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10 Simple Steps to Get Fit

Martina Navratilova gives tips on how to get in shape

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7.  Choose something you're pretty good at, or at least can master

If you're all left feet on the dance floor, then you probably won't feel successful in an aerobic dance class. Find an activity you can do with confidence. Confidence creates the inner environment to succeed and stay with it.

8.  Mix it up by performing many activities

Since I, like most tennis players, have the attention span of the average hummingbird, I've always liked to have great variety in my training. Here are all the things that I might do on any given day — though not all at once: basketball, hockey, mountain biking, swimming, hiking, soccer, softball, running, kicking a hackey-sack, running track, skiing, snowboarding, Pilates, and lots of on-court drills to keep up my speed and agility. The body is lazy. Once it gets used to a pattern, it will work just enough, no more, no less, to stay there. To continue getting more fit and in shape, don't let your body become complacent. Keep it working and guessing.

9.  Recruit a workout buddy

Surrounding myself with family, friends, teammates, coaches, trainers and other advisers has helped me become a tennis champion. If you do not have an obvious choice for a workout partner, keep looking. It could be a neighbor, coworker, relative or that person sitting next to you in that new class you're taking.

10.  Seek expert advice, especially when beginning an exercise program

A qualified personal trainer can help you get started, stay motivated and prevent injuries.

Martina Navratilova is AARP's fitness expert.

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