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TIP No.2 SET GOALS

(, “Stay At IT” ..continued. Be sure you read previous posts on this subject)

The key to a long term exercise program is setting realistic goals. Do not say, “I want to lose 16 pounds in a month”, but instead, “I want to lose 4 pounds by month’s end.”

The former may be doable, but you will be so miserable in the process of losing those 16 pounds that you will quit before the end of the month or shortly thereafter – thereby, putting yourself in jeopardy of not only gaining it all back but putting on additional pounds to boot.

Keep in mind, exercising to stay healthy is not short term, and it is not a goal in life – it is a life style that once having achieved your primary objective, will require you to maintain those hard fought gains for the rest of your life.

Even the most fit person will lose his peak in as little as four or five days, and may even return to pre-exercise condition in as little as 10 to 12 weeks. So you will always need to keep at it. It’s never ending.

 
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