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Physical fitness starts with mental readiness

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GRAND FORKS — When people first meet with Altru Clinic dietitian Susan Streitz, they usually know what they want to do.

“They’ll say, ‘I’m going to exercise an hour a day and stop eating junk food,’” Streitz said. “They have grandiose goals.”

But behavioral change is hard, she said. “You’re changing habits you’ve had your whole life.”

Any successful health-related change involves altering your habits, she said. “That is a slow process and takes a long time.”

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