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It's one thing to start an exercise or activity program. It's quite
another to turn it into a habit so that you're staying active week in and week
out. If you're having problems staying with your plan, don't worry. You're not
You'll be glad to hear there are plenty of tips and tricks
you can use to get yourself back on track and stay there.
haven't started a plan yet to get more active, it may be helpful to
Many of the benefits of being active, like having more
energy and just feeling better, happen soon after you become more active. But
some of the most important health benefits come with being active over
When you first started increasing your activity, you
probably had one or more big goals in mind, like taking a summer hike with your
family, walking 30 minutes every day, or lowering your blood pressure. These
are long-term goals.
Are those goals the same today, or do you
need to change them?
Everyone has slip-ups. But there's a difference between slipping up and
giving up. Not exercising for a month after you've been exercising for 6 months
is a slip-up.
When you slip up,
don't get mad at yourself or feel guilty. Think of it as a learning experience.
Figure out what happened. Why did you stop? Think of ways to get yourself going
again. Learn from your slip-ups so that you can keep on toward your goal of
Here are some common reasons for slip-ups, and
some ideas for dealing with them:
September 26, 2013
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Heather Chambliss, PhD - Exercise Science
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