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Maintaining the Lifestyle

Staying motivated is essential to making physical activity a long-term lifestyle commitment. If you choose activities wisely, your body will let you know how enjoyable becoming more fit can be.

If you're just starting out with a fitness plan, reaching 1 goal and then striving for another may be enough to keep you going. Before long, you'll start to notice changes in your endurance, strength, flexibility, energy level, and appearance that will probably encourage you to continue your efforts.

People who are moderately active or very active may become bored with their usual activities and need to find new activities to keep them motivated. If you don't already do so, try working out with a partner. You might want to train for a competitive event related to your activity.

Another great way to stay motivated is to help someone else who is just starting a fitness program. You will be a role model for that person, you'll have another reason for staying consistently active, and you are more likely to learn ways to vary your routine.

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