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Diet Talk from the Doc

by Dr.Diet, Diet.com's Medical Director

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Most diet and exercise programs fail because people don't take the time to build an inner foundation first. People need to be in the right mindset before committing to an exercise program long term.

Self Care More Important than Sit-UpsWhat does it mean to be in the right mindset? Here are some things to think about to see if you're ready to add fitness to your life:

-- Have you made a list of all the pros and cons of being more active? There are so many positive benefits of becoming more active, I hope the pros side of your list ends up to be a lot longer than the cons.

-- Have you found people in your life who will support your efforts? We all have people in our lives " some who drain our energy and others who support our healthier lifestyle behaviors. Seeking out the supportive people in your life and telling them your plans will go a long way to keep you focused.

-- Have you though of ways to make time for yourself? Some options may be enlisting the help of babysitters, family members or even a work colleague. Being able to ask for help is important if you want to have the time to devote to your own self care.

-- Have you ever tried writing about an activity that's important to you? Try blogging about your intentions to become more active or try using a tracker as a way to do some self monitoring. People who self monitor do better losing weight and meeting goals than people who don't.

-- Have you thought through your daily schedule and figured out the easiest ways to add more activity to your daily lifestyle? Realizing that you don't have to join a gym to become more active can do a lot to boost your motivation. Instead of enduring expensive health club membership dues, buy yourself a good pair of gym shoes and commit to a walking program. A brisk walking program is probably the cheapest and most flexible type of exercise program to engage in as it can be done anywhere and anytime and doesn't require travel to and from a health club.

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