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14 Tips for Starting and Sticking with a Workout Routine

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  • I don't see a date on this article (by Julie Isphording). How about SparkPeople DIVERSIFY the people whose articles you publish??? Part of # 6 in this article reads: "Put the pain in perspective. When the going gets tough, ***remember that you have survived 600 carpools, 540 loads of laundry (this month), 41 baseball games, 230 dinners..." *** -- I am a grandmother, spouse, mother, daughter to both of my living parents (married to each other for decades), sibling, etc. Yet the earlier description SO does not describe my life (for which I'm thankful). "Baseball" is FAR from the only youth or community activity. My daughter was on a YWCA swim team, and more. And, if people are doing 540 loads of wash per month, how much water must they be wasting?!? Thanks so much! - 8/14/2016 10:22:32 PM
  • I use to tell my husband that if my girls call, tell them I went to the gym, "Michelle's Gym"
    I would feel guilty if I didn't take their phone calls, but if I get interupted while exercising, then I wouldn't finish. Make your exercise time at home, YOUR GYM. :) - 6/29/2016 7:52:54 PM
  • Just show up!! That one is for me. Sometimes I cannot walk much at the gym - cramps in legs. But just going helps reinforce the habit. So am doing much better now.
    And, I find that even a few minutes on the treadmill does make a difference in how I feel the rest of the day.
    barb - 5/29/2016 11:01:59 AM
  • Thanks, Julie. Good, sound advice! - 1/27/2016 11:58:04 AM
  • Thanks for tips. I will use one and make an appointment with my golds gym bike and do 30 minutes with the 8 week wt. loss setting. This will be my second 8 weeks, though first 8 weeks I only lost 2 pounds. I am setting another 8 weeks using Sparks menu and goals. - 1/24/2016 3:18:44 PM
  • JUDYERAE
    I, too, resonate with the "just shown up" tip. - 1/14/2016 10:27:08 AM
  • ANGIELYNE
    Turning Workouts into Playouts is my motto. I use Kinect video games to work out. Its good to start out with childrens games if you are really out of shape and then move up to the dancing games and then the actual fitness games. If you love to play games it is so fun you will forget you are getting a workout. The next day your muscles will tell you just how much you really did. I play Disneyland and that game is no joke. You are doing squats and arm movements. Something you will not get with walking and you don't even notice you are exercising because it is so much fun. - 12/10/2015 9:14:34 AM
  • #10 - just show up... funny! in one city where I lived, I travelled past my gym in the morning on the way to work. I didn't have time to exercise in the morning. But I'd get off the bus, drop my gym stuff in a locker. They emptied the lockers at night and threw everything out... So on my way home, usually late, exhausted and not feeling AT ALL like exercising, I had to get off the bus to get my gym bag... Every time I'd think "I'm not gonna work out, just grab my bag and leave." Once I showed up... and saw everyone else sweating it out... I always decided to just do a few minutes of weights, or stretching, or... And it almost always led to a full workout! Sometimes we have to trick ourselves. - 12/9/2015 11:46:34 AM
  • Workouts are not fun. Why does everyone try to make them out to be anything other a grueling time of sweating, struggling, many times with little to show for it? I exercise because I have to, not because I want to. There is no activity I enjoy, unless you count reading, playing the piano and singing activities. - 5/7/2015 9:48:17 PM
  • How about stop calling it a workout, which has the word work in it? Stop thinking of it as work and start thinking of it as fun. - 4/19/2015 8:44:01 PM
  • JOHNNYBOY123456
    thank you
    - 1/3/2015 3:29:42 PM
  • #1 is so true but so hard. The thing I remember is that I thought I wasn't good enough while wearing my size 4 clothes. So it has nothing to do with size, if you don't learn to live life for things other than weight you'll never be good enough. - 9/14/2014 7:21:18 PM
  • Very inspiring! I printed to put up on bulletin board. - 8/12/2014 11:42:24 AM
  • I've been working on Comment #1 since my 60th birthday, 2 years ago. Only this year have I really come to terms with the fact that I'll never look 21 again! - 5/4/2014 1:51:29 PM
  • KTEUTSCH
    Great tips. My favorite is the last one HAVE FUN. Thanks to my granddaughter I am learning that exercise can be fun. - 4/21/2014 9:11:08 PM

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