While the Olympics has inspired twice as many people to buy running shoes, according to sportsshoes.com, when it comes to ways to avoid exercise, we're still pretty fantastic at convincing ourselves 'not' to go to the gym.

According to personal trainer Neilon Pitamber, there are 10 reasons we regularly use to stay away from the running track.

Follow his tips for a fitter future...

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  • I don't have time

    "If you've got time to watch TV or to browse online, then you've got time to exercise. An effective workout can be as quick as 30 minutes; schedule it in your diary if you need to," says Pitamber

  • I can't afford it

    "If you can afford to drink alcohol or eat out, then you can afford a personal trainer. If you can't afford a personal trainer then there are gyms that cost as little as £16 per month or you can go running or cycling for free. "There are loads of inspirational bodyweight workouts you can find on the internet too. Checkout BodyRockTV and Bar-Community.com on Facebook," says Pitamber.

  • I'm too tired

    "The reason you're tired is because you are out of shape! When you get fit, you have more energy and sleep better," says Pitamber.

  • I'm too old.

    "You're never too old to start," says Pitamber. "In fact weight training is extremely important for older people to prevent muscle wastage and particularly for women to prevent osteoporosis. "60% of people over 60 can't stand up un-aided, exercise helps prevent this, keeping you strong and coordinated and preventing injuries and falls."

  • I hate gyms.

    "Then train outside for free or use a personal trainer in a private studio," suggests Pitamber.

  • I don't want to get bulky

    Pitamber says: "I hear this a lot from women. The fact of the matter is that the vast majority of women are not capable of getting bulky no matter how much they train. "Think of it like baking bread. The bread is the muscle and the yeast is the testosterone needed in order for the bread to rise. Women simply don't have anywhere near the amount of testosterone that men do."

  • My back hurts

    "Building strength in the back and core, which is not just the abs, is the number 1 best way of helping and preventing back pain," says Pitamber.

  • I'm too fat

    "I need to get fit before I start exercise. This has to be the funniest excuse!" says Pitamber. "Basically what people are saying is that they need to get fit before they can start the activities they need to get fit! Weight training is low impact and is very effective way of burning fat and building muscle which will, in turn, burn fat all day long. "Just start from where you are. Join a fitness class, the gym, a personal trainer and simply go in at your own level and pace, have breaks if you need to, use the activity to enjoy yourself, learn skills and get fit all at the same time."

  • I don't have the right kit

    "You don't need to spend loads of cash on expensive equipment, just wear whatever old T-shirt and joggers you have in your wardrobe to get out and get started," says Pitamber. "Do make sure you have the right running shoes to avoid injury." <a href="http://www.sportsshoes.com/support/Running_Shoes_Advice" target="_hplink">Click here for guide on how to choose the right shoe for you</a>.

  • It's boring.

    "Variety is key. Vary your activities with things you like doing too. Like swimming, dancing, walking, running, cycling, martial arts," says Pitamber.

For more info on kit and running shoes visit www.sportsshoes.com/running.