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A Look at the Art of Ice Skating

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A Look at the Art of Ice Skating
By Coleen Smith

The sport of ice skating is popular around the world,
especially during winter time. The indoor rink has made ice
skating year round a possibility, while many seasonal rinks will
be implemented out of doors during the cooler months of the
year. This winter sport has also established a name in Olympic
sports. Many countries send athletes to the Olympics to compete
in figure skating, ice dancing, speed skating and ice hockey.

The most important piece of equipment needed for ice skating
is, of course, the skates. There are different types for the
various kinds of skating, but all include shoes that provide
strong support for the ankles. Ice skates usually have a single
metal blade and will allow one to glide smoothly over an icy
surface or frozen body of water such as a lake or pond.

Of course, frozen bodies of water also represent significant
danger if one is not properly trained to recognize whether or
not it is fully frozen. Often it requires many consecutive days
of very cold temperatures to completely freeze a large lake or
other body of water.

Natural bodies of water such as lakes and ponds used to be the
only way to enjoy ice skating. Of course this meant that you
could only skate in places where the temperature dropped below
the freezing level for extended periods. But in the late 1870s,
an indoor refrigerated ice rink was created in London, starting
a new trend that immediately became popular all over the world.
Since, many more rinks have popped up everywhere, and the
development of the Zamboni machine for better ice maintenance
has made indoor skating more feasible.

Many figure skaters have mastered complex techniques including
spins and jumps. This makes skating more interesting and fun
while still providing good exercise. While this sport is more
difficult to learn than some, those who to learn it find that it
is fun to enjoy either alone or with a group of friends.

Some areas of the world are more involved in the art and sport
of ice skating than others are. In many places, ice skating is a
part of the culture. Despite the availability of indoor rinks,
people who live in colder climates still tend to appreciate ice
skating and other winter sports more than those in warmer
climates. There are some cities in which ice skating still
serves as a mode of transportation. Certainly it's more
practical than walking if there's ice in the streets! In
Scandinavian countries almost everyone knows how to ice skate.
It has long been a part of their culture and many people skate
almost daily.

The holiday season is also synonymous with the sport of ice
skating. It is a form of entertainment that many enjoy partaking
in with friends and family. Outdoor rinks in areas decorated for
the holidays, with music and Christmas shopping going on around
you, can be especially festive. During the holidays you can find
many places that hold entire outdoor fairs on ice, including hot
cocoa and other toasy treats, games and a lot of holiday spirit.

Humans have been learning the art of transportation on ice for
centuries. Crude ice skates from as early as 3000 BC have been
discovered. Wood, bone or even stone were some of the materials
used to construct these early ice skates. Modern high-tech ice
skates and other equipment as well as consistently smooth ice
rinks have brought ice skating to a level that was unimaginable
only a short time ago.

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How Safe Are Prescription Topical Non - Steroidal Drugs... Particularly in the Elderly?

How Safe Are Prescription Topical Non - Steroidal Drugs...
Particularly in the Elderly?
By Nathan Wei

The treatment of osteoarthritis, to date, is essentially

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease where the articular
cartilage- the gristle that caps the ends of long bones wears
away. More than 20 million Americans suffer from osteoarthritis,
making it the most common form of arthritis.

While the therapeutic approach varies from practitioner to
practitioner, the general thrust is similar.

Patients are treated with analgesics or non-steroidal
anti-inflammatory drugs, physical therapy, injections of
glucocorticoids, injections of hyaluronic acid ("rooster comb")
lubricants, and then have surgery.
In patients with relatively mild disease, physicians may also
prescribe topical agents.

Many doctors feel that topical non-steroidal drugs may be safer
to use than oral anti-inflammatory drugs.

A recent study assessed the efficacy and safety of diclofenac
gel in the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee in people
aged 65 and older. This was actually a compilation of data from
three large randomized studies that enrolled a total of 538
patients. Four hundred and thirty three of the volunteers had
associated medical problems such as diabetes, high blood
pressure, and cardiovascular disease. The data was reported by
Dr. H. Richard Barthel and colleagues at the annual meeting of
the American Medical Directors Association.

The patients applied either the topical diclofenac gel in a
dose of four grams per day or placebo.

The time frame evaluated was 12 weeks of therapy.

Analysis of the data showed that 56 per cent of the patients
who received diclofenac gel had side effects compared with 44
per cent of the placebo group.

One patient, an 80-year old woman, developed a blood clot in
the leg and a subsequent pulmonary embolism that was felt to
possibly be related to drug therapy.

