features & articles : resolutions to keep
Americans know the benefits of regular daily physical activity. In fact
the Surgeon General says that as little as 30 minutes of brisk walking or
cycling a day is enough to improve your energy level and mood, aid with
weight loss, and reduce your risk for a host of chronic afflictions and
an early demise. But how do you make physical activity a habit that will
stick? By setting reasonable goals, building gradually, and keeping your
activity fun. Here are eight tips from Mark Fenton, author of "The
Complete Guide to Walking for Health, Weight Loss, and Fitness," on
setting and reaching your goals.
1. Choose "internal" rather than "external"
2. Focus on an enjoyable process, not a specific
3. Have both short and long term goals.
4. Tell others about your goal.
5. Plan real rewards for meeting your goals.
6. Keep an exercise log or diary.
7. Sign up for an event.
8. Join an organized or informal
club or a team.