Health Watch - Exercise: Keeping Resolutions

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Did you make a New Year’s resolution to exercise more often? Have you stuck with it? If not, you’re not alone. New Year’s resolutions can be difficult to keep.

Dr. Timothy Wolff, a psychiatrist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says people often fail at keeping their resolutions because they set their goals too high and are then discouraged when they can’t achieve them, or because they subconsciously don’t really want to change. You may have new inspiration for exercising after watching athletes in the Winter Olympics, so it’s a good time to regroup and make exercise part of your life. To improve your chances of reaching your goals, set smaller goals that are easier to achieve and find something that you enjoy doing. Exercising with a friend or just telling people about your goals can make you feel more accountable. The rest of this week on Health Watch, we’ll talk about using the recent Winter Olympics as inspiration for exercising.

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March 2010


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