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are associated with an
increased incidence of cardiovascular disease, particularly in
older individuals with an underlying history of hypertension,
diabetes, and other cardiovascular disease.

The systemic absorption of topical diclofenac gel is forty
times less than the absorption of oral diclofenac according to
Dr. Roy Altman, professor of medicine at the University of
California, Los Angeles. While topical agents may reduce the
risk of these problems compared with oral preparations, they do
not eliminate them totally.

Also found in the analysis was a much higher rate of skin
reactions related to the diclofenac gel. Reactions at the site
of application occurred in 8.8 per cent of diclofenac gel
patients and only 1.1 per cent of placebo treated patients.

Adverse cardiovascular problems occurred in 2.6 per cent of the
diclofenac patients versus 1.1 per cent of placebo treated

Besides the currently available Volteren gel, another recent
FDA approved topical preparation is Pennsaid, another
diclofenac-based rub.

Another set of studies on Pennsaid, another topical diclofenac
preparation, that uses DMSO for penetration, showed efficacy in
at least two more studies presented at the American College of
Rheumatology meetings in Atlanta, Georgia, from November 7 to
November 11. Side effects were generally similar to that of the
gel preparation.

In addition, Lidoderm patches were demonstrated to be effective
for pain relief in one study of knee arthritis presented at the
same meeting. Side effects were few.

While studies like this are interesting, they show the relative
inadequacy of current treatment available for osteoarthritis.
Pain relief is available but cartilage restoration is still not
generally available. Recent data on mesenchymal stem cells does
look promising as a method for restoring articular cartilage.

About the Author: Nathan Wei, MD FACP FACR is a board-certified
rheumatologist and nationally known arthritis authority and
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Get it Right, Make it Tight!

Get it Right, Make it Tight!
By Callie Durbrow

Fat loss for women can often be an illusive, frustrating thing.
A lifetime of bad habits, stressful lifestyle, and powerlessness
over cravings can make many a woman feel frustrated in her
situation. You don’t have time, you can’t make time, you’re not
ready. Is it possible to cure?

I’m Callie Durbrown, personal trainer extrodinare and owner of
Durbrow Performance Personal Training. Believe me when I say I
understand where you’re coming from. I’ve seen and heard it all.
And I am here to tell you that it is absolutely possible to
change your life, shed the pounds, and be the best you that you
can be. What do you have to do? It’s simple. Make up your mind.

Once you decide that this is what you are going to do, you are
one step closer to accomplishing your goal. With a little
motivation, a little direction, and a lot of conviction, you can
do anything you set your mind to. Here are some helpful tips to
help you on your way:

Diet, diet, diet – You can work out until you’re blue in the
face. But if you don’t change the way that you perceive food,
you will gain, not lose weight. Many women fall into this trap.
There is also such a thing as eating too little food. Beware –
make sure you don’t fall into this trap. Your body will go into
starvation mode and cling to every calorie it receives. It’s
important to strike a healthy balance of eating enough good
healthy foods, as opposed to small amounts of bad ones. Start by
snacking on carrot sticks instead of potato chips.

Strength training workouts – many women think that the only way
to lose weight is just to hit your body with a barrage of
cardio. This is not true. Cardio is of course a huge helpful
aid, but only when implemented correctly. Fat loss for women can
be won with a combination of strength training and cardio in
intervals. If you can’t financially fit in a personal trainer,
find a class at your gym that will teach you some of the basics.
This will give you a group environment where you can be
motivated by others around you.

Work out with a friend – Weight loss is most often won when you
do it in tandem with someone else. This can come in many ways –
taking a class with a friend, using a meetup group to finds
friend to walk with, signing up with personal training group
training classes with a friend. The point is – when you feel
obligated to someone other than yourself, you’re more inclined
to stick it out and stay committed. Funny isn’t it? We’re more
likely to flake out on ourselves than on someone else.

Push yourself – No one said that this would be easy. Keep
reaching for that next level. This is not to say that you should
overdo things and hurt yourself. Just keep a constant level of
action for you. Ask for help if you need it. Work hard. You
should see results if you just keep it up and stay consistent.

