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Fitness Tip#74 - March 16, 2012

Friday, March 16, 2012

Exercise Motivation Tip No. 5: Get Athletic Support

This isn’t about garments but about spouses, girlfriends, boyfriends, buddies –
anyone who will encourage you. And if their encouragement goes beyond the
“atta-boy” or “atta-girl” approach, gently remind them that you don’t need nagging. "The person should be in support, but not say, 'Oh, why not?' or 'Why can’t you? It’s so easy.'" If you need additional help, hire a trainer.

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JUNODANCER 3/16/2012 4:11PM

    Well said!

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Fitness Tip#73 - March 15, 2012

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Exercise Motivation Tip No. 4: Don't Compare Yourself to Others

We’ve all seen them, those toned, fatless specimens who strut through the gym in their Barbie-sized shorts and sports bras. Don’t compare yourself to them. Forget about them. Forgive them. But do not let them deter you from your goal.


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BUBBLEJ1 3/16/2012 6:41PM

    How about being inspired by them? The women lifting heavy free weights at the gym look amazing, and the inspire me to work hard and lift heavy!

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Fitness Tip#72 - March 14, 2012

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Exercise Motivation Tip No. 3: Don't Expect Perfection

Another pitfall is all-or-nothing thinking, a perfectionist way of looking at life that leads to giving up when you miss a day or two or your workout doesn’t go well. If you accept going in that there will be some sidesteps on your fitness journey, you’ll be better mentally prepared to deal with setbacks. Expect that you'll get sick from time to time, and be psychologically prepared to miss a few days of exercise when that happens. Don’t let it be an excuse for giving up. To keep injuries from sidelining you, do your best to prevent them by warming up, cooling down, stretching properly -- and not doing too much too soon.

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Fitness Tip#71 - March 13, 2012

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Exercise Motivation Tip No. 2: Keep Track of Your Progress

Don't forget to chart your progress, whether it's with a high-tech online tracker or
an old-fashioned fitness journal. Seeing incremental improvements, whether it's
in improved time, increased reps, or greater frequency of workouts, can boost your exercise motivation.

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Fitness Tip#70 - March 12, 2012

Monday, March 12, 2012

Exercise Motivation Tip No. 1: Be Realistic

One of the biggest reasons for failure is that first-time exercisers often set unrealistic goals. People want to go for maximal goals, but they tend to get overwhelmed. Don’t start off trying to work out an hour every day. Instead, begin with 20-30 minutes of your chosen exercise two to three times a week.

You have to build a foundation first!

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