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Stay Motivated To Exercise

Last week, we talked about the benefits of moderate-intensity exercise for 150 minutes per week, even if it's just 10-15 minutes at a time. In little chunks of ten minutes, the exercise doesn't feel overwhelming, but I'm guessing that for most of us, 150 minutes of more does sound like a lot of time. "Where am I going to find time to fit that in?" is a natural question. It's also easy to talk oneself out of exercising, even when the exercises are fun. So, today I'm going to focus our attention on a few ideas that help to keep us motivated and moving ahead with our exercise goals.

A while ago, when I was working out, I saw a sign that said, "A one-hour workout is 4% of your day. NO EXCUSES." I think that sign goes a long way toward putting the time costs of exercising into perspective, especially when considering a goal of only 10-15 minutes here or there throughout the day spent performing healthy activities that we actually like.

Surround yourself with good friends when exercising, unless your goal of solitude is enough to keep you moving. Some of the best results can be gained by investing in a personal trainer, but don't worry if you are unable to spring for that investment. There are still ways to gain ground toward your fitness goals by simply recruiting friends or family members who will really hold you accountable. If you are meeting with motivated people to participate in a brisk walk or a game of volleyball, for example, you're more likely to show up and make the activity work.

Be ready to commit to exercise activities daily such as parking farther away from the entrances of building you use, or climbing the stairs rather than riding elevators (when practical). But be sure to have many scheduled appointments for exercise each week. Set that time aside for nothing other than exercise. Keep these appointments just as you would a doctor or accountant appointment, and you will see that the payoff will be beneficial to your health.

To really be successful in keeping up exercise, I encourage you to remove as many barriers--whether they are external or internal--that keep you from exercising. This can be done by finding safe places to exercise within the manner that your fitness level allows. If the cost of a gym membership is too pricey, find alternatives with little or no cost (although many health insurances are helping to bring costs within reach). To help remove the internal barriers, I like the advice given by social psychologist, Traci Mann, "being active without having the specific goal of health or weight loss in mind, may actually enable you to enjoy exercising more." Sometimes, we can just enjoy the activity for the activity's sake. That's where the fun of having friends involved comes in.

At the end of the day, I want us all to remember the words of Glennon Melton who penned, "Your body is not your masterpiece. Your life is." Stay active and enjoy a healthy life.

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