About the Author: Callie Durbrow is a strength coach and
personal trainer in Boston, Massachusetts. She currently trains
clients to lose body fat, gain strength, and challenge their
bodies with each session. Her training style is a combination of
conventional strength work, modified strongman training, and
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Choosing The Best Weight Loss Supplement

Choosing The Best Weight Loss Supplement
By Ann Marier

If you’re planning to lose excess body weight and you have
organized an exercise schedule with a healthy and balanced diet
plan, you can complement this new lifestyle change by looking
for a weight loss supplement that can help to meet your goal

Unfortunately, looking for the best weight loss supplement is
not an easy task. Since there are hundreds of supplements for
weight loss in the market, you can become overwhelmed by the
choices you will face. In order to locate the best weight loss
supplement for your condition, you need to distinguish your
choices and understand how each affects your body.

There are several kinds of supplements for weight loss, such as
thermogenic or stimulant-free fat burners, carb or fat blockers,
thyroid hormone increasers, appetite suppressants and cortisol
products. By understanding how each kind of supplement works,
you can find the best weight loss supplement based from your
individual needs.

Understanding your Choices

If you’re looking for the best weight loss supplement, you
should never be contented with your friend or family’s
recommendations. This is because there is no single supplement
that could work for all types of people. For an effective weight
loss, you need to consider your health condition in buying

One of the most popular weight loss supplements is thermogenic
fat burners. These kinds of supplements have no ephedra, which
can make a person jumpy or hyperactive. Ephedra-free weight loss
supplements are best for people with heart problems or other
medical conditions. Thermogenic fat burners work by increasing
metabolism and burning fat.

However, if you want to avoid stimulants and caffeine, you
should go for stimulant-free fat burners. Although results may
vary, people who consume these supplements lose an average of 5
to 10 pounds. On your journey of looking for the best weight
loss supplement, you will likely be faced with carb or fat

Carb blockers are usually used alongside a balanced diet,
exercise and other fat-burning products. On the other hand, fat
blockers work similarly to carb blockers – binding fats in the
digestive system, trapping unwanted fats to avoid fat build-ups.

Thyroid hormone increasers are the best weight loss supplement
for people who are overweight due to thyroid problems. They work
by regulating the thyroid to increase its performance and
replace thyroid that your body normally produces. People who are
usually stressed with work, academics or other factors can
benefit from cortisol products that prevent bad eating patterns
when you experience stress.

The best weight loss supplement will largely depend on your
personal needs, lifestyle, age and sex, health condition and
other factors. However, without regular exercise and a healthy
diet, these supplements will not work effectively.

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Teeth Whitening Gels: 5 Questions To Help You Choose The Best One For You

Teeth Whitening Gels: 5 Questions To Help You Choose The Best
One For You
By Ann B. Larue

There are a variety of types of teeth whitening gel kits that
you can use at home. These kits are available in all price
ranges, but the beauty of home kits is that home whitening
treatments are often cheaper than professional whitening done by
your dentist. You must keep in mind that the home whitening gels
can be less effective and can even cause lasting damage if
applied incorrectly. On the other hand, they can produce
fabulous results at a low cost.

How Do I Select the Best Teeth Whitening Gel?

If you have decided that you want to try out teeth whitening at
home, here are some questions you will need to ask yourself
before selecting a product:

1. How much money am I willing to invest in the whitening gel

Teeth whitening gels range from a little more than the cost of
a tube of toothpaste to $200 or more. However, the whitening
effects of the lower cost products might be able to produce the
right amount of whiteness that you are looking for. The format
of the product might be influenced by cost. For example, teeth
whitening strips, such as Crest Whitestrips are cheaper than
brush on gels such as the GoSMILE whitener. Also remember that
once your teeth are white and bright, you will need to spend
even more to maintain that new shine. This might mean having to
buy maintenance and upkeep products from the teeth whitening gel
line you used, or investing a little more in whitening

2. How much time am I willing to invest in getting my teeth
their whitest?

Each teeth whitening gel kit will tell you how long it will
take to achieve the results that you desire. With most kits you
should start to see results in just a few days. But to achieve
the final results could take from 10 days to two weeks. So think
about how long you are will to commit to a daily teeth-whitening
routine. As mentioned before, there will be maintenance involved
as well. Depending on the whitening gel kit you purchase, there
might be specific recommendations for maintaining your new
whites. Are you willing to stay on a maintenance schedule as
long as necessary?

3. How soon do I want to see results?

As discussed above, each whitening gel kit will have its own
specified time for producing results. So decide if you want or
need to see results as soon as possible or if you can wait a
little longer. If you have a large embarrassing stain on your
front tooth you might want to get rid of it as quick as
possible! Keep in mind that the faster the results are, the
stronger the product is.

