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Fit Tip: Make Exercise Nonnegotiable

Whether getting fit is a new goal for 2009, or one you've had for years, the only way to make that happen is to keep regular exercise in your schedule.
I know when you're pulled in multiple directions by life, work, and family, it is easy to rationalize that you just don't have the time to work out. Constantly making excuses can turn into a bad habit though, so make exercise nonnegotiable. Once you decide your workouts are just as important as all your other commitments, you'll be more likely to follow through. Be sure to set up a realistic schedule that you can meet, and once you've written down your workout "appointments" in your daily planner or fitness journal, stick to your plan. Even if you're a little tired, or you'd rather spend the time baking cookies — make no excuses. Put on your workout duds and get moving, because you know afterward you'll feel proud of your follow through.

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