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14 Tips for Starting and Sticking with a Workout Routine

Stop Failure Before it Starts

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  • CRAFTSURF
    I fractured an ankle doing exercises after a year of doing aerobics and gained back all the weight. when I went back, I got a stress fracture afterseveral months getting back into it. Then my gym closed . I broke two toes twice thereafter when exercising on my own. when I went back to a new women only circuit gym, it just made me eat more. I was always hungry. my back and knees hurt twice as much even though I started up very slowly. after 3 years I finally worked up to 1.5 hrs 5-6 days a week alternating treadmill, bike and weights circuit. I never lost any weight, I always hurt. the machines were not sized for me even at lowest levels as I am quite short. I pinched my fingers /hands several times bad adjusting the machines ever five minutes on the circuit and wound up with tennis elbow. then the gym closed. I have no motivation to try again. - 6/1/2008 8:19:58 AM
  • I'm keeping this in my favorites so I can link people over when they are having trouble sticking or worries about that. It's exactly what I'd say except put better. You make helping others easy in this way. - 6/1/2008 7:02:45 AM
  • RJW325
    I JOINED THE Y 2 YEARS AGO TO GET IN SHAPE ANDI START AND THEN STOP AND HAVE DONE THIS MANY TIMES, BUT MONDAY 5/12 2008 I AM GOING TO WALK 1 MILE...TUESDAY I AM GOING TO WORK ON THE NAUTILIS (SP?) AND WEDNESDAY I AM GOING TO WALK A MILE, THURSDAY WORK ON THE MACHINES. I HEARD THE BEST ADVICE ON THIS SITE "98% OF LIFE IS JUST SHOWING UP" AND I PLAN TO DO THAT TOMORROW MAY 12 I WILL REPORT BACK - 5/12/2008 12:40:54 AM
  • RJW325
    I JOINED THE Y 2 YEARS AGO TO GET IN SHAPE ANDI START AND THEN STOP AND HAVE DONE THIS MANY TIMES, BUT MONDAY 5/12 2008 I AM GOING TO WALK 1 MILE...TUESDAY I AM GOING TO WORK ON THE NAUTILIS (SP?) AND WEDNESDAY I AM GOING TO WALK A MILE, THURSDAY WORK ON THE MACHINES. I HEARD THE BEST ADVICE ON THIS SITE "98% OF LIFE IS JUST SHOWING UP" AND I PLAN TO DO THAT TOMORROW MAY 12 I WILL REPORT BACK - 5/12/2008 12:40:53 AM
  • What a great article! It will be added to my faves for when i need to reguevenate my motivation! - 3/8/2008 1:30:25 PM
  • Just what I needed to help keep me going - 1/15/2008 5:09:45 PM
  • CROONERMOM@AOL.
    I've been depressed for months at my inability to stick to any diet, believeing I just couldn't do it, reading these articles and all the people and their comments really give me a sense of "maybe I can do this". Thanks for the hope I feel. I actually made some great food choice's already for this week, and now, I'm taking my dog Benny for a walk. Thank you , Helen - 1/6/2008 11:56:40 AM
  • Sometimes so very common sense - thanks for the reminders. I need lots of them :). Remember what Yoda said: "Do or do not. There is no try." - 1/2/2008 2:02:48 PM
  • This was very encouraging. At 46, I am finally realizing, I have to take care of ME! No one else can do it but ME. I have been taking care of a family, helping with our business and involved in politics, but it's time to take time out for ME too... - 12/28/2007 1:54:44 PM
  • With the help and support of my Spark Team friends, I am now fitting in my strength routine. I was doing 65 minutes a day 6/7 days a week of just cardio. They made the suggestion of dropping down my cardio 3 time a week and replacing it with strength exercises. It has worked smooth this week. I have two strength workouts already in! I feel so complete. Thanks Spark! - 11/28/2007 6:32:49 PM
  • Good advice. Now let's put it into practice! - 11/28/2007 5:35:05 PM
  • Just what was needed to get me motivated and a positive start to the day. - 11/28/2007 2:03:56 PM
  • This was exacatly what I needed today!
    Doing it with a friend is the best. Maks it easyer and turns it into an - 11/28/2007 1:37:54 PM
  • Great article! This is the one thing I just can't seem to work into my schedule since I joined SP. Good sound advice. Motivation enough for me to schedule some exercise into my day - 11/28/2007 12:54:28 PM
  • Thanks for this article. I really needed it right now! - 11/28/2007 12:30:19 PM

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