4. Do I have extensive staining on my teeth?

If you do have a lot of stains or extensive yellowing of your
teeth, then you will need a stronger product and you might have
to use it longer. You might even have to go through two or three
kits to get your teeth their whitest!

5. Do I have sensitive teeth?

Home teeth whitening gel systems typically use a peroxide
bleach based formula to induce whitening. First, it is important
to follow the instructions explained provided with the kit in
order to avoid unexpected results. Also, you want to be careful
when using the teeth whitening formula because it can cause
sensitivity in your teeth. If you have sensitive teeth, then you
will definitely want to choose the least strong whitening gel.
Of course this will mean it will take longer to achieve the
whiteness you want if you cannot use stronger formulas. This
might mean that you have to commit yourself to a kit that takes
longer to whiten.

As you went through the questions above, did you see that they
are all inter-related? You want to see results fast, but you
have sensitive teeth and cannot use the stronger products. Or
you have a small budget, but extensively stained teeth which
will need more than one kit! Yes, the choice can be difficult.
But in the end you will basically need to select what is the
most important for you that will get the results you want. It
might take extra effort to work on whitening your teeth a little
harder, or even suffering through sensitivity that might be
caused by stronger gels. Just think about your new smile and how
that will make you feel! It is not easy, if it were then
everyone would have bright, white smiles!

So remember to really think about what you want to accomplish
before purchasing a teeth whitening gel. Careful thought can
save you money, work more efficiently for you and give you the
best result.

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Does A Sauna Really Help You Burn Calories Or Is It A Myth?

Does A Sauna Really Help You Burn Calories Or Is It A Myth?
By Amy Nutt

There seems to be a lot of controversy going around lately
about whether or not a sauna will help you to burn calories and
lose weight. Some people think that the whole thing is just a
myth, and some people swear by it. A lot of the sauna
manufacturing companies will tell you that saunas definitely
help you lose weight and calories, but this information is not
as believable coming from someone who wants to sell you their
sauna! Some of these companies’ websites even have so called
“doctors” who will answer any questions you may have about their
saunas, but these people are employed by the company, and are
still just trying to sell you their sauna.

Sitting inside of a hot sauna for any period of time will make
you sweat. Sweating releases fluid from your body. The longer
you sweat, the more fluid you will lose, and this fluid loss is
really the only weight loss that you see from sauna use. Once
you are done with the sauna for the day, it is highly
recommended that you drink lots of water after you’ve cooled
off. This basically puts the lost fluid right back inside of
your body. 

Many sauna companies boldly state that just twenty or thirty
minutes inside of their sauna will burn anywhere from three
hundred to one thousand calories. This is simply not possible.
People are always looking for an easier way to burn calories
than exercise, but exercise is the only efficient way to really
get rid of calories. Sitting in a sauna for thirty minutes may
burn up to three hundred calories, but this type of calorie burn
will not have the same effect on your body as the calories
burned during exercise. 

Calories burnt off while sitting in a sauna are just calories
burnt. There is no muscle building, no fat shedding, no after
burn (VERY important!) and no muscle strengthening or toning.
When you choose to burn calories through exercise, you not only
burn more calories, but you also build and tone your muscle, and
you get rid of the excess fat on your body. If you choose the
right kinds of aerobics exercises, you will also get the added
benefit of after burn. After burn is what the body does after
you have finished exercising. After burn can burn calories up to
fourteen hours after you have stopped exercising. If the only
reason you are using a sauna is to lose weight, there are much
better things you can be doing to achieve your goal.

Saunas are great for all kinds of other things though, and they
can even help you to feel better about yourself. They will
improve your skin, your health and your body. If they are used
properly and safely, saunas will do a lot for you. I suggest
using one at least two or three times a week, and I also
recommend a good, weekly exercise routine for those who want to
lose weight.

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Thanksgiving Dinner with Turkey and Pie
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There's a lot to be thankful for




Today marks one of the most sacred and celebrated of American traditions. As millions of people gather around dinner tables to enjoy the holiday with family and friends, other folks will be going about their regular business treating this day the same as they would any other. And that's okay.

Still, wherever we may be and whatever we are doing, we should remember that we have a lot to be thankful for. Even the little things which we often take for granted. "I am thankful that I have eyes to see and ears to hear and a heart to feel for these things."

With so much sorrow in this world, it is easy to become cynical and ask: "What is there to be thankful for? I have no food, no place to lay my head at night. People laugh at me because I must beg for food to feed myself and my family."

