Learn to love exercise


You know exercise is good for you. It can help you lose weight, relieve stress, and boost your mood. You also know it helps prevent heart disease and other health problems. But despite knowing these facts, you may still struggle to get regular exercise.

Improve your perception of exercise. DO NOT see it as just something you should do, but as something you want to do. Tailor your exercise routine, so it becomes something you actually look forward to doing.

Alternative Names

Prevention - learn to love exercise; Wellness - learn to love exercise

Do Activities You Enjoy

With so many options for exercise, there is no need to suffer through a workout you do not like.

Stay Motivated

Getting started with a routine is just the first step. You will also need help staying motivated so that you keep up your new habits.


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Review Date: 4/15/2018
Reviewed By: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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