The feeling of utter relaxation from pumped up muscles? The boost in mood and energy? The sense of accomplishment you feel when you get to the gym? All the calories you know you just burned? Seeing your friends who join you for your daily walk, run, or fitness class? How did you complete the sentence? It may help you stick with your fitness routine when you focus on the immediate benefits you get from working out, not just the long-range ones. What do you love most about exercise?

Make sure to talk with your doctor before starting any new exercise routine.