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Friday, March 16, 2007

Good intentions aren't enough to get you off the couch

What can turn your willpower around: the three Cs--commitment, consistency, and convenience.

1. Commitment
To bring a greater sense of responsibility to working out, write an exercise contract that specifies when, where, and how they'll be more active. Sign it, asking a friend or family member to be your witness. It sounds crazy, but making your commitment public helps you to follow through.

2. Consistency
Tell yourself that no matter what, you'll work out today, even if it's just for 10 minutes. You don't have to be perfect--just being active every day will reinforce the idea that exercise is a habit worth your time.

3. Convenience
Get ruthlessly honest about what kind of fitness truly fits into your life. If you like kickboxing, Pilates, or yoga, but you never seem to get to the classes, try using DVDs at home. No time? Stash sneakers in your car and office so you can walk whenever the occasion arises. Ultimately, that's how we all get fit--doing the best we can a few minutes at a time, day after day.


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