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|15 Quick Tips for People Who Do Not Like to Exercise|
|by Susie Cortright
We've all had days when we don't have the energy to tie our athletic shoes, let alone bounce
around in them. But exercise can give a daily blast to your mind, body, and soul. Here are fifteen
quick tips to get you moving:
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- Don't get intimidated by the prospect of a daily exercise regimen. You don't have to run
a marathon. You need only get your body moving each day. Once you tone your muscles, you'll
naturally find yourself wanting to do more challenging workouts.
- Reframe the way you think about exercise. Begin to think of each workout as a gift you give to
yourself instead of just another "should," "ought," or "must."
- Make sure you enjoy your exercise program. Some people like classes. Some people don't. Choose
what's right for you so it becomes something you actually look forward to.
- Make sure your workout is convenient. Schedule it for a time of day when you typically feel the
most energetic. Have your gym bag packed and ready to go by the door or in the car.
- Make your workout weather-proof. If you run or walk outside, get the right workout gear so
weather conditions are never an excuse.
- Make sure you're doing it right. One reason for wanting to quit exercising is injury or pain.
Check with your doctor before you start an exercise program so you know you're safe in the workout
you choose. And check in with trainers, too, if you're working on equipment at the gym or trying a
- If you're having a low-energy day, tell yourself you have to exercise for only ten minutes. That
will get you moving, and once you're in the exercise groove, you'll usually want to finish your
- Go with friends. Start a group for walking, running, or training. The camaraderie (and peer
pressure) can do wonders for your daily motivation.
- After a really good workout, write a few notes in your journal about how good you feel. Use it
as a reference the next time you don't want to begin.
- Start with small goals. If you want to run for 30 minutes, for example, start by walking fast.
When you can do that, make a goal to spend those 30 minutes running for one minute, walking for one
minute. When you build on these smaller goals, you'll be running in no time. And you'll give your
confidence a boost, too.
- Recognize that some days it will be easier to exercise, and some days you'll have to struggle
through the workout. This has to do with a lot of factors, including mood, hormones, the glass of
wine you had last night.... Take the pressure off by understanding the fluctuations. And exercise
- Try behavior modification tapes to help you stay motivated for exercise. You can even find some
that are not self-hypnotizing or subliminal. You'll hear every message, but these messages are
subtle and, for many people, effective.
- Use a visible reward system. The effects of exercise are cumulative and long-term, so sometimes
it helps to see your results on a daily basis. After each workout, put a big red star on the
calendar as a symbol that you completed the day's workout. Take photos of yourself every month in
your workout gear so you have a visual record of your results, too.
- Get to the bottom of your exercise aversion. For women, if it's the run-of-the-mill gym you
can't stand, try a women-oriented fitness center, such as Curves. This is a fast-growing fitness
phenomenon, and many women feel like their workout becomes a 30-minute vacation — like a
girls' night out at the exercise machines.
- Be gentle with yourself. Take a day off at least once a week. And if you do skip a few workouts,
don't beat yourself up, but do get right back in the routine. The fewer consecutive days you skip,
the more likely you'll be to make your workout a lasting gift you give to yourself.
About The Author:
Susie Cortright is the founder of Momscape.com
Read her reviews of behavior modification programs
including programs designed to help you eat for health and enjoy exercising — or read
more articles by Susie Cortright at Free-Article-Bank.com
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