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14 Tips for Starting and Sticking with a Workout Routine

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  • I am learning to love exervise.
  • Great article. Thanks for the motivation.
  • Love this article. Make it a habit and it will stick!
  • love love LOVE staying in the PRESENT!
  • Best way to make exercise a habit is make the habit enjoyable. "Exercise" gives the connotation of work, something that has to be done to get paid, the payment is for better health and looks. Some put vanity before health, other's think of vanity as secondary, something that is an extra bonus of regimented exercise.
    The key is motivation and time, how much motivation, and how much time do you have to exercise? You should answer these questions. Many ride to a gym to exercise, then ride back home in a motorized vehicle. There is better way to use time, ride on something that you propel with your energy. Your ride to sit or stand on a machine, use energy to go nowhere, why not use a bicycle, or a Me-Mover that accelerates aerobic conditioning almost instantly.
    Bottom line, changing your modus operandi can save time, and give you the benefits of an anaerobic (if you weight train), and an aerobic workout in 1 session, actually 3 workouts, aerobic, anaerobic, aerobic. If it makes sense, go for it.
  • Great article. Very inspiring! Thanks so much! I needed this!
  • walk out in public? like where all the people are? eww.
  • Sorry, this article is coming to you from the disconnected who live in la-la land. When you live with chronic pain issues and limited mobility making an appointment for a workout is pie in the sky and appointments can easily be broken. At 40 I got up at 4 - got to the gym at 5 when it opened worked out vigorously for 45 minutes. Got hubby up for work, made lunches, had breakfast, walked the dog and went to work myself. All before degenerative disc disease, neurapathies and more - oh my. Today I'm retired. I get up at 4 as always. Have coffee, read the news and see how my body feels. Then and only then can I decide between what I have to do and what I might want to do. Have to dos: still include walking a an older, now special needs dog carefully so neither of us falls; cleaning my own house because I can't find someone reliable or thorough to do it at any cost; doing laundry; cooking, shopping and keeping track of all of our finances. Before I can leave the house I also have to make sure that I make any necessary phone calls since I'm deaf and can only use a captioned landline. Then I do my PT homework ... necessary to keep moving. Then and only then can I even consider going to a gym ... and there is no such thing anymore as an attractive one. It's all about business and making money. Really.
  • I don't see a date on this article (by Julie Isphording). How about SparkPeople DIVERSIFY the people whose articles you publish??? Part of # 6 in this article reads: "Put the pain in perspective. When the going gets tough, ***remember that you have survived 600 carpools, 540 loads of laundry (this month), 41 baseball games, 230 dinners..." *** -- I am a grandmother, spouse, mother, daughter to both of my living parents (married to each other for decades), sibling, etc. Yet the earlier description SO does not describe my life (for which I'm thankful). "Baseball" is FAR from the only youth or community activity. My daughter was on a YWCA swim team, and more. And, if people are doing 540 loads of wash per month, how much water must they be wasting?!? Thanks so much!
  • I use to tell my husband that if my girls call, tell them I went to the gym, "Michelle's Gym"
    I would feel guilty if I didn't take their phone calls, but if I get interupted while exercising, then I wouldn't finish. Make your exercise time at home, YOUR GYM. :)
  • Just show up!! That one is for me. Sometimes I cannot walk much at the gym - cramps in legs. But just going helps reinforce the habit. So am doing much better now.
    And, I find that even a few minutes on the treadmill does make a difference in how I feel the rest of the day.
  • Thanks, Julie. Good, sound advice!
  • Thanks for tips. I will use one and make an appointment with my golds gym bike and do 30 minutes with the 8 week wt. loss setting. This will be my second 8 weeks, though first 8 weeks I only lost 2 pounds. I am setting another 8 weeks using Sparks menu and goals.
    I, too, resonate with the "just shown up" tip.
    Turning Workouts into Playouts is my motto. I use Kinect video games to work out. Its good to start out with childrens games if you are really out of shape and then move up to the dancing games and then the actual fitness games. If you love to play games it is so fun you will forget you are getting a workout. The next day your muscles will tell you just how much you really did. I play Disneyland and that game is no joke. You are doing squats and arm movements. Something you will not get with walking and you don't even notice you are exercising because it is so much fun.

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