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Video:Tips for Making Exercise Resolutions Stick

with Jonathon E. Stewart

Getting into a new exercise routine is easy - it's sticking with it that takes a little stamina. But with a few simple tips, you'll be in shape in no time. Learn easy ways to turn your exercise goals into a reality.See Transcript

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Transcript:Tips for Making Exercise Resolutions Stick

Hey guys - Jonathon Stewart here for About.com. We've all been there. Whether you've joined a new gym, planned to train for a 10K, or just resolved to walk for 30 minutes a few times a week, it's easy to get fired up for day one, but how is it that on day thirty you're right back on your couch eating Cheetos? Well take a look at these tips on setting a new exercise routine and sticking to it, and you'll be fit as a fiddle, forever. Check it out.

You're Not Alone In Your Resolution

Think of starting a new exercise routine as joining a team. Millions of people in the world take a little time out of every day to exercise, the same as they do for eating, sleeping, and working. Exercise has been proven to reduce and eliminate symptoms of depression, and can lead to a generally healthier, happier life. And, if all these millions of others can do it, you can, too. You might start seeing the secret nods people give you walking down the street, or just the way the air smells sweeter, food tastes better, and sleep comes easier. And, there are one or two other things that get much better, too.

Set Realistic Exercise Goals

Next, be realistic about the goals you set for yourself. When you're starting out, sit down with your doctor, a trainer, or do some exhaustive research online and make an exercise plan that's well within your range of ability. Be sure to write down short and long term mileposts, and chart your progress as you go. Recruiting a buddy to work out with you can be a great way to stay motivated, too. Make sure you choose as wide a variety of activity as you can, of things that are easily accessible to you.

So don't sign up at a gym all the way across town, or plan on hiking everyday if you live in Seattle. Without a doubt, the hardest part of any workout, is just showing up. So make your resolution as much about just getting yourself out the door on any given day, as you do getting yourself in shape. If you just show up, the rest is easy.

Visualize Succeeding at Your Exercise Resolutions

As you're exercising, see your body evolving into its new, buff form right before your eyes. Picture your end goal in your mind and concentrate on how great you look and feel, for a few minutes every day. When you finish your workout, feel good about the fact that you've done it, and conquered the dragons of lethargy and sloth once again. Which can be pretty big dragons! Also, don't be afraid to reward yourself after a workout, too, so long as it's not a triple cheese fatty mcfat burger with lardy animal fries.

Remained Focus on the Goal

Remember to stay focused on what you want, both in your workout and in life in general. On your exercise days, make the choice to do something good for yourself, something you know you're going to feel better after doing. Nobody but you is going to get you to the gym or to the pool or courts or walking trail.

As a little shoe company once said it, perhaps best, just... do it. Finally, don't be discouraged by setbacks. There's every likelihood that you may stumble and miss a day here or there, just don't let it knock you off track. Get back up, dust yourself off, redouble your resolve, and never look back. And before you know it, you really will be a new you.

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