The Exercise Habit

The Exercise Habit

Cultivate Your Workout Routine into a Real Exercise Habit

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Creating an exercise habit – why does that seem to be such an insurmountable goal for so many? While it's not difficult to start a fitness routine, it can be difficult to keep it going and make that routine an actual "exercise habit." Let's face it; most of us have probably tried to start exercising regularly several times but have, for whatever reason, failed to stick with it. Or, you may be exercising some but not as regularly or with as much dedication as you'd like. And yet, there are lots of people who have managed to find the right formula, those who would no sooner skip their workout than skip brushing their teeth. The truth is, anyone can get on a fitness routine and stick to it with a little extra focus. Here are some tips that might help.

Variation – Mix it Up

The easiest way to break out of a new exercise habit is if that habit becomes a bore. Not all tasks will escape being mundane and unpleasant on occasion, but with exercise, there are plenty of opportunities to spice it up. For example, when it comes to working out, there's no rule that says you have to work out at a gym or at home with equipment. Try swimming, hiking, or joining a fun class in a sport or art you haven't tried before! Doing something you really enjoy can make your exercise habit feel less like work and much more like recreation.

Make It a Priority

Whatever the new habit you're trying to form, whether it's eating better or working out regularly, it has to become non-negotiable. You must tell yourself that the only way you're not going to accomplish this task is if you're dead or missing limbs. Your exercise habit must be one of the top things on your to-do list. After you've mastered this sort of thinking over the course of a few weeks, it will become ingrained in your psyche. This mantra has another benefit as well; friends and family will soon learn that what is non-negotiable is truly non-negotiable. They'll learn that exercising, or eating well, or whatever the habit, is part of your identity. They'll eventually give up trying to sabotage your goals with things like "Come on, skip the gym and come to the movies with me!" or "One piece of cake is not gonna kill you." etc.

Commit to Another Person

By making your new exercise habit social, you'll put an additional burden on yourself to keep to the routine. You might be able to break a promise to yourself, but you can't easily break a promise to a friend or workout partner without at least feeling bad about it, and potentially suffering repercussions. Working out with someone else will add motivation on those days when you'd really rather take a nap.

Build Your New Exercise Habit into Your Daily Schedule

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Find a nice little spot in your daily routine and put your new exercise habit there. Make it a required part of your day to day life. For example, when it comes to exercise, try working out first thing in the morning. Many experts agree that a morning schedule is best. Wake up a bit earlier than usual and revel in your "me" time. Use that time to exercise and look ahead to the day in front of you. It's a great way to wake up and feel accomplished before most people have even had their first cup of coffee! Plus, you'll feel energized for the rest of the day.

If your mornings are already fully booked (and be honest with yourself if they really are or you just want the extra sleep), try exercising on your way home from work. Don't go home first. It will be harder to motivate yourself to get back out. Get your workout done and come home knowing you've done your duty and you can finally fully kick back and relax.

The Exercise Habit – Final Thoughts

Creating a new, unbreakable commitment to yourself will always be hard when you first start. You'll backslide a few times. But don't let that keep you from trying and don't let it keep you from starting over when you slip up. A real exercise habit takes time to cultivate and become a part of your routine. But, once it does, you'll be glad you did it and you won't even consider going back.

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