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How To Make Exercising A Habit

We are lucky enough to be live in a generation where everything can be manipulated and accessed through the internet. Just type in any keyword and Google will show you a number of lists and ideas on anything you want to know. That’s maybe even how you found this post.

Exercise ideas, like everything else is one of the things you can find online. If I don’t have time to go for a run (or if it is raining) or I am too busy to hit the gym I simply type in something like ‘zumba dance workout’ or ‘ten minute pilates workout’ on Youtube. Then the search results show me hundreds and thousands of exercises that can be done from the comforts of my home and then I take it from there.

It is too easy to get lost in a world full of “instants” but it takes a lot of hard work and discipline to form a habit. One way to help do this is to make a commitment. Joining in with a group and meeting on a regular basis is often an effective way to make exercise a regular part of your life.

Exercising 3 to 4 times a week can be a challenge when you are working and have a family with kids. I know the feeling of being bombarded with work in the office and going home with the same scenario with children and dinner plans and not having enough time for myself. So instead of doing a workout it is often very tempting to slump on the couch, maybe a glass of wine, some other activities, then off to bed and sleep. Agree? Life can easily be like that.

Now, let me share with you the secrets to forming an exercise habit that will give you more energy, promote good health, provide weight loss and make you feel great.

 

1. SET A TIME.
One of the keys to forming your exercise habit, is to start doing it the same time every day. The reason most people fail to form a habit is due to inconsistency. You have to decide whether to do it in the morning, afternoon or evening and remind yourself using a calendar on your phone or a post it on the fridge anything that will work for you. Just be reminded and set the time in concrete. You have to be specific with the time, example 6:00 AM and stick to that schedule every time. If you don’t you will likely put it off and ignore the routine more and more.

 

2. INTEGRATE EXERCISE IN WHATEVER YOU DO.
We always make an excuse whenever we think about how we should get back in shape. One of the main reasons are ‘I don’t have time’ or ‘I’m too busy’. Believe it or not, even if you’re too busy to exercise you can usually still actually do it. There are exercises designed for those sitting down 8 hours every day in the office, you can always search in the internet for ideas.

Maybe when going to work, start ditching the train or bus early and take a walk the last few blocks instead. Park further away from your office intentionally. Just be sure to start walking early or else you’ll be late for work! It takes a willpower and effort to make even small changes like this, but hard work will reap its reward.

 

3. DON’T BE MOTIVATED BY WEIGHT LOSS ALONE. Feels good to lose weight and trim down but do not let losing weight be your motivation to exercise. The more you think about losing weight the more you’ll feel pressured and stressed out. Do it because you want to feel good about yourself and improve your quality of life. Remember that weight loss is just a bonus.
 

4. START SMALL.It’s always been said not to despise humble beginnings. Believe that starting small will lead you to do greater things and as you get comfortable with one amount of exercise, then add more. Begin your exercise slowly and 20 minutes the most, soon you’ll be surprised you can go faster and can do exercises longer. Habits are more likely to be formed when we don’t put too much expectations on ourselves.
 
5. DO A VARIETY OF EXERCISES.It’s always fun to do something new as long as you put your heart and soul into it. You can schedule swimming, running, yoga, join a bootcamp or Badminton, anything. Do them on different days and you’ll find yourself having fun and you will be more excited to do exercise every day. A variety of sports will make your workout interesting and a chance for you to use every inch of your muscles. Go and do what exercise you think is best for you. Don’t be scared to experiment. It can also increase your social circle and then as you get fitter, you will naturally gravitate to those you enjoy most more often.

6. JUST DO IT! The famous tag line from Nike tells us to “JUST DO IT”. True enough, if you do exercise without any excuses, not even a bad day can stop you.
 

7. GIVE YOURSELF A BREAK. The body needs a break too. An off day from working out will help your body to recover faster. Although I often like to suggest exercise every day for consistency, the key is to do an exercise which will require less use of muscles some days. A twenty minute walk will do, as long as you’re doing something that won’t break the habit.

 
8. DON’T QUIT. Forming a habit doesn’t come easy so always come up with plans that will take you to the next level of being consistent and for whatever reason, please don’t you ever quit!

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