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5 Ways to Stay Motivated

Posted Jan 17 2011 9:39am

Hitting a plateau happens to even the most dedicated exercisers. Here are five ways to stay motivated:

Change your goals.
If your goals are too ambitious -- like completing a triathlon -- then aim for something more achievable.

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Make it fun.
Change up your routine; adding variety to your workouts can improve results, according to studies. Take a belly dancing class or go hiking.

Work out with friends.
Studies show exercising with a friend or colleague can help you stay motivated.

Buy yourself a reward.
A trip, a new gadget, a day at the spa -- rewards can keep you moving toward a workout milestone.

Create a virtual support group.
Reach out to other people on Facebook, Twitter or message boards who are trying to achieve the same exercise goals.

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