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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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    We all know January is the number one busiest month at the gym, right? Just in case you missed my at-home winter workouts post and your New Year’s Resolution included a gym membership, I decided to give you 8 timely tips on how to be the best gym-goer you can be. And, no, this is not about how to have the best workout. This is about how to ensure that when long-time, grumpy members are rolling their eyes at the new influx of people, it will never be directed at you.

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    Okay, I know I’ve been bugging you guys to work out. If you’re still reading this, maybe you’ve forgiven me for the nagasaurus routine, and you’re still on board to get to the gym. But I have one more request for you -- I want you to start keeping a journal of your workouts. I know, it sounds like a pain in the butt. I get it. You want to go to the gym, get your workout done, and get home, without having to think too much.

    But what if I told you that you’d get even more results if you just started keeping a training journal? Humor me, and read on ...

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    A little while back, I told you guys about some of the questions I’ve been asked as a personal trainer by people who are overwhelmed by the conflicting information out there about fitness and exercise. Some readers and friends contacted me with even more questions they had but never felt comfortable asking at the gym.

    So, I decided to write a 'Round Two' of workout questions you’ve been too afraid to ask at the gym!

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