Saturday, November 13, 2010

You Have To Change Your Mind!

How many Monday mornings have you started a new workout routine, only to find yourself too tired to get out of bed?  Your not alone.  Most new exercisers quit within three to six months, according to the American College of Sports Medicine.  One reason is people are trying to do too much. What people don't realize is that getting into healthful habits involves more than going fro a run or popping in an exercise DVD before or after work.

According to Shane Murphy, PhD., associate professor of psychology at Western Connecticut State University and author of The Sports Psychology Handbook, "It's hard to jump from an early stage of change to a later stage before you're ready." And even if you are ready, progressing is still a challenge.  Below are some suggestions on changing your mind according to an article in Better Homes and Gardens, September 2010 issue.
Stage I: Surround yourself with supportive friends and family and gather information about ways to get started.  Research local clubs, gyms, and sports of interest to you.  Write pros and cons of altering your lifestyle to realize the importance of making a change.
Stage 2: Start small by planning short 10 minute exercise goals.  Look for a motivated friend or join a local team with other players at your level.  Try walking, tennis, bowling, or skating.
Stage 3: Find a class that's nearby to lessen travel time.  Join a gym that offers babysitting, or buy a jog stroller and involve your child.  Buy new exercise shoes or an outfit for motivation. If you need to just purchase exercise videos you will enjoy.
Stage 4: Don't beat yourself up if you miss a day or two.  Be proud of what you've already accomplished.  Realize you're making a lifelong commitment and reward yourself.
Stage 5: Add variety and challenge to avoid relapses.  It's not about weight lose it's about healthy living. Don't forget to include the entire family in some exercise and health program.


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