Maintain the motivation

January 9, 2008 6:10:45 PM PST
If you're one of the many people who have decided that the start of the new millennium is the time to get serious about exercise, congratulations on making an important commitment! The first few days of exercise can be exciting, even exhilarating. As the weeks and months move on, however, it's often difficult to maintain the enthusiasm you felt at the beginning. Lifestyle change isn't easy; here are some tips to keep your motivation high and prevent you from being an exercise drop-out: 1. Do what you enjoy and you're likely to stick with it. Pick an activity that is fun and fits into your day without too much re-arranging. For some, a variety of activities helps prevent boredom.

2. Start out easy if it's been a long time since you've exercised, or if you are taking up a new activity. If your workout leaves you dreading the next one, you're overdoing it.

3. Up the action every day. Walk an extra couple of minutes; add ten to your bike ride. Work up gradually to a total of 30 minutes most days of the week.

4. Bring a friend along to help you stay motivated. Many find it easier to work out when they have company or someone who's counting on them to show up.

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