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4. Think fun and variety

4. Think fun and variety

By nature, humans need change and variety to stay motivated . We also need to have fun — even while we’re working hard. Do both!

Listen to your inner voice when choosing the best workout for you, says Fowler.

Workout variety also challenges your body in unique ways, which may introduce you to new muscle groups you didn’t even know you had. Consider disciplines that give you more bang for your buck, suggests Haberstro. Ta’i chi and yoga, for example, serve dual purposes as mental therapy and physical activity. Or try a workout DVD to help you shake up your routine.

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Most committed exercisers do it every day before the sun rised or late at night when the kids are in bed. Sit down with your weekly schedule and try to build in an hour each day to be good to your body.

In America, some tend to have trouble asking for help, says Bowling. Yet in order to stick to a fitness program, we need buy-in and encouragement from other people.

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