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5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Online Exercise Course

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Physical education is one of the trickiest subjects to study through the net. Group exercise classes are held in groups for a reason: the greater the number of exhausted but persevering peers you have at your side, the more likely you are to stick with the program. When you only have yourself to compete with, it’s easy to go slow, stop short, and give up early. But, taking an online P.E. class doesn’t have to be an exercise in futility. These simple steps can have you giving your all in no time.
    1. Keep a journal. Even if your class doesn’t require it, keep a record of your progress. Just seeing what you’ve accomplished will inspire you to try harder.

    2. Find a buddy. Ask a friend to take the class with you. Work together on the assignments and encourage each other through the hard parts. You’ll be glad to have someone you trust cheering you on. If you don’t have someone to work with, consider teaming up with another online student and comparing notes through email or an instant messenger. Just knowing someone else is working towards the same goals can be a big help.

    3. Compete against yourself. If you can’t find a friend to compete against, try to beat your own best record. Trying to beat yourself will ensure that you don’t get too lazy with your workout.

    4. Visit a local gym. Take a trip to the nearest YMCA every once and a while to test your new endurance on their machines. You’ll be glad for a break and, if you’ve been sticking with the program, are likely to be happy with the results.

    5. Frequent the message boards. If your class has a message board, take advantage of it. Chat with your instructor and peers about your progress and learn from their experience. If you don’t have access to a course board, check out general exercise and fitness boards on the internet. Find people who are passionate about exercise and cross your fingers that it’s contagious.
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