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"I haven't exercised in a week"
You kicked your walking shoes under the bed, threw a blanket over your treadmill, and are driving the long route to work so you don't have to see all the walkers in your neighborhood. We understand it's hard to get motivated after you've missed a few days of exercise. But those skipped days can easily turn into weeks, so it's important to start up again fast. Here's the good news: "Fitness is the one thing that comes back pretty quickly," says Fernstrom. "By the end of a month, you should be close to where you were before."
"Go out and walk for 10 minutes," advises Dr. Wyatt. "And tell yourself you can stop at that point if you want. Yes, you might quit in 10 minutes. But once you're out on the sidewalk, you'll probably keep walking.
Buddy up. "If you have an exercise partner, it's easier to stay committed," says Dr. Wyatt. So enlist a friend to walk with you every day. Short on buddies? Visit walkers.meetup.com to find folks in your area.
Find a fun exercise. "If your workout is drudgery, you won't do it, says Fernstrom. So if you've worn out the treadmill at the gym, take an aerobics class instead. Or try these fun alternatives (they all burn more calories per hour than walking): Ballet or swimming laps (422), biking or playing Ping-Pong (281).