Fitness and Weight Loss Excuses -- Six Ways to Crush Them Before They Kill You

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Fear of fitness and weight loss failure are major contributors to the worldwide obesity epidemic. Simple home workouts can be instrumental in fighting fat and poor fitness levels.

According to official figures from a 2006 report compiled by The Trust for America's Health, the adult obesity rate rose from 15 percent in 1980 to 32 percent in 2004. Combine that with the number of Americans who are overweight but not obese, and the figure stands at 64 percent. And the childhood obesity rate more than tripled between 1980 and 2004, from 5 percent to 17 percent.

"I don't have enough time for exercise." "I'm too out of shape to workout." "I don't know what to do." "I'm too afraid to ask the fitness instructors." "The gym is too crowded." "The health club members are rude." "I don't have the willpower." These are some of the top excuses revealed by a 2004 survey conducted by the American Council on Exercise of San Diego.

"For the general population, excuses are just excuses. They are not valid reasons for poor levels of fitness and health. That being said, I can understand why so many people use these excuses. They just don't know any better." said Exercise Physiologist and Fitness Consultant, Joey Atlas. "There is so much fitness and weight loss information out there. It's hard for people to make sense out of it and see how or if it applies to them." according to Atlas.

Atlas offers these six tips to put an end to your fitness excuses:

1)    Develop this mindset: Fitness is not a leisure pursuit. It's an obligation and a means for you to protect the gift of life you have been given.

2)    Create a simple home gym with a little bit of space and a floor mat for core exercises.

3)    Learn compound leg exercises, such as the touch-down, that do not require fitness equipment.

4)    Perform daily flexibility and stretching exercises for increasing energy and injury prevention.

5)    Use the floor mat for abdominal exercises and thigh exercises that provide a smart foundation for a more advanced fitness program.

6)    Incorporate butt exercises and stomach exercises that do not require weights or exercise machines.

"There is so much that can be done with little or no fitness equipment. There is no need to be a member of a health club to be in great shape and healthy." says Atlas. "I have some of my best workouts on the local playground. A ten-minute ab workout, a quick leg exercise series, a simple core workout and eight minutes of stretching for flexibility will give you a good sweat in less than thirty minutes."

Joey Atlas, M.S. - Exercise Physiology, is a fitness consumer advocate, professional trainer and fitness writer. He has been in the fitness industry since the late 80's. Atlas is a contributing writer for OnFitness Magazine. He is the creator of the Home, Office and Travel Fitness DVD series, which is distributed in over 60 countries. DVD sets can be purchased via Atlas' main website and range in price from $25 to $40 US.

Atlas offers five free exercises, with photos and instructions via his main website

Joey Atlas Fitness Resources provides fitness consulting services and products to individuals, families and companies all over the world.

For media inquiries, call 904-891-6336 or visit the 'Media Room' at his website. Joey is available on short notice and after hours. Photos and review copies available.

Joey Atlas Fitness Resources

2 S Roscoe Blvd, Suite 2 A

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 320282


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