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No more excuses! Beat your top 3 reasons for skipping the gym with this at-home workout

by Jenna Wolfe /  / Updated 

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TODAY lifestyle and fitness correspondent Jenna Wolfe is helping you get serious about getting in shape with this series, #NoExcusesTODAY. Sign up for her weekly newsletter for more workout tips, diet advice, and words of motivation to help you stay on track.

Want to get in shape, but find there's always a reason why you can't work out? It's time to ditch the excuses!

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Here are the top 3 excuses people make to skip a sweat session, and the best ways to beat them:

Excuse No. 1: I’m too tired.

Solution: Get ready for your workout the night before! Pack every single gym item in your bag — literally everything you will need. This makes the morning far less painful. If you’re prepared, you’ll work out. One less excuse.

Excuse No. 2: I don’t like the gym setting.

Solution: You don’t have to go to the gym for a workout! You can pick your favorite workout moves and do them in the comfort of your house. It’s convenient, stress-free, and it’s a time saver. And don’t worry, you’ll still burn your calories!

Start with this sample set of exercises: 10 rounds of apple pickers + burpies + plank knee touches. For round 1, do 10 of each move. For round 2, do 9 of each move. For round 3, do 8 of each move. Count your way down until you are doing 1 of each move. Then your workout's complete!

Check out these easy-to-follow demos:

APPLE PICKERS:

Image: Jenna Wolfe demos the Apple Pickers workout
Apple Pickers: Start with your arms up, then pull them down as you lift your leg. Right side + left side = one rep.Samantha Okazaki / Today

BURPIES:

Image: Jenna Wolfe demos the Burpies workout
Jenna Wolfe demos burpies.Samantha Okazaki / Today
Image: Jenna Wolfe demos the Burpies workout
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PLANK KNEE TOUCH:

Image: Jenna Wolfe demos the plank knee dip exercise
Plank knee touch: Start in a plank position. Alternate touching your knees to the ground. Right side + left side = one rep.Samantha Okazaki / Today

Excuse No. 3: I don’t see results.

Solution: You don’t make all your money overnight. You don’t raise your children in a week. You don’t get a college education in a month. The good, quality, important things on this earth take time. We invest years in our careers, in raising our kids, in our education — why should it be any different in ourselves? We are an investment and that takes time, effort, patience and dedication. You didn’t gain all your weight in a day, and you certainly won’t lose it in a day. But you WILL lose it if you stay on track. I promise you that.

Give yourself a chance to succeed because if you eat well and get yourself moving, there’s no way you won’t.

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