WHERE DO YOU BEGIN -
5 ways to help you form the exercise habit
They say that it takes 3 weeks of consistently doing something in order to form a habit.
All you have to do is simply begin.
As Lao-tzu states, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
If you haven't exercised for some time or you have health concerns, you may want to talk to your doctor before starting a new exercise routine.
Decide today to do at least 15 minutes of exercise.
Fifteen minutes – it CAN be done! It can be as simple as a walk around the park.
Increase that on a weekly basis.
As you experience the exhilarating feeling that follows exercise, you will be back for more.
By putting it on a calendar, in your appointment book, or as a reminder on your phone , it is more likely to get done.
Try exercising first thing in the morning.
Not only will it energize you for the day but it will leave you with a sense of accomplishment.
Get it done before the day’s distractions begin.
Commit to it
Involve a friend. It’s easier to stick to a program knowing that there is someone sharing that experience with you; someone counting on you to be there at the appointed time and place.
You could also purchase a gym membership or enlist in an exercise class.
This creates a financial commitment that may help you take the plunge into fitness.
Make sure that you have every needful thing ready ahead of time.
Have enough workout clothes and set them out the night before so that you are always ready to go.
Keep a record of your exercise; it will serve as a system of accountability.
Record the date, the type of exercise, the duration, your body weight and any comments on your progress.
This will help motivate you to keep going.
Make that important appointment with yourself.
Involve a friend.
Be prepared for your workouts.
Write down your accomplishment.
But above all...expect success!
Exercise is the fountain of youth!
Until the next one...
Eat Well - Stay Active - Live Happy,
and enjoy a Healthy Body for Life!