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Winning Ways:
Avoiding Exercise Drop Out

Wednesday, June 16, 1999

By Gregory "Graig" White
SJSports Physical Fitness Advisor

With summer quickly approaching, many people have found the time to start working on their "Beach Bodies". However, fifty percent of you will not see your workouts to the end. Most will drop out within six months. Even people who exercise regularly must avoid the pitfalls that keep people from reaching their goals. Here are some suggestions to help you get the body you want.

  1. You must believe that an exercise program will make a difference in your life.

  2. Set goals that are realistic and consistent with your age and the amount of time you have to exercise.

  3. Create a program that is personalized just for you. It has to be enjoyable and fit your lifestyle and needs.

  4. Get support from your friends and family. Those who have support are more likely to stick with it.

  5. Identify obstacles that may get in your way (lack of time, money, etc.) and find ways to overcome them.

  6. Work not to "think too much". People tend to intellectualize concepts dealing with exercise. It's not rocket science, get out and get to work.

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