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14 Tips for Starting and Sticking with a Workout Routine

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  • Yay for Joyful Jo's courage to speak her truth! I see both sides to this. I, like JoJo, totally need to push myself a bit, as I have gone easy on myself for years! But I think there are lots of people who are all or nothing, and who get out there and push themselves to the extreme so that they don't want to exercise regularly -- because the last time they did it, it hurt so much. JoJo is so right, that we all have to find what works for us.
  • I totally agree with joyful jo -- the "listen to your body" take it easy type of approach doesn't work for me either - it might have worked when I was a child/ before my body became completely off, but my body/ mind now has a completely messed up idea of what I should be eating, exercising, etc!
  • I especially liked "Starting today, make new memories. " This simple statement can apply in so many ways besides exercise.
  • Even though I get the gist of this article, I think this mentality is what has kept me fat. The whole, start slow, slow down if you need to, be good to yourself mantra FOR ME, has not produced results and caused frustration. When I began watching Biggest Loser, I realized I could work harder than I do. Obviously, I cannot work out for 6 hours a day, but I realized I could up the intensity and NOT let myself slow down and that I could be tougher on myself and all of a sudden, the scale started moving. So while I think these may be great tips for someone who is just beginning, FOR ME, they need to be left behind with the training wheels if I want to get some real results and achieve my goal. Otherwise, I give up and stay fat. Of course, I'm not saying NONE of these are good suggestions....just saying...for me.....I need to focus on working harder. Man I hope I don't get slammed for saying that. We're all different.
  • Great article - will keep me motivated to carry on being fit in my fifties. Just one small point - don't forget some of us are now SLIMMER than we were in High School. I was a big kid and am now about 30lbs lighter than I was in High School!

    So, I am very glad to on Spark People and on the path to health, fitness and happiness
  • Very sound and EASY! advice! thank you!
    Thought this article included a lot of good ideas - and it does provide an excellent source of motivational and inspirational tips. Well worth saving and referring to on a regular basis.
    Great advice, I show up 98% of the time to the jym. I enjoy having fun there. I do not have a lot of friends. But , you are right I need to start planning my meals in advance so I can eat fewer calories, and sleep better. I guess I am doing all right I can't complain. Thank you.
  • Love these! I'm going to post them on my mirror!
  • BELLA2222
    Julie, Thank you for this article! I have been in a workout rut for a few months and these tips are just what I needed to help get my read in the right state of mind to get fitness back into my life!!
    I really enjoyed this article and believe it is going to be a great motivator for me. it was really good. Thanks SP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Just the article I needed today when I'm frustrated at myself (started to say the scale but that's my fault.)
  • I really love the part about making a new image of yourself, not the one I was in high school or even a year ago. 1Cor 13 I am a new creature!
  • Great Article,- I know my 13 year old and I take walks every other day to talk and enjoy some time away from the guys in the house.

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