Developing discipline

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Updated: 4/11/2007 2:50 pm
If you want to maintain and develop discipline in your fitness program, you should first take a good hard look at your schedule, your body, and your tastes. Maybe you're an accomplished athlete who'd like to break into higher planes of performance by improving technique or cardiovascular efficiency. Maybe you're a former competitive swimmer who would like to get back in shape. Maybe you enjoy the camaraderie and discipline of scheduled aerobics classes. Maybe you'd like to be the next great long distance runner, or maybe you'd like to just make it around the block. Listen to your body. It knows what it likes. If you've always hated to run and your knees gave you trouble every time you tried, don't select jogging. If you abhor cold weather, don't pick cross-country skiing. That sounds pretty obvious, but it's important to remember that the only exercise that works is the exercise you do. Fitting fitness into your life and maintaining the discipline to stick with it is much easier if you enjoy what your doing. It doesn't require a great deal of time either. Just a half an hour to an hour three times a week will do wonders for your body. And remember, when you first start your fitness program you may see a lot of progress in the first month, but then, everything may seem to stop : The scale may not move, or your strength or endurance may not seem to show any progress. But when this happens, keep going. Many times when we start an exercise program our bodies reach a plateau. But even though you may not see the progress right away, your body is changing. Stick with it and make it happen. For more information on attitudes and fitness, talk with a fitness professional.

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