If You Have Been Neglecting Your Exercise Needs:

1. Practice positive self-talk: “I am worthy of healthy behavior. I deserve to take time to exercise.”

2. Avoid “all or nothing” thinking. For example, don’t say, “I only have 10 minutes for exercise – why bother?” Every 10 minutes helps to build a regular routine and relieve stress.

3. Begin slowly – don’t risk injury by over-doing. Set realistic, achievable goals.

4. Remember, pains means STOP! “No Pain, No Gain” is a dangerous myth. Follow safety guidelines.

5. Scheduled exercise into your weekly calendar – make it just as important as other appointments.

6. Pair up with an exercise buddy. Knowing someone is counting on you can help maintain commitment.

7. Choose exercise you enjoy. Although exercise must be somewhat vigorous to be beneficial, even a leisurely stroll can improve health. Maintain an element of fun.

8. Check with your Doctor before you start.

9. Remember, moderation and safety must be primary concerns.
Copyrighted 1994 fitness movementLinda Ciotola, M.Ed., CHES (ret.),TEP