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When I got a Stationary Bicycle



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by starting small and building up. It also helps to exercise with friends!


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by doing it and finding things I like, such as swimming and dancing

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by just doing it

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Never 'learned' to like it. I walked 6-10 km a day for over a year and a half... still not a habit. I have to force myself daily. If I enjoyed exercise I would no be fat ha ha... c'est la gare.

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Still trying to learn to.



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I stopped using exercise as a tool to burn calories or punish myself for eating something and started focusing on what I actually felt like doing. If it was a gentle stretching session, then that's what I did. Exercise makes me feel a lot better after sitting at a desk all day and it also helps me manage stress.

Also, making sure I eat enough helps a lot. No wonder I disliked exercise when I wasn't eating enough calories and had no energy.

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I learned by finding a form of exercise I enjoy doing and made that my primary, I added strength because my doctor recommended I do it. However, walking is my main form of exercise. I may never get “buff” but I am getting fit. :)

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I've learned to love exercise because it lowers my pain level which I battle daily. I also love the music I play while I exercise.



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I had a love/hate relationship with the gym, when I was a powerlifter.

Since then, I have had a hernia, and have a heart condition, so now instead of 365 lb. bench presses, I do 90..lol. This actually lets me feel, and work the muscle better, and I get a better burn, but not building much muscle.. just staying limber.

I enjoy lifting weights this way, but most of my exercise is outdoors.. walking 5 days a week, playing basketball, throwing a football around.. playing. You don't have to strain on an elliptical for an hour a day... unless you like that. Take a bike ride instead, or do something you love to do, like swimming. I prefer wading. At least I am not on a couch.

I never learned to love lifting heavy even after 10 years. I ached, and was exhausted after workouts, but my goal was max weight, while trying to get light as possible bodyweight wise, so I could get in a lower weight class, and lift enough to win... it was WORK.

Do what you love to do already, and you will enjoy yourself. Most of us just want to look good once we lose the weight, and you can do that gardening, or playing Frisbee.. you may not have a 6 pack, but you'll look good in clothes, and feel better if your exercise isn't a chore.



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I grew up this way only when we were kids we called it playing. Doing things that you enjoy makes it easier.

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Jack LaLanne, the Godfather of Fitness lived to be a healthy 96, and he worked out 2 hours everyday, but he said he really hated exercise, as he was as lazy as anyone else, but he loved the results and benefits it gave him.



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I don't enjoy "exercise" per se, but I enjoy playing and working to accomplish something. This morning I will be doing "arm" work by hauling buckets of water to my garden (along with aerobic exercise). I'll do sprints back to the water barrels.

When going up stairs, I always take them two at a time. The way I did it as a kid, when I was in terrific shape! I also played all day by skating, riding my bike, playing basketball. These are things I try to keep doing because they are fun and reduce stress. The pressure of going to a gym, paying for a gym rob me of joy. Playing adds to my joy. This weekend we went on a hike in the mountains. My goal is to either go on a hike or a bike ride every weekend.

So my advice is: Play!

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I have always enjoyed it, but finding things I like to do specifically has helped. For example, running is probably the most efficient form of exercise for me - heart rate stays high, good results, low investment of time and equipment - but I don't love it so I mix in lots of other things like zumba, karate, weights, videos, cardio circuit, etc.

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Find something you like to do. For example I hate the treadmill, so I do not do it. I find other fun ways of working on my cardio. I get it done with interval training. I also enjoy doing kettle bells which do both cardio and strength together. My gym has a 30 minute express workout, that is fun to do.

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By no longer thinking of it as "exercise". For me, once something becomes a task on a checklist, then I get bored of it and will find excuses to skip it.

I shouldn't do that, but I do and I think it's important that I recognize that that is my behavior.

So I find activities that I enjoy doing for the mere pleasure of doing the activity. And if I can get friends to join me or find friends in the activity, then I feel accountable to them to show up.

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My preference has always been competitive sports, tennis, badminton, pickleball, volleyball etc. I am recovering from knee surgery and take aquafit classes for rehab and I hate the pool. I really dislike the whole communal bathing element, getting cold and wet, the chlorine and what it does to my skin and hair and the monotony of the water exercises. Did I mention I like competitive sports, so the pool doesn't cut it for me. BUT, what I do like is what it does for my knee and my whole body. I always feel better after and that makes me want to exercise. It is the results that matter and while I prefer moving body in other ways, the benefits outweigh any displeasure.

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I don’t know if I have learned to “enjoy” it so much as accept it as part of my overall journey. I still don’t jump up with “Yay, I want to exercise,” and probably never will. However, I do enjoy the feeling of accomplishment when I can say I did my walk or push ups or strength training for the day,

I also know that it is helping me to burn additional calories and that’s helping me to lose weight. So while I don’t necessarily enjoy it I do appreciate it as a part of my journey to a thinner, healthier me.

