These are the primary reasons some women burn fat and lose weight—and some don’t:

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1. They find strength training and cardio routines they enjoy and exercise regularly (many times with a buddy),

2. They adopt a nutritious meal plan that they enjoy (and comply with) and

3. They never quit trying to improve their bodies.

Its just that simple. Enjoyment and dedication produces “body changing” results, with the right guidance. Don’t underestimate the value of guidance and feedback from a personal trainer. You might need a trainer to get started on the right track.

Your workout program is important to reach your goals. But, if you hate your workout program, you will stop doing it at some point. If you love your workout program but have no perseverance when it comes to changing your body, you will find a reason to quit. You need both perseverance and enjoyment of exercise to reach your goals (and keep working to improve even more).

I find exercises and workouts that I enjoy. There are tons of exercises to choose from. Why do something you hate? I have never stopped doing something that I enjoy.

Do you hate 60-minute cardio sessions? Stop doing them. Twenty minute interval cardio sessions are more effective for fat burning anyway.

Just look at all the types of cardio you can do: running, bodyweight cardio, jumping, power walking, biking, machines, etc. Find some types of cardio that you enjoy and do those. You will be more successful.

The same rule applies to weight training exercises. On the days you don’t “feel like exercising,” you are more likely to do exercises you enjoy.

What motivates people to do what they do? I’m not a psychologist so I looked at myself.

There’s alot of things that have motivated me to do certain things: fear, peer pressure, not wanting to let others down, searching-for-answers, enjoyment, determination, etc.

Why did I start exercising at a young age? We knew nothing about childhood obesity. Here is my exercise program growing up: playing games after school every day at the Boys Club or in the neighborhood until dark and playing sports year-round (and we pretty much walked or biked everywhere we went)!

The common thread? I enjoyed both activities—probably too much! I didn’t think about heart rates, exercise technique, repetitions, cardio or any of that stuff. Just having fun.

When it comes to exercise, research has proven that you are more likely to stay with your exercise program if you enjoy it. But, no matter how much you enjoy exercise, you still need perseverance to “keep it going.”

Its the mentality that nothing is going to keep me from reaching my fitness goals. When you have those “bad days,” its determination that will pull you through. ENJOYMENT AND DETERMINATION! Mix in a well-designed exercise and nutrition program and you will succeed.

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Mark Dilworth, BA, PES
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Certified Nutrition Coach and Nutrition for Metabolic Health Specialist. Since 2006, I have helped thousands of clients and readers make lifestyle habit changes that helps you to achieve better long-term health, which includes body transformation and ideal body weight.
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