How to Start a Fitness Routine

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Jill Provost on Mar 2, 2010 at 3:05PM

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How to Start a Fitness Routine

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Step 1: Pencil It In

Showing up is the most important part of starting a new exercise routine. You’ll always have an excuse to skip a workout. Make it non-negotiable by putting it in your calendar, like you would an important meeting, says Clavel Lazarre, certified personal trainer and owner of the Cobble Hill Fitness Collective in New York City. Even if you’re really dreading it, go anyway. Tell yourself that you only have to exercise for 15 minutes, says Smith. “Once I get going, I usually don't even notice the clock. But some days, 15 minutes is just enough, and that's okay, too.”

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