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What are the best tips to motivate yourself to exercise?

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Use these tips to keep yourself in the fitness game:

1. Do it for yourself. If you exercise because you love it, you’ll more likely stick with it.

2. Take baby steps. Take it easy as you start, then slowly ramp it up.

3. Mix it up. Do different types of workouts to keep things interesting and to exercise different muscle groups.

4. Don’t be your own drill sergeant. Work within your limits, and gradually get stronger.

5. Work out with a buddy.

6. Break it up. If working out for 30 minutes is too much, do 3 10-minute sessions. Aim for a total of 150 minutes of exercise a week, plus weight training at least twice a week.

7. Make exercise part of your daily routine, like brushing your teeth.

8. Get over the guilt. Skipped out workout? Today is a new day.

9. Track it. Keep a fitness journal or use an app to record your progress and to stay motivated.

10. Celebrate! It takes weeks to see real changes. Dropped a pound? Lost an inch? Mark your milestones.

SOURCES:

Acevedo E. , Human Kinetics, 2006. Psychobiology of Physical Activity

CDC: “How much physical activity do adults need?”

Ryan, R. , 1997. International Journal of Sport Psychology

Matsumoto, H. , 2004. International Journal of Sport and Health Science

Dunton, G. , September 2009. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise

U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 9, 2019

SOURCES:

Acevedo E. , Human Kinetics, 2006. Psychobiology of Physical Activity

CDC: “How much physical activity do adults need?”

Ryan, R. , 1997. International Journal of Sport Psychology

Matsumoto, H. , 2004. International Journal of Sport and Health Science

Dunton, G. , September 2009. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise

U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 9, 2019

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