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Get In Shape This Summer

get-in-shape-for-the-summerWhen summer’s on its way, it’s easy to say what’s the point of getting into shape if you’re not already there? Because summer is the best time to get into shape or maintain it, thanks to warm weather, more varied activities and abundant fresh produce. Having a hard time staying motivated?

According to reams of research, boredom is the number one reason people slack off in their exercise routines. Wouldn’t it be great if you could make exercise something you not only did on a daily basis, but also something you looked forward to? It’ll take some effort to shake up your exercise routine, but it’s well worth it, as you’re more likely to stick to it if you’re interested and excited. Sign up for a fitness class you’ve never tried before. What about belly dancing or kayaking? The possibilities are endless.

You can also employ the buddy system. There are two reasons this is effective: one is that people often will do for others what they won’t do for themselves, and two, the competitive instinct. Find a buddy who has the same level of commitment and who will shore you up when you’re feeling weak and vice versa. One caveat, however: Support is a good thing as long as your exercise program is not contingent upon the availability of another. Ultimately, your motivation must come from within. If you can’t find a human buddy, some folks find a dog who’s always ready to go for a walk or run extremely motivating.