Exercise and a good diet still the key

No health regimen is complete without exercise. Often, though, it can be hard to sustain the effort needed to work out.

Gothenburg Memorial Hospital Wellness Center director Beth Ivey said when a person starts a new healthy behavior, its important to sit down and write out a list of all of the obstacles. Then, decide how to react when those obstacles arise.

Ivey also suggested a support network.

“A support network can help you to be held accountable,”shesaid.

Ivey said to be careful of the maintenance stage. This stage comes about six months into the new behavior. Things have become a little bit more comfortable and it is integrated into everyday life. It is at this stage that there is the highest risk of relapse. Ivey said she feels its important at that point to reinforce the behavior.


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