Exercise compliance secret #5: don't push too hard

Don't exercise until you hate it

Don't kill yourself. Don't push yourself until you are wheezing, fatigued, and ready to vomit. Don't exercise until you hate it. Why?

Exercise doesn't have to hurt to be effective.

Researchers, whose findings were published in the Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, say exercising at a moderate pace is just as effective as exercising at a more intense level. And, there's a bonus: those who work out at a moderate pace feel better about exercise, so they are more likely to be consistent.

It's quite simple: find something you like. Work out for the joy of feeling your body move, for the joy of feeling it become leaner and stronger.

These are the secrets of those who exercise for life.

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