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Finding the Motivation to Exercise

Posted on August 18, 2016 at 4:25 PM

Finding the motivation to exercise is really about how motivated you are about taking care of yourself. Ask yourself, “Do I take good care of myself?”, “Do I desire to feel good?” Yes!!! When we focus on our own self-care we make a commitment to sustaining our wellbeing. Exercise is just one way to take care of yourself.


Exercise does not have to be hard. You can start out slow and steady. When I made the decision to be good to myself, I decid...

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Managing Stress with Exercise

Posted on May 6, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Managing Stress with Exercise

Stress can make you feel drained, anxious, even depressed. And while there are several ways to manage runaway stress, none is as enjoyable and effective as a regular exercise routine.

"Numerous studies have shown exercise provides excellent stress-relieving benefits," says Cedric Bryant, chief exercise physiologist for the American Council on Exercise (ACE). "And let's face it, we all could do with less stress in our lives...

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How can I stay motivated about exercising?

Posted on May 6, 2016 at 1:35 AM

How can I stay motivated about exercising?

The longer you stick with an exercise program, the more likely it will become a permanent part of your lifestyle. Unfortunately, 50 percent of all people who start a program drop out within six months. Here are some ways you can stay motivated:

• Set goals. Make them realistic and attainable. Create a plan to achieve them.

• Exercise for yourself, not someone else. For you to be successful,...

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How to Encourage Family Exercise

Posted on May 6, 2016 at 1:35 AM

How to Encourage Family Exercise

 

It sounds almost like a comedian's gag: How do you get a couch potato off the couch?

 

But there's nothing funny about the punch line, especially when that snack-munching bag of laundry propped up in front of the television is just a teenager or younger.

 

Or when the National Center for Health Statistics says that nearly 15 million youngsters in this country between th...

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How and Why to Keep a Training Log

Posted on May 6, 2016 at 1:30 AM

How and Why to Keep a Training Log

 

Some people like to train intensely for peak performance. Others simply enjoy getting out and doing what they can. Either way, a training log can help you get more from your workout.

 

"Think of a training log as a planning tool," says Judith C. Young, Ph.D., executive director of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education in Reston, Va. "It helps you organize and save ...

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How to Achieve Your Exercise Goals

Posted on May 6, 2016 at 1:30 AM

How to Achieve Your Exercise Goals

 

This may be the first year you've resolved to exercise regularly. Or perhaps you've failed at this resolution before and are trying again. Either way, you're more likely to succeed if you understand why many people fail to meet their exercise goals.

 

"People have expectations of achieving immediate physical changes from exercising, and when they don't see these changes occurring righ...

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Walk Your Way to Better Health

Posted on May 6, 2016 at 1:25 AM

Walk Your Way to Better Health

Compared with other forms of exercise, walking can seem so ... pedestrian.

 

Running is dynamic. In-line skating is flashy. Biking has great accessories. But walking?

 

"Walking is still the most viable exercise option for most people," says Glen Duncan, Ph.D., an exercise researcher at the University of Florida College of Medicine. "You don't have the injury problems that can happen ...

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Finding Your Hidden Exercise Opportunities

Posted on May 6, 2016 at 1:25 AM

Finding Your Hidden Exercise Opportunities 

 

If you exercise for fitness, good for you. But if you spend the rest of your time behind a desk or lounging in an easy chair, you're missing some important benefits of physical activity.

 

"Your body -- and you -- function best in an active state," says George J. Pfeiffer, president of the Workcare Group in Charlottesville, Va. "The more often you get up and get moving, ...

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Taking the Work Out of Your Workout

Posted on May 6, 2016 at 1:20 AM

Taking the Work Out of Your Workout

 

Are you having second thoughts about exercising? Good. Have some third thoughts, fourth thoughts and fifth thoughts as well -- positive thoughts.

 

The way you think about exercise can be the crucial factor in sticking with your fitness program. If you look on it as a disagreeable chore, it becomes one. But if you develop an image as an active, dynamic person, you'll be more likely t...

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Don't Enjoy Exercise? Try Water Sports

Posted on May 6, 2016 at 1:15 AM

Don't Enjoy Exercise?  Try Water Sports

 

Not everyone who spends time in a rowing shell does it to stay in shape. Some find the beauty of nature on the river; others enjoy the break from the daily grind of a fitness regime.

 

But rowing is just one of the many activities you can try when you head for the water. Canoeing, sailing, swimming, windsurfing, fishing, water-skiing, snorkeling, surfing, scuba-diving -- all...

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