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Changing How You Think About Exercising

How can you start looking forward to exercise?

Keep it simple. If you're confused about what to do, start with the basics--you need at least 20 minutes for the body to get going, so start there. Get out your calendar, find 20 minutes of time on 3 different days and do something - walking, running, going to the gym, vigorous yard work--whatever you want.
Make it a habit first and work on your time and intensity later.
Be Patient. Part of allowing yourself time to make exercise a habit is being patient ... you can't start where you want to be (which may be exercising 5 or 6 days a week), you have to start where you are and that means weight loss may be slow in coming as you get your mind and body conditioned for exercise. Make your weight loss goal long-term and then focus on the daily steps you need to take to get there
Focus on Your Body. If you exercise regularly, when was the last time you left your walkman at home and spent some time focusing on how your body feels? While music is a great motivator, why not set a goal to do one workout a week with no distractions? Leave your heart rate monitor, magazines and walkman at home. Forget about calories, intensity and the rest of it and focus on how your body feels. Try different activities. Go slower or faster and see how your body responds. Take some time to learn about your body and you'll be able to create workouts based on your own rules instead of someone else's.
Stop and Smell the Roses. If you never exercise outside try it, go out and walk, run or ride your bike. Leave your watch at home and take some time to look around, notice the scenery. If you see an interesting road ... take it. Breathe deeply. Sometimes just being outside is a reminder of how wonderful it is to have a healthy, functioning body.
Mix It Up. The nice thing about cardio exercise is that you can choose any activity that raises your heart rate. You don't have to do the same workout every session, nor every week. If you've been doing the same workouts, aren't you bored? Changing up your cardio is easy, so do it often and you'll discover more activities you enjoy.
Appreciate Your Body. Unfortunately, most people don’t realize how lucky they are until they get injured and forced to stop exercising. Try to learn to appreciate your body now, while it's in good working order. Just taking a few moments during your workouts to imagine what it would be like if you couldn't do what you wanted can help remind you how amazing your body is - no matter how it looks.

It takes time to change how you think about things. Part of making exercise part of your life might involve opening your mind to different possibilities. Just for a moment, imagine what it would be like to exercise because it feels good - not just because it helps you look good. Imagine how much more motivating it would be to exercise because you want to, not just because you have to. It really is possible to make exercise an enjoyable part of your life, you just have to work at it!

It all starts with "One Step at a Time".