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Go random! Most treadmills, ellipticals, and other exercise machines have different programs, like Hills, Fat Burn, etc. Intervals are a fantastic way to torch calories and improve cardiovascular fitness and endurance. Try the Random program to keep your muscles guessing!
Unless you have been an athlete, start slowly with exericise. Even doing several short walks is better that trying to do a whole mile the first day you start. Build up to your goals.
Working out on those elliptical trainers at the gym can be fun, especially if you are listening to music or an audiobook on your iPod. But after a while, the routine can get stale. Many people only use their legs and just let their arms "hang on for the ride", but this is not an effective workout.
At 50 years of age I discovered exercise. I started small like walking on a treadmill, then went out walking on road. Once I got that going I decided to run. Now at almost 65 I am still running. Love it and appreciate you can still be active when you get old. 5 k's rock!!
I make myself 'earn' minutes to watch TV or play computer games by exercising. ie, to watch 30 minutes of TV, I need 30 minutes of activity. 'activity' includes household chores, so this gets me moving, limits how much junk I watch, and gives me a dual purpose for using the vacuum.
Every day I try to do something different on my Wii Fit. Aerobics one day...Balance the next and then a day of Yoga... But..Every day I try to do the free step to get in at least 100 steps. It makes me FEEL GOOD!! I KNOW that I am getting my heart beating and I am burning those calories!! YIPPE
Make a plan to meet somebody at the gym at a certain time. Ask them not to tell you if they can't make it for some reason. This way, you HAVE to show up, because they could be counting on you, and there is less chance for you to back out if they do!