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Staying With It

Health NewsOK, so you've started an exercise program. (Read about "Getting Started") You're determined to take that walk, get to the gym, or whatever it is you're planning to pursue. And for about a week or two, you do follow through.

But then, things start coming up. Maybe you skip a day you'd planned to work out, then two days. And soon, you've fallen back into the old habit of not exercising at all.

If that sounds like an all too familiar pattern, it doesn't have to be that way; there are things that can help you stay with your fitness plan. For example, the American Academy of Family Physicians suggests you keep to a schedule, by exercising the same time every day. They also suggest that you put your scheduled time on your calendar like any other appointment.

Here are some other suggestions, compiled from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and the American Council on Exercise (ACE)

Of course, as you work on your fitness goals, always remember to keep safety in mind. Nothing can derail a fitness program like an injury. (Read about "Avoid Sports Injury") As always, before starting an exercise program, and whenever you have any questions about your particular conditions as they relate to exercise, talk with your doctor.

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