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Fitness: Making It a Habit

It's one thing to start an exercise or activity program. It's quite another to turn it into a habit so that you're staying active week in and week out. If you're having problems staying with your plan, don't worry. You're not alone.

You'll be glad to hear there are plenty of tips and tricks you can use to get yourself back on track and stay there.

If you haven't started a plan yet to get more active, it may be helpful to read:

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Many of the benefits of being active, like having more energy and just feeling better, happen soon after you become more active. But some of the most important health benefits come with being active over time.

  • Your reason for wanting to stay active is very important. It won't work if you're doing it because someone else—your spouse, your children, your doctor—wants you to. You have to want it.
  • If you started a program to get more active but don't feel like you're making any progress, it may be time to update your goals.
  • If you started a program to get more active but are having trouble keeping it going, it may help to figure out what's getting in your way. Then you can figure out how to work around those barriers.
  • Keep at it, even if you slip up along the way. It can take months of repetition to form a habit, so every day is a step in the right direction.

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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Heather Chambliss, PhD - Exercise Science
Last Revised July 17, 2012

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: July 17, 2012
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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