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Monday, May 30, 2011

Motivation…..Pleasanton Residents are Lazy!

Have you ever started an exercise program that lasted only a few weeks or months because you simply lacked the motivation to keep it going? If you answered yes, you're certainly not alone. That’s right, many people including myself are guilty of the same type of motivational issues.  As for me, more times then I wish to mention. It seems we all start out with the best of intentions, then somewhere down the line we just lose interest. In the very beginning I can imagine a world of fitness is within my reach. Many people start fitness programs but stop because they get bored or there is a sense that their goals are being achieved too slowly. However, it doesn't need to be that way. In an attempt to understand why this happens and how to prevent it, I spoke with my new personal trainer Mark Rogers (Who by the way is an outstanding motivational influence), I interviewed a number of people and incorporated my own personal experiences. I took the input from these resources and then searched the internet for some recommended tips that most closely addressed this issue. I found a list of tips that the Mayo Clinic had compiled. The following seven tips were provided to help you stay motivated in your personal fitness program.
1. Set goals
Start with simple goals and then progress to longer range goals. Remember to make your goals realistic and achievable. It's easy to get frustrated and give up if your goals are too ambitious. For example, if you haven't exercised in a while, a short-term goal might be to walk five minutes once or twice a day. An intermediate goal might be to walk 20 minutes three or four times a week. A long-term goal might be to complete a 5K walk.
2. Make it fun
Find sports or activities that you enjoy, then vary the routine to keep you on your toes. If you're not enjoying your workouts, try something different. Join a volleyball or softball league. Take a ballroom dancing class. Check out a health club or martial arts center. Discover your hidden athletic talent. Remember, exercise doesn't have to be drudgery — and you're more likely to stick with a fitness program if you're having fun. 
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