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5 Essentials for Any New Exercise Program

Looking to start a new exercise program? Maybe you're an avid couch potato looking to change your life? Or maybe you're an avid exerciser looking to switch up the routine? Either way, here are five essential things for anyone wanting to start a new exercise program:

  1. A plan of action.
  2. A partner in crime.
  3. Goals and rewards.
  4. An open, patient mind.
  5. A new workout outfit.

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Katikins Katikins 9 years
What a great list! Though I have to agree that a new outfit, while fun, I'd rather save it for the rockin' bod I'll have when I reach my goals! I have a great partner in crime. She lives 3 hours away but we talk on IM everyday and we use that as a way to encourage and push each other. Would I still be getting fit without her - yes! - but it's way more fun with her even if it's only "virtually". :)
AshleySunshine AshleySunshine 9 years
Great list! I agree *absolut* - there are days I would not make it through my workout without great music.
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 9 years
I would think the partner in crime would be last on my list. I can't count on someone else to get my butt moving.
absolut_lauren absolut_lauren 9 years
I think something else you need is a rockin' playlist!
any any 9 years
jeje a partner in crime... oh boy f my bf is the only partner i have... i mean i work out because i want to be fit but he's the only one that motivates me even thought he workout as his home... well i workout at home so i like to wear boxers and shirts... something confortable... i agree with 4... my bf always say that... cause at the begginning.. like a week after i started i was like im thinner... he was like yeahh... i wasnt thinner:S
Chaoticfury Chaoticfury 9 years
I'm with NdH on this one. My partner in crime dropped out and has been very bitter towards me since I'm losing more weight than her. As for a new outfit: I bought one, which was fun to start out with, but it didn't fot after three months, so I'm stickingto 4 dollar sweatpants right now until I'm steady.
NdHebert NdHebert 9 years
I agree with 1, 3, and 4. As far as a partner in crime, becoming healthy is 100% on YOU, not someone else. What if your partner in crime starts to fall back in old ways, and skip workouts, does that mean you can too? And I would not recomend buying a new outfit. Afterall, it wont fit in a few weeks. I would buy the outfit as a reward, after you drop a few pounds!
gumdrops334 gumdrops334 9 years
patience is probably the key word. it takes a while for that new program to kick in, but after a while, you will see results
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