Fending off fitness fatigue

Mon May 21, 2012 5:02am EDT
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By Dorene Internicola

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Runners stumble, yogis yawn, and even the bulkiest body builders get bored.

But fitness experts say there are specific tricks to help people get and stay motivated.

Connecticut-based exercise physiologist Tom Holland, who has coached clients on everything from losing weight to climbing mountains to running marathons, said set a date.

"Whether it's a wedding or a race or a reunion, there has to be a date," said Holland, author of "Beat the Gym: Personal Trainer Secrets Without the Personal Trainer Price Tag."

"We need clear, defined goals," he added. "A new year's resolution or a desire to lose weight is not enough."

And if the goal is big, cut it down to size.

"I train a lot of people to run marathons," Holland said. "Doing five Ks (three miles) and half-marathons add little victories along the way."

Sometimes, he said, the trick is to get their minds off what they're doing.   Continued...