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Have you signed up for iVillage’s summer Community Challenge? The site is teaming up with the President’s Challenge Program to help 1 million Americans get active. The six-week Get Moving program starts on Monday, July 11. Join now and join the discussion, where members are already talking about their goals and motivations for getting on-board.
Many of those who have joined the Challenge all have the same goal: to drop 10 pounds this summer. Others: to find the motivation to stick with an exercise program long-term. “I really like working out at home with either the Wii or XBox during the day and then jogging or brisk walking after supper. My goal is to get into the jogging habit so that I don't give it up over winter,” says need25hours.
Gmomto3 wants to get in shape so she can keep up with her two-year-old granddaughter. “The last time [she] was here, she ran me ragged! I'd like to be able to catch her before she turns three!” she says.
Jenastar is trying to broaden her fitness horizons by taking up running. “I've always hated running, but I think I'd like to try it again. I just find it soooooooo boring. There's a 5k run in September that I'm considering, but that would mean I'd have to actually (*gulp*) run. I usually just use the elliptical while watching the news or whatever happens to be on the TV."
What a coincidence! Elsewhere on the iVillage message boards, mom jennadnearo confesses that she hates running, too. The only problem, she says on the On the Moms Getting Fit board, is that she joined a moms’ running group for camaraderie. Now, she wants to quit the group but keep the friends. Something tells us jenna might enjoy the Community Challenge, too. Jenastar, meet jennadnearo: we think you’d make perfect fitness buddies.
Of course, all this trying to run when you hate it raises an important issue: Will you be able to stick with an exercise routine if you dread every minute of it? According to exercise psychologist Michelle Segar, P.hD., embarking on a new healthy habit from a negative place is bound to backfire, because you’ll be beating yourself up the entire time. Eventually, you’ll quit and feel even worse about yourself. Instead, she recommends doing something you feel good about and enjoy.
The truth is, getting ourselves to work out on a near-daily basis is something almost all of us struggle with. That’s why personal trainer to the stars Harley Pasternak insists on forgetting about calories and fat-burning equations and making cardio enjoyable or meditative. Do whatever you have to do to make it fun, he says.
And that’s just what the Get Moving Challenge is all about: Use these six weeks to find an activity you love with the help and motivation of experienced coaches and fitness buddies. Working out is always easier when you have the support of friends; so what are you waiting for? Sign up for the challenge now -- and stop beating yourself up already!