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When I started I could only do 10 minutes on a recumbent bike. Make the best out of that 10 minutes and increase your time each week. I am up to 60 minutes of cardio for each workout session and often add a water aerobics class in after that. Start small because you will see large results.
Morning exercisers are made, not born. It only takes 14 days to form a habit - once you realize how great it feels to start your day with your workout already accomplished, you'll want to keep setting your alarm at 5:30!
Exercise is a tough thong for many people, but try it, start slow and keep working on consistence and increasing your time. The funny thing is that those lovely endorphins will kick in and you feel great. You will want more and slowly start to like it!!
I've always hated running, but I started jogging on the treadmill. Now I love it! AND I've lost 6 lbs since I began 2 weeks ago! So challenge yourself with something you think you won't like. You may surprise yourself. I sure did!
Instead of sitting on the couch and watching those commercials during your favorite TV show, get up and exercise instead. It's a good time to do leg lifts, walk or run in place, lift weights, etc. If nothing else, just get moving. Even folding laundry can count. You do lots of bending over just taking it out of the dryer. With today's TV shows, sometimes the commercials take more time than the show itself. That's lots of exercise and at least you are not tempted by the food ones.
I keep an extra pair of shoes and socks in the trunk of my car so I can throw them on and get some walking in sometimes like if I find I have a little extra time, or see a trail or park that looks inviting, or for any other time when I might be able to take a short quick walk. Great way to get in some more exercise, whether it's 10 minutes or half an hour.
When you're feeling hungry and are fighting the urge to snack, go drink a glass of water. Wait 10-20 minutes, and if you're still hungry, go eat a healthy snack. If the water filled you up, you just saved yourself some calories.
In my OMAT team, we pick one reasonable and reachable goal for each month and work on that small goal for a whole month. By the time the month is done, you've now broken an old habit and created a new one! I've been doing this since September 2013 and it's the one thing that helped me finally budge the scale!