Being positive is a choice. My Mantra: “Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day." Each morning seek the positive and you will have a good day. Always remember, “Your only competition is YOU.”

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I haven't yet :/

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Good music is the key for me.



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I had to learn what exercises I liked. So that means trying out a lot of types of exercise -- swimming, running/jogging (indoor and outdoor), stationary cycling, biking, strength training, dancing, rock climbing, Zumba, yoga, volleyball, flag football, lacrosse, etc. TRY TRY TRY. And it is normal to go through "phases" too. Like there was a time in my life where I *loved* running. I ran for 60 minutes non-stop...that was my normal workout. Then I really loved the elliptical, and did that for 45-60 mins per day, 5-6x/week for years! Then I got tired of that. Now I've been doing aerial arts (pole dancing, aerial yoga) for 2 years, and I'm still loving that. So try a ton of different activities and find what you like and what you get excited to get out of the house and do. And its TOTALLY OKAY to admit when you're burnt out on it and give yourself a break from that particular activity, and find something else you like.

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Have not yet.. still hopeing



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Pickleball......it was a blast from the first time I hit the first ball



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I never use to be super active or had any interest in fitness. I tried going to the gym before but I found it intimidating as I didn't know what to do or how to work out and I tried getting a personal trainer but the cost became too much and in hindsight I don't think I was really ready to get fit. In 2010 I was going to the pool and gym with a friend but 3 months into it i got into a car accident and I did not have transportation so I couldn't go to the pool which then I fell off the fitness wave.

I love music and I love dancing. So my cousin asked me to try zumba classes with her and I was going once a week and have been going now for 3-4 years now. I wanted something more though as it wasn't enough and recently in April, my friend invited me to try a kickboxing circuit and I fell in love with it the first day. I have always had a temper and needed a form of healthy physical release and kickboxing has really helped me control my anger.

I was in martial arts as a kid, tried rugby in high school but nothing really stuck. I knew I wanted to continue with the kickboxing because I wanted to fix my form and learn to do it properly. I'm now up to 3 days/week for exercising and I've noticed a change in my body and muscles are showing up where I thought there were none haha. I still go to zumba because I love to dance but I am loving the circuit training as well.

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Through powerlifting

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i started slowly trying things out and then new things. I finally figured out what I liked.

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In my months of weight loss I enjoyed because I could fit 1-200 calories more into my food plan.
Then I noticed it is Quality Time With Myself, helps me stay free from upsetting thoughts about work and family, and helps me stay calm.
Then I noticed how much stronger I got, and my balance and coordination improved, and everyday tasks all seem easy.
Finally I realized my exercise paradox: being inactive makes me tired, lazy and drowsy, while exercising makes me energetic and alert.
Note: I exercise moderately, 30 min yoga and either a short run or walk every day.

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trying a variety of things. I try not to do the same thing everyday. I like exercising in the water.

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I really do think it grows on you.

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I really can't say that I love it. I just do it, anyway.

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Simply put... MUSIC

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I learned to love it when I realized I felt amazing after I worked out.

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by enjoying the results



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To love exercise, I had to find something I really, really enjoyed. I tried running but I have pronation and plantar fasciitis issues and I couldn't handle the foot pain. I would go to the gym and be good to go once I was there but I didn't exactly enjoy it. Then I started taking Tae Kwon Do. I had tried it in my 20s, but was having back issues and only did it for a year. I really liked it though.

When I turned 40 I realized I had to do something for exercise and keep with it. I just didn't like the gym enough to go consistently, so I went back to Tae Kwon Do. It's a little pricier than a gym membership, but I've been back at it for two years now. I enjoy the variety of activities you do in one class. Plus there's motivation in getting my next belt and there's always more to learn and to challenge yourself with, both mentally and physically.

Not that I don't struggle with motivation to go to class after a long day at work, but actually enjoying TKD helps me put on my uniform and go anyway. But even on those days where I would rather be home on the couch, I enjoy being in class about 1000 times more than I ever enjoyed the gym. And there's the added benefit of feeling pretty cool when I break boards!





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I really still don't, though there are moments I do. I more find it satisfying when I'm finished than enjoying it during.

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Repeating and seeing the results!



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IT's always a struggle, however I understand that I must incorporate it in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle!!!



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At this age, exercise doesn't just make me feel better, it helps me be better. I process emotions, communication, and so many things in a healthier way when I exercise.

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I love the results, defined muscle--and good tone which looks nice in clothing; And I do the types of exercise that are fun and enjoyable. I used to swim a lot as I enjoyed it, like walking and love Leslie Sansone videos and strength training.

