Get Moving! Moves to Lose

Riding a bike

Get Moving!

Do you procrastinate – or start an exercise program and quit after a few months? You’re not alone. Try these tips and see if they help you stick to a regime:

  • Do what you enjoy. If you’re not keen on the gym, go skiing, sledding, or just get out and walk!
  • Reward yourself. If you stick to your routine, you’ll see results. Treat yourself to a massage or shopping trip.
  • Be flexible. Life can get in the way of your activity habit. Try working out at home with hand weights or a yoga DVD.
  • Record your progress. By taking note of your activities, and how they made you feel, you’ll see tangible results. We even offer some free printable workout logs: Workout Log or Weight Training Log.

Bored at the Gym?

Try new activities until you find something you enjoy such as tennis with a league, inline skating, walking around your neighborhood, or a combination of activities. Also, make your exercise sessions pleasurable. Listen to music or a book on tape, watch television, or read a magazine while you are on a treadmill or elliptical trainer. If possible, recruit a workout buddy — your spouse, best friend — or train for a charity event.

To break the monotony, do something different every workout. Walk one day, take a new fitness class the next, and lift body building on the third day. Or alternate between several activities in one workout. If you belong to a health club, do 10 or 15 minutes each on a bike, treadmill and elliptical trainer.

Maximize Results

To get maximum results on your exercise plan, do any of these activities four days a week:

Ride a bike at 12 miles per hour (or work up to 12 MPH if that is too difficult at the moment).


Get moving on a bike.
Get moving on a bike.


Run at a 6 mile per hour pace for 45 minutes.


Get moving on a run.
Get moving on a run.


Go in-line skating for 40 minutes.


In Line Skating
In Line Skating


Swim fast laps using the crawl stroke for 40 minutes.



Add incentive to your workout by partnering with a friend. Make an outdoor exercise date to get moving on each others favorite trail. Join a gym together or share a personal trainer. Sharing a commitment to good health and applauding each others accomplishments is great fuel for any relationship.

Author: Jeni

Certified by the Professional School of Fitness and Nutrition in March, 1995; honored for exemplary grades. Practicing fitness and nutrition for over 20 years. Featured in the Feb. 1994 issue of "Shape" magazine. Featured in Collage in the spring issue of 1995 Low fat recipe's published in Taste of Home, Quick Cooking, and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, among others. September, 2001: Featured in "Winning The War on Cholesterol" By Rodale Publishing

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