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The clock strikes midnight, you shout 'Happy New Year' and promise yourself this is the year you get fit. By spring, you've already started skipping aerobics. "Unfortunately, it is much easier for people to sign up for exercise instruction than to stick with it," explains Caroline Silby, a sports psychologist who specializes in motivation.

Take Dr. Silby's quiz to find out if you've got what it takes to stick with a workout program or if you're prone to being an exercise dropout. And why. Plus, advice on how to get motivated.

Are you motivated

Do You:

yes no
1. Work in a white collar job?
2. Live in the Midwest or West?
3. Smoke?
4. In the past, have you participated in an exercise program for 6 months or more?
5. Participated in sports before the age of 14?
6. Believe that physical activity has health benefits?
7. Experience satisfaction when you follow through on a commitment to exercise?
8. Describe yourself as self-motivated?
9. Describe yourself as Type A personality (aggressive, achievement oriented, ambitious and time-conscious)?
10. Have a place to exercise that is convenient?
11. Adjust your exercise program to suit your schedule?
12. Does your spouse/significant other have a positive attitude about your involvement in exercise?
13. Is your spouse/significant other willing to juggle schedules to facilitate your involvement in exercise?
14. Juggle your schedule to make time for exercise?
15. Try and squeeze exercise in during lunch hour?
16. Often make the comment, "I'd like to exercise but I just don't have the time."
17. Take a "more is better" attitude toward your fitness program?
18. When you begin an exercise program, do you often do too much and wind up with sore muscles?
19. Tend to involve yourself in group exercise programs or workout with someone?
20. Have a likeable and knowledgeable exercise leader?
 


SCORING:  

1. You get a point for "yes" responses to questions:
1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 19 and 20

2. You get a point for "no" responses to questions:
3, 9, 15, 16, 17, 18.

 

Note: Research indicates that demographics do effect exercise commitment. For example, if you happen be a non-smoking woman living in the Midwest or West, you are more likely to exercise.

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