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What motivates you to exercise?

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June 15th, 2009
Old Is the New Young

There's a lot of information out there about exercise which exercises are best, what kind of activity produces which results, how often to exercise, etc. None of this information is useful if you lack the motivation to start in the first place. I received several e-mails about my June exercise article in the Your Health section of The Erickson Tribune. Many people agreed about needing motivation to exercise and wanted to know more. Here are some tips:

Think of positive reasons to exercise. Rather than saying to yourself, "I NEED to exercise because I am overweight," say "I WANT to exercise to have more energy!" Exercising to lose weight may be a powerful motivator for some people, but if you focus only on your excess weight, you may not stick to a program. Think of all the things you could do if you had more energy play longer with the grandkids, get out and socialize more, travel . . .

Find a partner. If you are accountable to someone, you are more likely to stick to a program, and it makes exercising more fun.

Join an exercise group. Joining a group is a good idea if you need a lot of flexibility and want to meet people. People who tend to show up regularly for exercise groups are those who have developed a personal connection with one or two others in the group. To stay motivated, get to know other group members.

Find more information about exercise in Old is the New Young, Erickson's book coming out in August. I co-authored this useful guide to healthy living and it is packed with the latest research and tips for truly successful aging. You can pre-order your copy at a reduced price from Amazon. Happy reading!