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Professor shares tips to push past weight loss plateau

Planning fun activities, rewards makes exercising enjoyable
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Millions of Americans start each New Year with the resolution to lose weight and get in shape; within a couple of months, these resolutions are often long forgotten. According to Dr. Amanda Perkins, assistant professor of kinesiology at Missouri State University, you are your own worst enemy in attaining weight loss goals.

“The greatest challenge to maintaining motivation is that people often start exercise programs with unrealistic expectations, and they don’t have a plan,” said Perkins.

To develop a successful workout plan, Perkins recommends keeping four main points in mind:

  • Keep it fun and switch up the routine.
  • Schedule workouts like you would schedule any other appointment, and keep the appointment with yourself.
  • Develop long-term and short-term goals.
  • Reward yourself for meeting goals.

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College of Health and Human Services
The College of Health and Human Services offers 16 undergraduate and 17 graduate and certificate programs. The academic units in the college include: biomedical sciences; communication sciences and disorders; kinesiology; nursing; physical therapy; physician assistant studies; psychology; public healthsocial work; and sports medicine and athletic training. Complementing the academic course work in nationally accredited programs are clinical experiences, laboratory and research experiences and internship opportunities. Students receive comprehensive training through interdisciplinary course work, coupled with professional mentoring in the work environment.

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