If you need help meeting your fitness goals, try these tools and strategies below to find one that works for you.

• Activity trackers work when you use them consistently. Wearable devices and smartphones that track your steps and the calories you burn increase exercise motivation. Researchers found 80% of users stuck with their activity trackers for at least 6 months.
• Walk your dog. A dog may not sound like a fitness tool but people who walk their dog(s) are more likely to stay motivated, improve fitness and reduce excess weight, according to the CDC.
• Give yourself food-free rewards. After your longest run or best workout, having a milkshake or a cream-topped latte could cancel out the calories you just burned. Rewards are good motivators but choose calorie-free ones. Get a pedicure or a massage – or call a friend and share your success.
• Set realistic goals. Fitness targets work when they are specific, realistic, important to you and reviewed regularly. Find a way to hold yourself accountable – whether that be posting your goal somewhere you frequent, asking a friend to help hold you accountable, or simply setting a date for completion.

The major reason for setting a goal is for what it makes of you to accomplish it. What it makes of you will always be the far greater value than what you get.      – Jim Rohn


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