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Maintaining Exercise Motivation

Question: Hello, I am a 37 year old female. For the last six years, I have kept myself in top condition. In the past, I maintained a 19.5% body fat, working out 2 and a half to 3 hours per day for a minimum of 5 days per week. Recently, (for the last 6 months) things in my personal and professional life have gotten bleak. Although, I know better, and wish it were otherwise, I have allowed this to effect my motivation. Needless to say, I am slowly but surely losing all that I achieved and pridefully maintained. I am fully aware that my "outlook" would improve if I would only get back into the swing; however, I am at an impasse. I am desperate not to let myself do this and I see a solution: hire a personal trainer to get me back on track and over the difficulty of regaining my self-confidence and pride. Regina

Answer: Dear Regina, It's easy to get burned out working out as much as you used to. And it sounds like you've gone through tough times and exercise may be just what you need to pull you out of your fitness funk. Don't discourage yourself if you've let up on working out for a while, just start up again with a positive attitude. Get back into it, but cut back to an hour a day. Also, plan when and what you're going to do for exercise and keep a training log. Note how you feel as you go along so you'll know when it's too much or not enough. A trainer can help with motivation and getting started again, but the change has to come from within yourself.

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