June 8, 2011
Tired of constant exhaustion? The solution is in your sneakers. How to stop stalling and start moving.
If the prospect of complicated workouts makes you anxious, rethink your plan, says Texas Tech University sports and exercise psychology professor Marc Lochbaum, Ph.D. His three-pronged approach: familiar movements (walking, crunches, or even aerobics videos), a friendly environment (in your home or neighborhood), and "your most nonjudgmental girlfriend to work out with." Later, if you want to conquer the gym, try a community center or Y, says nutrition and fitness expert Pamela M. Peeke, M.D. "They're less likely to have that 'gym-rat' feel. Start with one piece of equipment, and work from there."