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How to Motivate Yourself to Exercise

exercise motivation Oct 01, 2019

As the days grow shorter and the weather turns damp and dreary, keeping yourself motivated to exercise is vital to your health and well being. 

Why Exercise is Essential
The research is clear: 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise five days a week, plus 30 minutes of strength training two days per week, significantly lowers your risk for stroke, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, depression, certain types of cancer, arthritis and falls. Regular exercise has been shown to be as effective as anti-depressants for improving mood.

Begin with your Mindset

Your mindset can make or break your motivation. Start paying attention to your thoughts and words. Do you have an exercise avoidance mindset or an exercise motivation mindset?


DO YOU HAVE AN EXERCISE AVOIDANCE MINDSET? Do you:
* Vividly imagine the discomfort of the exercise process (being hot, sweaty, strained, out of breath)?
* Do you say things like “I hate exercise, it's hard, it's boring?”
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