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Motivation


What sometimes gets in the way of people being physically active is a lack of motivation to get up and move. Fortunately, people are very capable of basing their behavior on deliberate plans, reasoned conclusions, and firm determination, rather than only on the way they feel at the moment. Feelings can change. People can train themselves to reject self-defeating thoughts and counter unhelpful thinking with self-endorsing thoughts. While it is important to know and understand our feelings, we can still act in ways that promote our health. When we know we feel anxious and depressed, but we refuse to give into it, then we are 'living strong." Engaging in any physical activity that gets us up and moving around, out of the house, around the block, or over to the store is a goal-oriented and systematic way for us to help ourselves work beyond the emotional problems that can otherwise dominate our lives.


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