Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Why Else Would I Exercise?

“The main reasons people give for exercise is to feel good, to look good, and to live a long, healthy independent life. Other reasons are, to compete in a given sport, or recreational activity. That is, FUN! Physical activity can aid people in establishing and maintaining social connections. These connections can be extremely motivating if participants such as older people have few other social opportunities. Finding an enjoyable and reliable exercise partner is important in keeping on track. Asking friends and family to be supportive and encouraging about exercise goals and schedules is essential. Ask others to remind you about your goals and fitness appointments. Set up fun contests with your friend or trainer to earn extrinsic rewards. Add a social element to your exercise classes by staying after and enjoying a tea together. Get to know your class participants. They obviously have something in common with you already! Positive self talk; ‘I can do this! I want to get stronger!’ -- all helps keep you motivated and on track..."

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