Yes, there are indeed people who are suffering and don't believe that there is anything to be grateful for. And it's not hard to see why. Life is not easy, and the things that many of us take for granted are among the greatest of luxuries for those who must do without. But there is more...

Actually, when you stop to think about it, we are only truly happy when we are fit. And we are only fit if we are healthy in mind, body and spirit. And to be living is to carry a genuine happiness within our hearts. What sort of happiness would that be? We each have our own idea of what happiness means.

For me it's knowing that when I wake up each day, it's the start of something new. To improve upon what I am right now and to learn new things about myself and the world. Hope. The hope that comes with each brand new day. This makes me thankful to be alive.

So wherever on earth you happen to be, take a moment to pause and be thankful for something, anything that you truly appreciate. It is a gift especially for you. Cherish that special gift. And let it be your reason for Thanksgiving.

Do you have something to be thankful for? Share it in the comments.


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How To Naturally Achieve Radiant, Youthful Skin

How To Naturally Achieve Radiant, Youthful Skin
By James A Penn

Using a cleanser and toner for your skin is great, and surely
mascara and blush will help. But, to really look radiant, you
need to intake essential fatty acids (EFAs). EFAs directly
control a huge number of cellular processes in the body that
match up with the health of your skin, hair, and nails. For
absolutely gorgeous skin, hair, and nails supplement your daily
diet with fish oil, flax oil, evening primrose oil, borage oil,
and black currant oil.

Without the right amount of vitamins, minerals, and EFAs
(healthy fats), your skin will eventually become dull, dry,
inflamed with eczema, and you will be more prone to premature
aging. Your body cannot manufacture the EFAs that produce supple
skin and shiny hair so you do need to supplement to receive an
adequate amount.

EFAs increase the absorption of vitamins and minerals into your
skin cells while reducing inflammation and promoting proper
nerve function. Supplementing with EFAs helps your body deal
with the pollution it is exposed to. Essential fatty acids
strengthen and increase the fluidity of the delicate membranes
that surround each cell.

According to Lipid Research (2005, 46:1712-1720), researchers
found that Omega-3 inhibited the production of enzymes that
cause connective tissue damage that leads to wrinkled, aging

In a 2000 report in Arch Gerontol Geriatrics,/i>, twenty-nine
elderly people were given a daily dose of Omega-6 from borage
oil for 2 months to evaluate skin function. Skin water loss was
decreased and itchiness reduced from 34% to zero. Less skin
dryness was reported and it was concluded that consumption of
borage oil led to improved skin function.

Recommended Dosages

Renowned naturopath, Mark Stengler,ND recommends taking 2,000
milligrams of a daily Omega-3 fish oil supplement if your health
is good. Omega-3 also combats arthritis, asthma, cancer, chronic
obstructive pulmonary disease, heart disease, attention deficit
disorder, psoriasis, multiple sclerosis, high blood pressure,
Chron's disease, and depression. To look good, you have to feel

Stengler recommends 1 to 2 tablespoons daily of Omega-3 rich
flax seed oil for adults. Children should start at 1 teaspoon.
If you have gallbladder problems, start with 1 teaspoon and
build up gradually to avoid any difficulties with digestion due
to a decreased amount of bile being present. Flax is also great
for reducing acne and relieving arthritis, digestive disorders,
and memory problems.

Omega-6 which helps relieve dry skin and reduce hair loss is
found in borage and evening primrose oil. Stengler recommends
500 to 1,500 milligrams daily of evening primrose oil along with
an Omega-3 supplement to maintain a proper EFA balance in the
body. Omega-6 is the unsung hero when it comes to beautifying
your skin and keeping it free of lines and wrinkles. Applying
borage oil daily to your face is a perfect way to fight the
signs of aging and prevent premature aging of your skin.

Always consult your physician if you plan to start a new
supplement to make sure it does not interfere with any
medication you are currently taking. There is no doubt that EFAs
lead to radiant, healthy, and youthful skin.

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What Causes Anxiety and What You Can Do About It

What Causes Anxiety and What You Can Do About It
By Jason Ellis

Most people simply dismiss anxiety as nothing more than an
emotional disorder and let it go at that. They accept it as a
part of life and resign to the fact that it will never go away.
Don’t fall into this way of thinking. The truth is, there’s way
more to consider.  This article will show you how you can stop
letting anxiety consume YOUR life. Fight back with tactics that
work and start feeling better immediately.

