Fighting Your Inner Sloth: Getting Into a Daily Exercise Routine
- Always having a Plan B —If they intended to go for a walk and it is raining, they head for an exercise bike.
- Seeing exercise as a welcome break, not an imposition
- Rewarding themselves for sticking with it
- Expecting obstacles —Something is going to get in the way, such as an injury. Regular exercisers view it as a temporary bump in the road and not a barrier.
- Not overexerting —An injury can cause many adult exercisers to drop out of their routine. Long term exercisers aren't as likely to experience serious injuries due to their appropriate level of activity.
- Keeping themselves entertained —Many studies have found that music provides positive encouragement and motivation to those who exercise.
- Exercising in the morning —The later it gets, the more excuses most people find not to work out.
- Learning how to win those "internal dialogues'' —Your inner athlete must have the last word.
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- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 01/2013 -
- Update Date: 01/28/2013 -