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A Comprehensive Guide To Overcoming Excuses, Injuries, And Other Obstacles For New And Returning

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Starting a new fitness journey or getting back into regular exercise routine can be a challenging task. There are often various obstacles that can hinder our progress and discourage us from achieving our fitness goals. Whether it's excuses, injuries, or other obstacles, it's important to overcome these challenges in order to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. In this guide, we will provide you with valuable tips and strategies to conquer these barriers and stay motivated on your fitness journey.

1. Defeating Excuses:

Excuses are the number one obstacle that prevent many individuals from starting or maintaining a regular exercise routine. Common excuses include lack of time, fatigue, lack of motivation, and fear of failure. It's essential to recognize these excuses and find ways to overcome them.

The Born Again Runner: A Guide to Overcoming Excuses Injuries and Other Obstacles for New and Returning Runners
The Born Again Runner: A Guide to Overcoming Excuses, Injuries, and Other Obstacles—for New and Returning Runners
by Pete Magill(Kindle Edition)

4.6 out of 5

Language : English
File size : 10636 KB
Text-to-Speech : Enabled
Screen Reader : Supported
Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
Word Wise : Enabled
Print length : 345 pages
Lending : Enabled

Here are some tips to defeat excuses:

  1. Create a schedule: Set aside specific time slots for exercise in your weekly schedule. Treat it like any other important appointment and prioritize it.
  2. Find an exercise you enjoy: Look for activities that you genuinely enjoy doing. By finding something you love, it'll be easier to stay motivated and committed.
  3. Start small: Begin with short workout sessions and gradually increase the duration and intensity. This will help you avoid burnout and make exercise more manageable.
  4. Seek support: Enlist a workout buddy or join a fitness community to keep yourself accountable and motivated.

Remember, excuses only hold you back from achieving your goals. By defeating excuses, you will be one step closer to achieving your fitness aspirations.

2. Overcoming Injuries:

Injuries can significantly disrupt your fitness journey, and it's crucial to handle them properly to minimize setbacks and ensure a safe recovery. Always consult a medical professional before attempting any exercises after an injury.

Here are some steps to overcome injuries:

  1. Listen to your body: Pay attention to any discomfort or pain and don't push through it. Take the necessary rest and recovery time to prevent further damage.
  2. Modify your workouts: Depending on your injury, modify your exercise routine to focus on non-affected areas or engage in low-impact activities that won't aggravate the injury.
  3. Work with a physical therapist: If your injury requires professional help, seek the guidance of a physical therapist. They can design personalized rehabilitation exercises that accelerate your recovery.
  4. Stay positive and patient: Recovering from an injury takes time, and it's important to remain patient and positive throughout the process. Celebrate small milestones and focus on improving gradually.

By taking the necessary precautions and seeking appropriate help, you can overcome injuries and get back on track with your fitness goals.

3. Tackling Other Obstacles:

Aside from excuses and injuries, there may be other obstacles that come your way during your fitness journey. These can include lack of motivation, plateaus, or external factors like work commitments or family responsibilities.

Here are some strategies to tackle other obstacles:

  1. Set realistic goals: Break your fitness goals into small, achievable milestones. This will help you stay motivated and provide a sense of accomplishment along the way.
  2. Vary your routine: Switch up your workouts to prevent boredom and keep your motivation levels high. Try new activities, sign up for classes, or explore different workout styles.
  3. Find inspiration: Surround yourself with motivational quotes, success stories, or personal fitness role models. Visual reminders can help you stay inspired and focused.
  4. Track your progress: Keep a record of your workouts, measurements, and milestones. Seeing your progress on paper can be incredibly motivating during challenging times.

Remember, every obstacle is an opportunity to grow and develop. By tackling these obstacles head-on, you'll become stronger, physically and mentally, throughout your fitness journey.


Overcoming excuses, injuries, and other obstacles is essential in your pursuit of a healthy and active lifestyle. By implementing the tips and strategies shared in this guide, you'll arm yourself with the tools needed to conquer any challenge that comes your way. Remember, consistency and determination are key to achieving your fitness goals. So, start today and let nothing hold you back!

The Born Again Runner: A Guide to Overcoming Excuses Injuries and Other Obstacles for New and Returning Runners
The Born Again Runner: A Guide to Overcoming Excuses, Injuries, and Other Obstacles—for New and Returning Runners
by Pete Magill(Kindle Edition)

4.6 out of 5

Language : English
File size : 10636 KB
Text-to-Speech : Enabled
Screen Reader : Supported
Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
Word Wise : Enabled
Print length : 345 pages
Lending : Enabled

From the lead author of Build Your Running Body (“the best running book ever”—Runner’s World founder Bob Anderson),a one-of-a-kind guide for everyone who wants to run but feels they can’t

As a drug-addled young man, Pete Magill once found himself in the ER, with his body telling him to give up. Taking up running seemed impossible—but he willed himself to do it anyway.

Magill went on to become one of the fastest masters runners ever, and a sought-after coach. Over a glowing (albeit hard-won) career, he has heard every excuse people use to stop running or never start—from achy knees and sore ankles, to advanced age and arthritis, to too many cigarettes or years on the couch.

In every case, Magill’s best advice is to do what he did: Run anyway—at a pace and mileage that work. Through inspiration, science, and anecdote, Magill gets runners out the door; through personal action plans, he sets them on the right path; and through the best exercises to protect and rehabilitate the body, he keeps them going—showing a way forward for new and sidelined runners who haven’t before realized how close they are to fun and pain-free

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