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11 Tips for Exercising Regularly

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11 Tips for Exercising Regularly

By Gretchen Rubin, DivineCaroline via The Happiness Project

Exercise is one of the keys to happiness. Research shows that people who exercise are healthier, more energetic, think more clearly, sleep better, and have delayed onset of dementia. They get relief from anxiety and mild depression, comparable to medication and therapy. They perform better at work.

Also, although it’s tempting to flop down on the couch when you’re feeling exhausted, exercise is actually a great way to boost energy levels. Feeling tired is a reason to exercise, not a reason to skip exercise.

But even when you admit that you’d feel better if you exercised, it can be very hard to adopt the habit. My idea of fun has always been to lie in bed and read, preferably while also eating a snack, but I’ve managed to keep myself exercising by using all these tricks on myself:

1. Always exercise on Monday. This sets the psychological pattern for the week. Along those lines …

2. If at all possible, exercise first thing in the morning. As the day wears on, you’ll find more excuses to skip exercising. Get it checked off your list, first thing.

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At DivineCaroline.com, women come together to learn from experts in the fields, of health, sustainability, and culture; to reflect on shared experiences; and to express themselves by writing and publishing stories about anything that matters to them. Here, real women publish like real pros. Together, with our staff writers, they’re discussing all facets of women’s lives from relationships and careers, to travel and healthy living. So come discover, read, learn, laugh and connect at DivineCaroline.com.

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4:13AM PDT on Aug 11, 2013

Just reading this article is exhausting...I really need to get back into shape!:)

7:36AM PDT on Jul 27, 2013

Nice tips!

4:52AM PDT on Jul 14, 2013

It all depends on our attitude

9:00AM PDT on Mar 27, 2012

I find that sharing my commitment with friends and having a friendly competition with them (to see who can exercise all 7 days of a week, or what not) is really motivating to me. In fact there's this new app that came out called "You're On!" where you can share and complete challenges with facebook friends that I started using to help me with my exercise goals. You can check it out here: www.changeanything.com/youre-on-app

3:51PM PDT on May 13, 2011

I just need to make myself walk one mile everyday and work up to 2 miles after a couple of weeks. i need a excercise partner though...and please don't say get a dog...not going to happen, we have a cat and live in an apartment.

5:28AM PDT on May 10, 2011

I catch up with my family while I'm on my walk, I have a bluetooth and I talk with them. It makes the time go faster. My sister will even go for a walk while I'm on the phone with her too... she lives 4 hours away from me, but we can encourage each other to exercise that way...

9:36PM PST on Jan 1, 2011

I find that listening to my ipod while exercising makes me go for longer! It's boring without music, in my opinion anyway.

2:14AM PST on Dec 25, 2010

Thanks

12:35AM PST on Dec 9, 2010

ok...

2:36PM PST on Dec 8, 2010

All this may be true, but you know what the worst thing for me is? Being in a society that is not as happy as me, sometimes its lonely and it can make me feel left out and not understood unless they exercise themselves.

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