Creating an Exercise Habit You Won't Want to Quit
We can all benefit from adding exercise to our daily routines. Getting started seems to be the hardest part, but once you establish an exercise habit, it becomes easier. For too many of us, creating a daily exercise routine that we stick with no matter what seems to be a hill we just can't climb. There are ways to make it less of a dread and something to look forward to, and the effort is well worth it once you start to see the benefits you get from daily exercise. Creating a habit takes a little time and cultivation. So, let’s talk about how you can make working out a habit that you won't quit.
Cultivate Your Exercise Habit
- Add it to your schedule. Many people cite a lack of free time for failing to exercise. If you look at your average day, you could almost certainly find a block of 30-60 minutes where you could squeeze in some exercise. Once you add a workout to your calendar or daily planner, it becomes a little tougher to ignore.
- Find a workout partner. Exercising can often feel like a lonely pursuit. This is why you should ask a friend or family member to join you in exercising. Having someone else there makes exercising more fun, plus you get to motivate one another.
- When you have a workout partner, you will be less inclined to skip an exercise session, as it will make you feel as though you are letting that other person down.
- Keep it fresh. Doing the same thing every day can quickly get boring, so sprinkle in different activities that you can do to get in shape. If the weather is good, go walking or biking. When it’s not so nice, hit the indoor pool and go swimming.
- Start out slowly. One of the worst things that you can do when getting back into exercising is pushing yourself too hard. This is especially true if you have been living a sedentary lifestyle for a while. You should be tired, but comfortably so, at the end of your workouts.
- If you are falling down and struggling to breathe at the end of your exercise routines, pull it back a little.
- Make it easy to exercise. Joining a gym that is miles from home, and which leaves you sitting in traffic for hours on end is not a great idea. You will use that as an excuse to skip days. All you really need is an exercise mat, some weights, and a decent pair of running shoes and you are all set to exercise at home. You can also hit your local park for walks and other activities.
- People in the military get fit doing little more than running and calisthenics. Keep things simple and give yourself one less reason to quit.
- Keep track of your progress. Staying motivated becomes easier when you see the progress you are making. Keep in mind that the biggest leaps come early on, so find a way to push yourself through the inevitable plateaus. Change up your routine or make it progressive more difficult as you get in shape.
An Exercise Habit Will Not Happen Overnight
As we already mentioned, getting started with an exercise program is the hardest part for most of us. It takes time, but once you make it part of your daily routine, it becomes a habit that you perform without too much thought or need for motivation. Take the time. Make the effort. Once you truly have the "exercise habit" you're going to look and feel better. Get started today!
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If you're beginning a new exercise program and and you'd like to discuss it with a professional, RX Fitness works with hundreds of coaches, personal trainers, and physical therapists. We'd be happy to refer you to one who can help. If you're looking for a great selection of fitness equipment and accessories of all kinds, we carry the top brands to fit every goal and budget and we're here to make your fitness routine more productive. Stop by our store in Thousand Oaks or give us a call. And don't forget to check out Tim's best-selling book, Fitness Equipment – A Shopper's Guide, available at Amazon and other online book sellers as well as in our store.
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