The hardest part about physical activity often is getting started — putting on your shoes and getting out the door to walk, jog, bicycle or to do whatever form of exercise or activity works for you.
Finding an exercise partner or group is one way to help with getting started. With a partner or group, there's a sense of accountability and support, and there's the motivation of not wanting to let your exercise friends down. A pet that needs daily exercise is a good motivator, as well!
In addition, positive self-talk is a way for you to overcome any hesitation when you’re deciding whether or not to exercise, particularly when getting out on your own.
Positive self-talk examples include:
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