Day 21 of the 30 Days of Healthy Habits: Form the Exercise Habit
They say that it takes three 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.”
5 Easy Ways to Form the Exercise Habit
Decide today to do at least 20 minutes of exercise. It can be as simple as a walk around the park. As you experience the exhilarating feeling that follows exercise, you will look forward to increasing the intensity and duration of your physical activity.
Put it on a calendar, in your appointment book, or as a reminder in your phone, this way 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 is 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 sets of workout clothes, a water bottle, a small towel, and comfortable running shoes. Set these 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 you did, the duration, your body weight, and any comments on your progress. This will help motivate you to keep going.
And remember to keep it fun!
Healthy Habit: Start by setting out your workout clothes the night before.
Let's all remember to...
EAT WELL - STAY ACTIVE - LIVE HAPPY and enjoy a HEALTHY BODY FOR LIFE!