10 Tips to Make Exercising a Habit for Life
I’m a personal trainer and former athlete. I have been active throughout my entire life, however I do understand something – not everyone likes to exercise. You may be one of those people.
Maybe you had a bad experience with exercising in gym class. Maybe you don’t like to sweat. Maybe you dislike the smell of a fitness center. Maybe you have just never been in that great of shape and always found exercising difficult. Heck, maybe you just don’t really know how to exercise and so you simply do nothing instead.
You might wonder how other people can work out so much. How can they do it every single week, month, and year?
I promise they are human beings just like you and not some crazy different species. To help you better understand how some people can work out consistently and others can never seem to hit their stride you first have to understand this: there are no set rules for what you have to do for exercise.
What Type of Exercise is Best for You?
Sure, some methods of working out are better than others, but all you have to find out is what works for you personally. Just because your friend spends 2 hours a day in the gym doing bicep curls doesn’t mean you have to do the same.
Regardless of what you choose for exercise, consistency is the key to making it a lifelong habit; build on that. You don’t have to start out by running 10 miles a day; simply start with something that will be easy for you.
Make it a point to be consistent every week. If this is your number one priority you will make a great deal of progress and once you start getting in better shape it becomes much easier to exercise more. Start easy, even if that is just 5 minutes of exercising each day.
Understand this: our bodies are designed to move. When we go without physical activity for too long, many health issues arise; you know this already. This is why working out is so important.
So, how do you actually start exercising and then stick with it for a lifetime?
10 Tips to Make Exercising a Habit for Life
Commit to exercising regularly. I have to say it again to really be sure that you understand it: consistency is everything. It will help you make it habit for the rest of your life. Even if you start with just 5 minutes a day, commit to exercising regularly.
Start slow. Too often times we get all jacked up to start a new workout program and the first day is great, but before long we quit doing the program. Take it slow, start with something easy, and progress from there.
Find a workout partner. You don’t have to do this whole exercise thing by yourself. Finding a workout partner can give you accountability and help to challenge you. On top of that its way more fun!
Get a dog. Even if you aren’t motivated to exercise, your dog surely will be. Besides, how can you say no to that puppy face?
Find something fun. Play some tennis, go on a bike ride, try rollerblading; there are plenty of options out there for a fun work out.
Join a team. Joining a team can be a great way to stay active. Find a basketball team, soccer team, or some intramural sports team.
Set tiny goals. Write down your goals for the day, the week, and the month. Make sure these goals are in a spot where you will see them every day. Review them to remind yourself of what you are working towards.
Keep a workout log. This is an awesome way to stay accountable and to see your progress every week.
Be optimistic. Forget any struggles with exercise you have had in the past; those days are gone. This is time for a new you!
Leverage your exercise time. Use your exercise time to spend more time with family, listen to an audio book, or get things done. You could play an active game with your family and friends, listen to an audio book while riding a stationary bike, or bike to the store to get groceries. Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too?
We all know that exercising is beneficial to our health, but it is not easy for everyone to do consistently. Realize this: exercise doesn’t have to be boring. It doesn’t have to be a huge chore. Simply find some type of activity you enjoy doing, be consistent and you’ll make exercising a habit for the rest of your life. Maybe, you’ll learn to love exercising as much as this guy:
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