routine, you can up the intensity level and get even more out of your bodyweight workout.

    Try these seven exercises, which work your entire body -- get ready to challenge yourself!

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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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    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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    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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    With my first wedding anniversary rapidly approaching, my personal trainer and I were reminiscing the other day. She noted how this time last year, I was "more active." Because I've striven to keep up my workout routine since saying "I do," I immediately got defensive. But she was right. From training sessions to barre classes, spinning classes to logging cardio time on my own, I was working out as much as twice in a day some days and definitely up to six times a week. I was on fire, and it showed. But I have slowed down since the Big Day came and went. And after briefly beating myself up and feeling like a failure, I realized not going as hard as before is totally normal -- and completely okay.

    The brutally honest reality is that most brides do "let themselves go" after the wedding. Because we basically set ourselves up to!

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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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    If you work out regularly, you probably know how frustrating it is when injury prevents you from getting your sweat on. After I ran my first marathon a few years ago, I ended up with an injury that had me on crutches for a couple of weeks, with my doctor’s advice to rest and take it easy. I hobbled around and felt miserable not being able to do much with a painful leg.

    It’s easy to decide to just give up on your fitness when you’re unable to do your usual workout, but with a little creativity, you can definitely stay active and feel good!

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