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Setting Your Goals on Fitness

Fitness

WebMD Feature

Your friends tell you. Web sites, magazines and television remind you. Your doctor warns you. Your body screams at you. You know perfectly well you should do it. But if you're like three-quarters of Americans, you don't get the exercise you need.

It's not that you don't want to. That rowing machine looked great in the store. The gym membership seemed like a bargain, and so convenient to work. It's just that with all the pressures of work, friends and family, it's hard to find the time -- and the willpower.

But what if you didn't have to go out of your way? What if you could improve your health while commuting to work or pruning your camellias? That's the hopeful news from health researchers. Many forms of moderate daily activity can significantly reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis and many other chronic diseases.

Not just any activity will do, though, so it's important to take some time and figure out how you can make exercise a part of your normal routine. Once you start putting your new plan into action, it will gradually become habit. That takes a month or two and requires some dedication, so set goals that will keep you motivated throughout this crucial beginning period.