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when i'm not in the mood for walking,i'll tell myself all you have to do to do today is walk 15 minutes.by the time i've walked close to 15 minutes my endorphins have kicked in and i'm usually feeling better and then i do the rest of my walking.only once in a while i'll stop at 15 .It really works.
For many reasons -- including knees that need coddling to lack of time -- I usually exercise in increments of 15 to 20 minutes at a time, 3 or 4 times a day. I may not have 30 minutes or more at a time to exercise, but I can always find 15 minutes, and those few minutes are less intimidating, and thus more likely to happen, than a big chunk of minutes. It's also beneficial to my knees because they get a break, which means there is less pain and I'm more likely to do another 15 minutes later on.
Thirty minutes on a treadmill or reclining bicycling seems a lot of time but if you set the display to time elapsed until you get to 15 minutes and time remaining for the last 15 minutes it just doesn't feel like much. After all it's only 15 minutes!
I know this is a head game but sometimes it helps you to keep on going. "I only have ___ minutes to go." or " I've only been exercising ______minutes." Breaking it up mentally into two segments just makes exercising more manageable.
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