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14 Tips for Starting and Sticking with a Workout Routine

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  • I especially like the "make an appointment with yourself" and "start very slowly" tips. I need to heed that advice myself right now. Thanks! - 1/25/2012 3:45:00 PM
  • This article really spoke to me. I especially appreciated #1, make new memories. I had been beating myself up for falling out of the exercise routine and comparing myself to a former exercising in shape self so this advice is timely, thank you.

    Plus I won a Spark exercise DVD on the points spin - what could be better? - 1/25/2012 9:33:46 AM
  • Wow! This is one of my favorite SP articles of all time. I LOVED Julie's realness. This was a totally fun, helpful and refreshing read. Thank you, Julie!! - 1/8/2012 9:08:33 PM
  • I like the "where are your friends?" part--it's so hard to be the only 'up' person around, so much easier to eat smart, and exercise happily when others like those things, too.

    I'm suggesting this one to a number of my friends--all sorts!--who will get a lot out of it, I think. - 1/8/2012 11:07:23 AM
  • I'm not a soccer mom; while some of these tips areare universal and helpful, this article seems geared towards a very specific audience. I'm usually impressed by SP articles and how applicable they are. This one seems lacking in that sense. - 1/8/2012 9:31:20 AM
  • #13 - Wallow in YOur Greatness -- too often we focus on what we cannot or did not do, motivation to continue is greater when we focus on our accomplishments. - 6/5/2011 11:16:20 AM
  • I have recently incorporated daily walks into my routine. I decided to put myself first on my list of priorities. I am hoping that this shows up on the scale. If not, I plan to build my exercise little by little until it does show up. - 3/13/2011 8:24:06 PM
  • #14; I want to experience this! I have a friend who already knows what it's about! I want to go THERE! :-) - 3/1/2011 9:26:26 PM
  • Fantastic article.

    I especially loved #13. Wallow in your greatness. All too often I find myself not appreciating the effort I have put in to achieve results. - 2/17/2011 5:25:34 PM
    Awesome article, with great suggestions! Especially the first one! New life, new memories, and new body with a whole new out look! - 1/26/2011 11:58:49 AM
  • LOVE #8! Gotta have a goal to work towards! - 1/25/2011 9:05:21 AM
  • LOVE #8! Gotta have a goal to work towards! - 1/25/2011 9:04:58 AM
  • Great No-Nonsense suggestions! - 1/25/2011 8:47:37 AM
  • Great! We often think that we have to be perfect when we start... it's great to see that the most important thing is to start! - 1/25/2011 8:45:38 AM
  • I love the idea of just showing up at the gym. Just do it. Go for it! - 1/25/2011 8:35:52 AM

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