Are you tired of convincing yourself to exercise?


Getting yourself to commit to exercise can be a difficult, even monumental undertaking.  Only a lucky few jump out of bed or race out of the office at the end of the day, eagerly anticipating a 5-mile run or a spinning class.

Don't feel guilty about this.  Let yourself feel the malaise, because I have some good news for you.  If you continue to exercise regularly, you will soon find that exercise is a habit that doesn't require constant cajoling.  Moreover, your body will begin to crave exercise, making you want to squeeze in a few laps at the pool whenever possible.  

Then, all the energy you used to spend convincing yourself to exercise can be spent on more exciting things, like determining which cocktail dress better showcases your rockin' body.

But how do you get to a place where exercise is habit?  Here are a few suggestions to get you there.  Stick with it.  You will never regret the effort you put into staying healthy.  
  1. Begin an exercise program with a friend.  When you begin to verbalize your excuses to someone else you will realize how lame those excuses really are.
  2. Exercise in the morning.  There are far fewer distractions to exercise in the morning. 
  3. Don't let yourself skip exercise because you have little time.  If you find that you only have 15 minutes to exercise, use it.  Some exercise is always better than none, and getting it in helps you create a habit.
  4. Try lots of things to find what works.  If you try a yoga class and you hate it, try something else.  Look at your workout unconventionally.  You may get your best exercise outside, far from a gym.  Keep your options open and look for opportunities to move your body.
  5. Celebrate your accomplishments.  Keeping up an exercise regimen takes commitment.  Reward yourself with a night out, a pedicure, a frothy latte, or some other treat once a month.
What are your tricks for sticking with an exercise program?

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