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You might have plenty of reasons for not working out, but we're not letting you off the hook very easily. Here, we give some of the most common exercise excuses -- and solutions for getting around them.

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Excuse: I'm too tired to get off the couch. Solution: That's precisely why you should. Exercise helps boost your energy.

Excuse: I'm so out of shape, I don't know where to start. Solution: Start slowly to avoid being overwhelmed and getting injured. Try short walks a couple times a week at first, and then build up to more challenging activities. The worst mistake you can make is trying to do too much and getting injured. Slow and steady wins the race.

Excuse: It's just too hard. Solution: What’s too hard, getting off the couch or not getting off the couch? Nobody said it would be easy. But often times the hardest part is at the beginning. Experts say that if you can stick with exercise for that first month, you'll start to reap benefits -- like increased energy and improved mood -- that can motivate you to stay moving. Consider walking; it’s an easy exercise that can go a long way toward good health.

Excuse: I hate exercise. Solution: Perhaps you hate the activities you've done in the past. Heart-pounding, high-impact aerobics aren’t for everyone. But there's surely some sort of physical activity that appeals to you. How about snow-shoeing, swimming or salsa dancing? Try some of them -- you might like them.

Excuse: I don't have time to exercise. Solution: It's not necessary to carve out 30 straight minutes for exercise. Fit in 5 or 10 minutes of activity a few times a day. Take a short, brisk walk around the block at lunch. Climb a few flights of stairs between meetings. Hit the treadmill or do some sit-ups while watching the news. It can all add up to the half hour of physical activity recommended by public-health professionals.

Excuse: I don't like gyms. Solution : If you find health clubs too crowded or intimidating, don't go. There are plenty of other places to exercise. Try a community recreation center, your home, or the great outdoors.

Excuse: I've never exercised and it's too late to start. Solution: It's never too late to start. Provided your doctor gives the OK, you can exercise well into old age -- and still accrue many health benefits. So get out there and get moving, just start slowly.

I’m confident that through some humor, the true message of this came through—the cost/benefit of using some form of physical activity for exercising, greatly assist people for their overall health, well-being, and weight.

I think one reason there may be so many different interpretations, quite frequently wrong, regarding dieting, weight-loss, foods, illness, because basically we are a nation that has failed to take responsibility for our own lives.

Iowa Avenue is a place where you can come to learn, to be educated about the foods you eat, how much you exercise, and much more. The first thing we can say with total emphasis is:

There is no silver bullet.

Iowa Avenue ’s mission is to connect people in a meaningful way for a meaningful purpose. Implicit in our mission, is to assist people in our community learn about the how’s-the why’s, and to share and motivate one other in that pursuit.

Within that mission, is our goal to bring you relevant news that will be of interest, importance, and to cull through all of the health diet, research studies, and weight-management information that is currently out there—on the Internet, the News, the Television—to decipher its meaning, share it with you, and to explain the various implications of them in order to help you lead healthier lifestyles.

Excuse-proof your exercise plans , courtesy of MSNBC – parts have been directly cited or paraphrased.

But as the old Beatles song goes, “You can get by with a Little Help from your Friends,” because

After all, it’s about a healthy lifestyle!

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