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Use Shorter Workouts to Build Consistency
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-- By Nicole Nichols, Fitness Instructor & Health Educator

Most experts recommend that you engage in up to 90 minutes of physical activity most days of the week, emphasizing that you gradually work your way up to that duration. However, a recent study conducted at Boston Sports Clubs found that participants who exercised for 20-30 minutes did so more consistently than those involved in 45-60 minute workout sessions. This study shows that youíre more likely to stick to a shorter duration workout than a longer one.

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If youíre having trouble staying consistent with exercise (and most of you tell us you are ), try a shorter workout session. Tell yourself that youíll exercise for 10 or 15 minutes, and follow through with it. Of course 10 minutes of exercise is better than totally skipping a workout. But, once youíve hit that small goal (whether itís 5, 10, or 20 minutes), ask yourself if you could keep going. You may find that planning on a short workout is enough to get you to the gym, and once youíre there, you can do a lot more than you thought.

Marj .... Your body keeps an accurate journal regardless of what you write down.

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