With quarantines loosening up around the world, many of us are probably considering to start exercise and get back in shape, while for others it’s a matter of getting back into the routine of exercising. Finding the motivation to start exercising, or getting back to an exercising routine, can be hard and daunting. 
So take the bull by the horns, decide on a day when to start, and use these tips to help you make exercise part of your routine.

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Set a SMART goal

According to ACE, a SMART goal is one that is:

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  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Relevant
  • Time (met by a deadline and done in certain amount of time)
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Setting goals helps give focus and structure to what you want to accomplish. Meeting goals is satisfying, and fitness experts say it helps build momentum. Just pay close attention to the “attainable” part of this equation.
An unrealistic goal only sets you up to fail. Instead of challenging yourself to exercise daily for 30 minutes every day of the week when on some days you can’t even get 15, look at your schedule and find two days where you can realistically boost your workout time to 30 minutes. It all adds up to get you towards your goal of 150 minutes for the week.
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Vow to take more steps every day

Even if weight loss isn’t your goal, you should aim to increase your daily steps to achieve or maintain overall good health. Public health experts are urging citizens to take 10,000 steps per day, those who walk that much are considered “active” and those who get in 12,500 steps a day are “highly active.”

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Make fitness a lifestyle, not a fad

Many people make the mistake of going hard toward fitness goals, but slacking off once they’ve achieved. They see fitness as a means to an end, not a way to live their life. This can lead to health problems and weight gain. Failing to see fitness as a lifestyle choice means you won’t reap the long-term benefits of regular exercise.
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Sure, exercise can help you lose or maintain weight in the short term. But an active lifestyle provides lasting benefits. It can reduce your risk for potential health complications, including:

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  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Obesity
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Exercise contributes to improved health and well-being, so make it a priority – it’s never too late.
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Source: healthline.com