When it comes to getting started (or sticking with) an exercise program, not many people are known to be self-motivated or self-starters for that matter.

In a recent study that was conducted with adults with chronic illnesses, it was revealed that that the motivation to exercise does not happen by merely providing information that will alter the beliefs and knowledge that these people have about exercise, but by providing them with specific action-oriented strategies.So, here is that list of ten action-oriented strategies that can help one “get back in shape”:

1. Set realistic and manageable goals for your exercise program

If you plan to work out two times a week for twenty minutes, ensure that you are easily able to do. Using a work out log that tracks progress, tips and other things will help you stick to the program as well. Don’t forget to reward yourself for staying on track.

2. Just get started by walking everyday

If you’re a beginner and don’t have an exercise program, try and get started by walking for about 5000 steps a day, using a pedometer, of course.

3. Find a class, group or friend to exercise with

Not only is working out in a group or with a friend more fun but it can motivate to “keep up” or puhs your limits through healthy competition.

4. Pick exercises that use multiple muscle groups

If you spend time exercising each muscle group, this will not only not give the results that you’d like but will take much longer, and so it is recommended that one maintains an exercise program that focuses on full body movements per repetition.

5. Use mp3 players, TV programs and whatever gets you “going”

While iPods have become a popular choice amongst people who exercise regularly some folks also watch television while exercising but as each person has different ways by which he is motivated to get going, find your own unique method.