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When beginning an exercise program, make sure to start out small.
I used to set up big, ambitious goals for myself and quickly fail because it seemed to be TOO MUCH WORK!
This time, I've been able to stick to it for a long time because I started small, making sure to just do 10 minutes of strength training a day. Once that was easy and a normal part of my routine, I GRADUALLY stepped it up so as not to lose motivation.

- Submitted by DOYOUWASH 12/9/2010 in Exercise | 9 Comments
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SDBETTS26 12/9/2010 4:04:00 PM

    Yes!!! That's exactly what I've been doing! I have learned that I can go far longer (distance & time) on the treadmill if I just take it easy and set up only small goals :) I'm always reaching them & therefore I'm proud of my accomplishments instead of beating myself up mentally because I didn't run a mile straight on my first day. Keep up the good work!!
J2740LOU 9/23/2013 10:57:00 PM

    Good advice. Always start small and build from there. Thanks for sharing.
BANNERMAN 9/23/2013 7:49:00 PM

    Thanks for sharing.
DELLMEL 9/23/2013 4:07:00 PM

    Great info. That's what everyone need to learn starting out slow.
PROPMAN1 9/23/2013 2:55:00 PM

    Starting small - best way to begin anything new.
LCRUMLEY81 9/23/2013 2:39:00 PM

    Couldn't agree more
PATTIEMCD 9/23/2013 11:49:00 AM

    10 min of anything is doable for me right now....
GINGERVISTA 9/23/2013 9:15:00 AM

    Couldn't agree more! Used to go from total couch potato to training like an Olympic athlete &......big surprise, I burned out in no time!
That's what's so good about following SP.....everything gradual & small so we can stick with the changes & develop healthy habits. emoticon
MBTEPP 9/23/2013 7:49:00 AM

    mini goals are the best motivator. keep up the good work.

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