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14 Tips for Starting and Sticking with a Workout Routine

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  • "If you limit your calorie intake, you will not have enough energy to work out and your metabolism will slow down.
    Not a very good advice - if you eat the same you will never get any results because exercise alone does not use many calories and there is a big temptation to eat more because you exercise.
    Exercise AND limiting your calories is the way to go.
  • Hi i like question 1 on forgetting what u looked like in high school
    bc ur. Older now and when u do lose the weight u wont look like
    U did back then anyway.forget about the past and only think of how
    U will feel when u get down to ur goal now. I quit smoking Dec.11th
    2011 and i also quit drinking diet coke about a week and a half ago
    And i feel really good about getting rid of my 2 bad habbits. I want
    to lose 30lbs. by June.before my 55th Birthday. Have a great week.:)
  • I especially like the "make an appointment with yourself" and "start very slowly" tips. I need to heed that advice myself right now. Thanks!
  • 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?
  • 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!!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • #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.
  • 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.
  • #14; I want to experience this! I have a friend who already knows what it's about! I want to go THERE! :-)
  • 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.
    Awesome article, with great suggestions! Especially the first one! New life, new memories, and new body with a whole new out look!
  • LOVE #8! Gotta have a goal to work towards!
  • LOVE #8! Gotta have a goal to work towards!
  • Great No-Nonsense suggestions!

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