Start How to stop others from intimidating you

How to stop others from intimidating you

But eight in ten admit to coming up with an excuse to get out of exercising, with being too tired the most popular.

Having three sets of exercise clothes, taking two days off a week and going to the gym first thing in the morning to ‘get it out of the way’ are other tips people swear by to stick with their fitness plans.

The poll of 2,000 adults found 54 per cent of people reckon they need to exercise more often than they currently do, with a lack of time (44 per cent), motivation (43 per cent) and money (18 per cent) named as the biggest barriers.

But 37 per cent struggle more during January than at any other time of the year, with 56 per cent putting it down to the dark mornings and evenings making it harder to get going.

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Other tips include leaving two days between sessions and heading to the gym straight from the office, so you don’t have a chance to sit down.

Thirty-eight per cent also find it easier to exercise with a friend – as it means you’ll be letting them down if you pull out of plans.

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