Yes, anxiety is a recurring emotional disturbance which can
lead to irrational thoughts and reactions, seemingly beyond your
control – but that’s not the whole story.

Anxiety can be a blanket term for other conditions which
include phobias, panic disorders and even post-traumatic stress
disorders. The root cause of the problem is organic, meaning
that it happens within you. The undesirable behavior is simply
your reaction to the anxiety trigger. Here’s an example:

Susan (the subject) has a phobia (anxiety) of dogs. A large
dog, (the trigger) comes toward her, tail down and ears back.
Susan suffers a serious panic attack (her reaction). The example
put more simply would look like this: Subject + Trigger =

Knowing what YOUR anxiety trigger is and what it looks like is
one of the first things you can do to live with it and handle it

Your particular anxiety can stem from anywhere. It’s up to you
to recognize when and where it comes about.

Speaking to a doctor may be a good place to start. Make sure
that you keep a journal of your anxious episodes. Try to keep
track of the time, place and what you were doing when you felt
anxious. Who were you with, how did you feel before hand? This
will help the doctor guide you to best plan of action for you.
The idea is to track down the culprit so you can eliminate the
root cause.

Also, there’s no reason to feel embarrassed or try to hide your
anxiety from others.

Allow yourself to reach out for the support of friends and
family. They all love you and want you to be well. Make sure
that you have at least one person that you can call whenever you
feel like you might be having an anxiety attack.

Know your triggers and let that person know that you might be
facing one that day so they can be ready. Having a “go to”
person is a nice safety net for when panic strikes.

Seek knowledge. Read up on the latest news about anxiety and
anxiety treatments online and in magazines. Ask your doctor for
information that he might have. Go to the local library and
check out their reference section. The more you know, the less
you will be ashamed or afraid of this condition. You will be
able to fight it face on.

Remember, fighting anxiety takes courage. It's not an easy
task. Realize that your efforts are worth the struggle and know
that the stress-free life you'll have on the other side is
immeasurable. Best of Luck!

About the Author: Jason Ellis has been helping people overcome
their anxiety and panic for years. You can find all of Jason's
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Fitness: How to Have Fun While Working Out

Fitness: How to Have Fun While Working Out
By Adriana Notton

Exercising can be such a hassle. Perhaps the hardest part of
starting a fitness routine is not actually exercising, but
getting motivated to workout. However, it is imperative that you
exercise to lose weight and improve your health. Additionally,
exercise will boost your self esteem, make you feel that you
have more beauty, and help you feel more comfortable in
relationships. There are a variety of things that you can do to
get yourself motivated to get out there and exercise.

One of the most effective ways to motivate yourself to workout
is to exercise with other people. Find some friends or family
members who are also lacking motivation and get them to go
workout with you. Instead of going out to eat or meeting at a
local bar, head to the gym or enjoy a run together. People who
workout with others typically tend to push themselves harder and
get better workouts.

Never forget to bring your music. Working out while listening
to your favorite songs helps keep your mind off of your
exercising and also assists in keeping pace. There is a reason
that gyms play music, usually something with a beat that keeps
peopled pumped up.

Set realistic goals for yourself. One mistake that many people
make when they first start working out is that they make
unattainable goals. You are not going to start off being a star
track runner or be able to lift your body weight. Instead,
challenge yourself with smaller, incremental improvement goals.

Do not forget about your goals, either. Constantly keep track
of your improvements and compare them to your goals. Also make
notes about where you used to be. As you progress physically,
your confidence will boost as you monitor where you have been
and where you are heading.

Reward yourself when you have accomplished key goals. Losing
weight or improving your health feels nice, but it is not
everything. When you make your goals, promise yourself that you
will treat yourself to something nice as you reach those goals
as extra incentive.

Make your workout enjoyable. There is a reason that children
like to run around and play. Sure, it burns off their energy and
keeps them in shape. But more importantly, it is fun. Your
workouts do not have to be boring and mundane. Play games and
sign up for team sports. You do not have to be good at them to
have a good time. As your fitness improves, so will your

A little bit of friendly competition does not hurt. When you
are working toward your goals, compare them to the goals of
other people. Make a game out of goals by entering in some
friendly competition. Give each other simple prizes and gifts,
such as bringing them out for lunch, when they do better as a
way to keep pushing each other.

There are many things that you can do to make improving your
fitness a more pleasurable experience. To most people, working
out feels more like a punishment rather than a rewarding
routine. Following some of these steps are sure to help you get
out and improve yourself.

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