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Summer is a time when we all become more active. It is also a good time to find the activities you enjoy and make them a permanent part of your life.

Don’t procrastinate. It is a delay tactic that has the ability to choke your goals and dreams, and abort the plans and purposes you have for your life, which include health and fitness. Use the longer daylight hours to motivate yourself and try the ideas below to help you make exercise a part of your daily life on a year-round basis.

One of the most important ways to continue a workout program and make it a habit is to find something you enjoy doing. Incorporate activities that include strength training, aerobic exercise and stretching.

Along with your exercise program, be sure to establish a solid nutritional plan. See your doctor before beginning any exercise routine, especially if you have been inactive for six months or more, or are over age 50 and do not exercise on a regular basis. Here are a few tips to stay motivated:

• Write down short- and long-term goals, and track them weekly. Set a time goal for each. To get started on achieving your fitness goal, you need to plan for it and make it a priority. If you keep crowding and cluttering your life with what does not matter, you many never, ever accomplish your goals.

• Keep a daily log of activities, workouts and progress.

• Try a variety of activities to prevent boredom.

• Buy some new workout clothing and shoes. Reward yourself when you reach a goal.

• Make specific appointments with yourself to exercise and stick to your schedule; you may need to manage your time better.

• Establish a good support system by exercising with friends, spouse or children.

The process of goal accomplishment, like most things in life, begins with a decision. Decide what you want to achieve, and then plan how and when you intend to achieve it. Make up your mind and stop second-guessing yourself. When your mind is made up, nothing can stop you from making progress in fulfilling your goals.


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