Its the answer thats on everyones minds… How do I get into the Habit of Exercising?
It’s fairly common knowledge that exercise is GOOD for you.
The benefits of regular physical activity have been researched, put to the test, and proven, time and time again, with the results showing overall better mental and physical health.
So, it raises the question, if we know that exercise has a direct relation to a better quality of life, why is it that we are not all putting one foot in front of the other and exercising regularly?
For many, the answer is simple: we are creatures of habit, and if we don’t have an exercise routine in place, we are less likely to exercise!
An exercise routine must be established, planned and practiced just like any other routine you participate in daily.
We often dive into an exercise routine without the right tools necessary to help us succeed. We need to provide ourselves with the tools, assistance and information necessary to make exercising a successful, routine habit. Everyone has their own reasons for why they may feel it is difficult to start, or maintain, an exercise routine.
The trouble, of course, comes with sticking with it. All too often, our initial enthusiasm and energy wanes, we get distracted by other things going on in our lives, or we don’t think we’re seeing results quickly enough — and we throw in the towel.
Yet many people do manage to hang in there, and would no sooner skip their regular workout than their morning shower. What’s their secret?
They enjoy feeling good about themselves and being healthy.
So, once you have your priorities in the right place, how can you become one of the fitness faithful?
1. Lack Motivation
If you know you lack motivation then lets face it the Gym probably isn’t the best thing for you. Try joining a running club, group classes or find someone who you can buddy up with so you can be accountable to each other.
Set time out in your week, block it out of the diary. A lot of the time people find excuses or other things that need to be done, by blocking it out of the diary it starts to become a routine and part of your weekly priorities.
3. Be aware of all the indicators of progress.
It’s great when your clothes fit better and you can lift heavier weights or work out longer without getting exhausted.
But there are a slew of other progress indicators, such as:
- Getting a good night’s sleep
- Thinking more clearly
- Having more energy
- Realising your muscles aren’t screaming after you’ve helped a friend move furniture
- Seeing your resting heart rate drop over time.
4. Set yourself Goal
Set yourself some realistic goals and when you achieve them reward yourself. Making behaviour changes is hard, and rewards motivate. So decide on a goal and a reward, and work toward it. You might buy yourself a video you’ve wanted after you stick to your fitness plan for one month, or buy new walking shoes when you achieve 5,000 steps a day. Do whatever works for you.