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5 Tips For Starting And Sticking To An Exercise Program

Aug 17, 2007
If you're like most people, you desperately want to control your health and have high goals and aspirations for yourself. Perhaps you want to look good in a swimsuit or perhaps you want to live long enough to see your grandchildren's children grow up. Whatever the reason, you can succeed with your very own exercise program. In this brief article, we will share 5 tips that you can use to start and succeed with your very own exercise program.

1. Write down your aspirations. First of all, you should write down your health goals and aspirations and visualize yourself achieving yoru goals. For instance, if you want to lose 20 pounds in 4 months then you need to write out a plan of how you are going to make this happen. Then visualize yourself fat your dream weight. In fact, you can even cut out a picture of someone that has the dream body that you want and put your picture on their face and look at it every single day as motivation for you to achieve your goals.

2. Develop your exercise plan. Make a personal commitment to stick to your plan no matter what. Don't let anything or anyone stand in your way to achieving your health goals. Instead, do whatever you can to motivate yourself and then use those feelings of motivation to propel you to action. For instance, if you can never find the time to exercise cause you're too busy but always take a 1 hour lunch. Take your walking shoes with you when you go out to lunch and walk during your lunch break. This way, you'll make sure that you get your exercise completed every single day.

3. Set realistic goals. Make sure that you don't try to do too much too soon. Instead stick to goals that you can accomplish and then move on. For instance, if you know that you can safely ride the ecleptic machine for 10 minutes then don't go for 30 yet. Instead build up to 30 minutes slowly by not overdoing it.

4. Seek a work out partner. Get a partner to help motivate you. This could be a personal trainer or just someone that also shares your health goals. Whenever things get tough and you feel like quitting call this person up for a morale boost. Or, the two of you could even work out together for even more motivation.

5. Stick to your regimin. Remember that it takes 21 days to form a habit so give your new exercise program at least 21 days. Commit yourself to changing your life for the better and do what it takes to make it happen. Once you do this, you'll realize that 21 days has turned into 21 weeks and then 21 years of healthy living.

In conclusion, you can start and succeed at a fitness/exercise program by writing down your health goals and aspirations, developing your exercise plan, setting realistic goals, seek a partner and sticking to it. Once you do this, you're on your way to wearing that yellow polka dot bikini and being able to watch your grandchildren grow up as your healthy body.
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