10 Real Tips to Start, Stick with and Commit to Exercise ( Even if you thought there was no time)
1. Make it Fun
There are thousands of ways you can move your body and exercise, so don’t give up if you’ve decided lifting weights or doing crunches isn’t for you.
Biking, basketball, tennis, ice hockey, roller skating, softball, hiking, skiing, roller blading, running, jogging, walking briskly, flag football, touch football, badminton, racket ball, walking from train station to work, spending hours at the zoo or all fun forms of fitness. Exercise doesn’t only happen in the gym.
2. Schedule During Quiet Hours
Don’t put exercise time in a busy place where it will easily be pushed aside by something more important and if you’re a person who gets up early, get your “exercise ” quota met immediately. It’s to easy to let the day’s activities unfold and push the Ex to the side
3. Get a Buddy
Having someone to exercise with can boost your commitment to the exercise habit this is actually accountability in disguise. No one wants to let down their friend. Try exercising together then shopping ( more walking) or commit to try a new restaurant for lunch that serves no fried foods such as Seasons 52 or Bareburger
4. Mark Your Calendar
Put an X through any day on the calendar you go to the gym. The benefit is it quickly shows how long it has been since you’ve gone to the gym. Keeping a steady amount of X’s on your calendar is an easy way to motivate yourself. X marks the spot! Every Sunday, post on Facebook how many Xs you’ll commit to and create a reward for yourself, such as a massage when you hit 12 Xs in a month
5. Create a Ritual
This means that the time of day, place or cue automatically starts you towards grabbing your bag and heading out. Decide when you have time to spare and enjoy your workout. Do you need to wind down after work with a stress busting routine or do you rev up in the morning from your endorphin producing workout? Commit and publicly announce your intention to spend 3 mornings or late day times for your workout. The intense relief and release you will feel automatically becomes your self motivator. Once you get it, nothing will let you give it up.
6. Stress Relief
Exercise can be a great way to relieve stress, since it releases endorphin which will improve your mood. The next time you feel stressed or tired, try doing an exercise you enjoy. Hang a Trx in your house with a door anchor and use it when stress comes creeping in.
7. Measure Fitness
Weight isn’t always the best number to track. Fitness improvements are a great way to stay motivated. Recording simple numbers such as the number of push-ups, sit-ups or the speed you can run can help you see that the exercise is making you stronger and faster. Keep a journal and continue to aim for one more rep of everything you do, when you’re suddenly doing 20 push-ups instead of 10, you know you’re getting stronger.
8. Isolate Your Weakness
If falling off the exercise wagon is a common occurrence for you, find out why. As soon as you can isolate your weakness, you can make steps to improve the situation. What trigger causes you to skip a workout, what trigger causes you to eat comfort food or candy, what events make you reach for coffee or alcohol? Knowing the trigger, emotion or event is a huge step in changing the result and action.
9. Start Small
Work below your capacity for the first few weeks to build the habit and let your body adapt.
10. Go for Yourself, Not to Impress
If you go to the gym to push yourself, gain energy and have a good time, then you can keep going even when results are slow. All lifestyle changes will stick when you’re the reason you’ve made the commitment to change. It won’t work because a spouse, friend or child want you to change. Change happens only when you’ve flipped your own switch for a pain or reason that became bigger than the reason you were not doing it.
If you can get to the point of being ready, these steps will change your life and maybe save your life one day. Health is the true Wellth. Get on it, and please leave us feedback if you found this helpful and when you start to see change[/text_output]