5. Exercise

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There is plenty of evidence that exercise releases endorphins that make you feel better.  I have found that exercise also boosts my self-confidence and also improves my body image.

One of the main hindrances that prevented me from doing cardiac exercise is that I was so out of shape that I couldn’t even run for 2 minutes without stopping to catch my breath. I would read a book that would say something like, “Run for 20 minutes 3 times a week.” I would say to myself, “Great, I’ll skip that because I can’t run for 2 minutes.”

Luckily, I found a book that has a plan to help you increase your endurance. The Beginning Runner’s Handbook: The Proven 13-Week RunWalk Program has a 13 week program that will slowly increase your endurance without risking injury or burnout.  It took me 3 years to complete it, but now I can run for 30 or 40 minutes easily.

I used an earlier edition of the book that is now out of print, but can be purchased used. The earlier edition of the book’s workout plan does not push you as much as the newer edition’s workout plan.

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