January 2011 · #67
Hit The New Year Hard!
Welcome to the first Balazs newsletter of 2011. Today is the day to start your journey to being healthier and fitter. Andy and Jamie share some insight on ways to stay motivated and continue with your training.
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Fitness is such an important part of life’s journey because of the health and physical gains and the psychological, social and self-worth benefits. To begin and continue along a new and different path in life (such as daily exercise) is exciting and motivating, but more often it is both difficult to get started and to persevere.

Most have tried exercise programs, have read about them, know what they should be doing, and may even have experienced the many benefits. But just knowing what you should be doing will not give you improvements in your fitness level. You cannot just think about it; you can only improve by doing the activity.

Some of the obstacles you may face when starting an exercise program are self-doubt, lack of confidence, nervousness, and self-condemnation. These obstacles are often

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Staying Motivated...
based on negative past experiences, times when you were not successful in performing an activity. If you are not in the habit of training or exercising, a positive attitude about exercising will not just occur spontaneously. The emotions readily available may only negative ones or none at all. Staying Motivated Start building successful experiences and train your mind to go to these positive times, concentrating on how great it felt and that you were successful. Try to reflect on moments when you were at your best and combat the lazy feeling or the feeling that you do not want to workout because the thoughts and emotions of the unsuccessful times are the ones that pop into your head.

Stay in the moment and try not to give any rating to the performance. Let go of the past and any failures and concentrate and focus on what you are doing Remember, just by starting and doing the activity you have already succeeded. Build on this feeling of accomplishment.

Staying Motivated
Always consult your physician before starting any physical exercise program. Balazs Inc, Andy Dumas and Jamie Dumas assume no responsibility for the improper use of information contained within.
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Keeping a fitness logbook and recording your successes will help you to stay on track, and when you look at all you have done, you can draw on the experiences to keep you motivated.

Exercising regularly gives you a sense of well being. Missing a workout day will just not feel right. On those days that you do not feel like exercising, try to discover why and then set aside that tiny voice that keeps telling you that you really do not want to expend the energy, that you are tired, or you have more important things to do. Just start and if it does not feel right, then stop. Most times once you start exercising you will want to continue, and even if you do stop, at least you have done more than if you have never started.

How we feel and perform is a function of how and what we 

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think. The sense of well being, relaxation, and joy carries over from the workout into the rest of your life. By making the process more important than the outcome, the outcome will result without stress and worry.

Whatever fitness activities you choose to be involved in, take pride in your performance, work the basics, and enjoy the journey. Give yourself time to adapt and grow, and make fitness a long-term, lifetime commitment, a regular part of your everyday life.

Always consult your physician before starting any physical exercise program. Balazs Inc, Andy Dumas and Jamie Dumas assume no responsibility for the improper use of information contained within.

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