Opposite: I do not like the sluggish feeling from not exercising, and I sleep better when I exercise.

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The results ig gives me and helps me feel like I am making myself healthier



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Still working on it.



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I missed it when I couldn't exercise!



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Love the feel good endorphins I get and it makes me think better

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180 minutes of Pickleball inside at 6AM



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I'm sorry, but I don't enjoy exercising, especially when I'm having pains in back and hip. I've never been athletic, a total klutz. I walk when I can.



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I used to hate excercising although I did it anyway. Only when I started to use our workplace gym early in the morning when nobody else was there, playing the music out loud, singing and dancing along while doing my sets at my own pace, at my own way... I actually started to miss going back to gym. Nowadays I am waiting for those great weekend mornings when I can start my free days at the gym singing and dancing coming home with a biiig smile on my face!



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I enjoy the benefits and the feel good I get from that release of chemicals in the brain.

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To enjoy exercise, I looked for workouts that I wanted to try, that wouldn't hurt my arthritic knees too much, and that were set to music (which is something that makes it more enjoyable for me). I started with chair yoga (I had always wanted to try yoga), then added salsa dancing (sounded fun and it is!) and kick boxing. I've also added Tai Chi, which I felt was important for stress relief and working on my concentration. When I walk, I bring my husband and we chat while we walk/ride (my hubby's in a wheelchair). He doesn't get tired out because he's in a power wheelchair, and I get the exercise I need to keep sparking.and arms.

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It became a part of my routine



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I picked something I like to do.

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I've always enjoyed exercise, and why not? It feels GREAT!



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I think I have always enjoyed exercise.



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I was always in some type of activity as a child, with three brothers in front of me and one behind me, I didn't has much choice but to be active. Grew up, got married, had children, and weight added on, and time for exercise and the likes was out the door. One day I found a women's only gym, (they had them back then), so I took my 3 young girls to explore.
It was there that I discover my love for exercise. At the gym I fell in love with weight lifting. Oh my goodness!!! it was one the best thing that happened to me. To see your self lifting, 30, 60, 90, over 100 pounds over your head, is amazing. It is a great feeling of accomplishment. No one can nor will do that for you, its you.
From there the love just grew. I lasted at the gym for about six months, family first, but the love stayed. Doing SparkPeople (on and off) helped me lose over 90 pounds this time. With that being said, at 72 years of age, I started lifting weights again, and it feels great. No I'm not lifting as many pounds as before, but I'll say this. When I started exercising in the end of December of 2017 I was doing seated exercise and I couldn't lift one pound weights, nor I could finish 15 minutes of exercising. Now I'm standing, doing knee lifts, holding 10 pounds weights in each hand over my head, smiling and loving it.

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Tip to reduce weight: First turn your head to the right and then turn it to the left. Repeat this exercise every time you are offered something to eat.


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When I first started exercising, I was in the obese category, my doctor would always hint at asking me to start walking or something 30 minutes a day. I couldn't even walk around my block, not even the thought of walking around my block would make me get up off my couch. I worked in a bakery and loved bringing home bakery products. I had high blood pressure, smoked for 40 years a pack to pack and a half a day, a cough, high cholesterol, you name it. I was in bad shape.
I decided enough was enough on my own, in my own time I guess. I got up and just decided to start walking around my block with my ear buds on. I guess I found that it wasn't so bad to just walk for 30 minutes. I felt I accomplished a lot just doing that lol! I guess it just grew on me. Now, I have been biking, walking, strength training, watching my food intake for 5 years now! And I enjoy it now! I don't run, because it's not something I would enjoy. I guess you just have to find something you yourself enjoy doing, whether it's walking, biking, swimming, cross fit, boxing, walking your dog, just get UP and MOVE! Just START!
My weight is better, I have lost 35 to 55 lbs. in the past 5 years, I am off cholesterol meds, not obese (still working that 15 lbs. I put on), quit smoking 2 years ago, and just feel better in general. I won't go back!

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2/25/19 8:56 P

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2/15/19 8:07 P

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I love competitive sports so any exercise that helps my performance is all the incentive I need. However, I will easily miss a work out to play a game of tennis.

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2/9/19 2:12 P

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I choose exercises that I enjoy...I really look forward to Cardio Funk at the Y every Tuesday and Saturday and there's a Zumba class on Sundays that is amazing (class is full every time).

I also worked with a personal trainer for a little while, which got me over my fear of the weight machines and dumbbells. Now I put on my favorite gym playlist and hit the weights after cardio. I feel tough and confident now instead of intimidated, and it's SUCH a mood and self-esteem booster. Now I'm one of those women that I used to admire and envy because they were confident enough to lift weights in the gym.

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2/7/19 9:52 A

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1/25/19 1:35 P

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I found things I really enjoyed. Martial arts, you tube videos that are fun and dynamic, running with an audio book. All goodness.

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1/25/19 9:19 A

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I found the right fitness center. It costs more but a boutique gym is worth every penny. I am seeing true, measurable results and I actually have reached the point where I WANT to head there after work. Plus, everyone know everyone. We all encourage each other, share our personal lives, and the owner has a social event outside the gym about once a month. If I don't show up for a few workouts, I am missed. I now have my inner circle of close friends, work friends, and gym friends.

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1/25/19 6:25 A

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Kept reminding myself that it takes 21 days to become a habit. Before it was like concrete blocks were weighing me down trying to keep me from the gym but now I'm way pass the 21 day point and nothing will keep me away from the gym even if 2 concrete blocks were tied to my feet!

I found zumba was definitely my thing. I started weight training and although I don't initially enjoy it as much I focused on making it a habit and it became easier to do.



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1/15/19 8:17 P

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1/12/19 11:40 P

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Love all of this motivating input, everyone! Thanks so much for sharing.

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1/4/19 5:33 P

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I sort of backed into it....at first I just started taking several 10 minute walks/day and often at work that was a time when I could just think through a problem. Came back refreshed in body and mind.

After my heart attack I started on cardiac rehab with three sessions/week of cardio, strength & stretching. Maybe it was the combination of knowing that this was going to save my life or the fact that I found I just plain liked it. Regardless exercise became something that I not only knew I had to do, but something that I liked. Can't even remember a day when I didn't exercise.

I've been a regular exerciser for over 5 years now and whenever I am at all balking at going to the gym or taking a walk I remember, that I ALWAYS (yes, ALWAYS) feel better after I work out. As someone said "I may regret not exercising, but I never regret exercising."

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1/4/19 5:04 P

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I would reframe that question as how did you RELEARN to enjoy exercise!

Kids like to move - ask any mom chasing a toddler if the kid is ever still!

However, if you do enter adulthood hating exercise, the most important thing is to try a bunch of different ones until you find something that fits YOU and your lifestyle. If you try something for a season (one class isn't going to cut it - you have to give it a real, wholehearted attempt - learn the rules, master the basics, etc.), and decide it's just not your thing long-term, try something else! There are so many ways to move a body!

Pay attention to:
1. Whether you enjoy being around other people, or prefer exercising as meditation.
2. Whether you prefer exercising in nature, or the controlled atmosphere of a gym.
3. Whether you like having a set routine, or prefer the challenge of a specific goal, like a race.
4. Whether you prefer aerobic exercises like running cycling or body-weight stuff like yoga or pilates. While every exercise article or coach will tell you that you need both, what's important is to figure out which one you actually *like* doing, and let your goals in that area give you motivation to move forward in the other. For example, I love cycling. Not crazy about weight lifting. However, lifting weights in a specific manner makes me a better cyclist, so when I'm training for a race, I'm more motivated to lift. Or if you discover you love Crossfit, which is more like lifting, your desire to excel in that area may motivate you to improve your running.

I entered adulthood with a pretty solid exercise background - my parents did a great job of instilling in us the notion that exercise is important, and that we are physically capable people who can do things.

Growing up, I participated in: weight lifting, running, road cycling, swimming, basketball, soccer, volleyball, and hiking.

As a young adult, I tried: ballroom dancing (so much love!), yoga (love), triathlon (ALL THE LOVE), long-distance cycling (EVEN MORE LOVE), Crossfit (really not my thing)

And now, in my mid-30s, I've settled on triathlon, long-distance cycling, and yoga as my exercise of choice. Lots of variety, specific goals (races), and the exercises tend to balance each other out pretty well. I would love to add ballroom back into the mix, but it tends to be an expensive hobby, between shoes, dresses, lessons, open dance fees, and babysitters. Maybe when the kids are older!

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1/4/19 6:13 A

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I can think of two things that helped me learn to LOVE exercise. When I first started exercising regularly, about 10 years ago, I actually got a job at my town's community center. I participated in their fitness classes and made friends. Knowing people in the classes helped me build consistency and gave me something to look forward to.

I also run/walk and do at least one race a month. That currently helps me maintain consistency as I want to finish the race. A lot of the races I do have finisher medals and it's fun to hang them on my walls. More importantly, I love meeting people during races! I have made friends and some of us run the same races annually. One friend I made during a race and I even traveled to a half marathon for a weekend away!!

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Hello, Sparkers, and Happy New Year!

I'm Melissa, a writer here at SparkPeople. We want to know for a blog post we're working on: How did you learn to actually ENJOY exercise?? Please share your tips and strategies so we can share with our members!

Thanks so much, and keep on sparking!
Melissa

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