Daily Exercise – Is it a Habit or are You Forcing Yourself?
We’ve all heard the excuse, “I just don’t have time to exercise”.
We might even be guilty of using it every now and again.
Whenever one thinks of losing weight, they immediately think of two things – diet and exercise… and neither sounds fun.
Thoughts of running endlessly on the treadmill or doing weight training is a turn off for thousands of people.
Yet, they force themselves to exercise because they want to lose weight.
The unfortunate fact is that by the third week, most people quit.
They start skipping workouts over and over until finally they just stop.
There’s a reason this happens. They’ve not made exercise a habit.
Once you make it a habit, you’ll stick with it. Until then, it’s a chore.
In this article we’ll look at how you can make it a habit that you carry with you into your golden years.
Exercise doesn’t have to be torture
Forget the old advice about running for an hour or lifting weights.
If you’ve led a sedentary life for years, all you need to do is find a physical activity you enjoy (other than the obvious one).
It doesn’t matter whether you like swimming or cycling or even Zumba classes.
As long as you’re moving, you’ll be burning calories.
Some people prefer kickboxing while others prefer rock climbing. There is no right or wrong answer.
The goal is to get more active… and if you find an activity you love, you’ll gladly stick with it until it becomes a habit.
Knowing the Basics
The basics of weight loss are to make sure your diet is on point and to get some cardio and resistance training in your workout regimen.
Over 80 percent of your success will depend on your diet.
Exercise is just to give your metabolism an added boost to burn more calories.
That said, regardless of what activity you do, if you do it fast with little rest in-between, it will become cardio in nature.
If you do rock climbing, it’s a form of resistance training. Do it fast over and over and it becomes cardio.
Running is a cardio activity.
Adding ankle weights or a weighted backpack while running uphill makes it resistance training.
So, you can always tweak the activities you love to get both cardio and resistance training in them.
The best way to make exercise a habit is to do it early in the day.
Get it over with. Do it before work or in the morning on weekends.
Once it’s done, you’ll not keep thinking of excuses to skip the workout.
Even those with the habit find themselves not in the mood every now and then.
Completing the exercise early in the day is one of the best ways to stay on track.
A quick trick to making exercise a habit
No matter how much you hate exercising initially, just tell yourself you’ll do it for 5 minutes.
It doesn’t matter if you go all the way to the gym just to walk on the treadmill for 5 minutes and go home. Just do it.
Over time, you will build the habit. No matter how lazy or unmotivated you feel, always give yourself that 5 minutes.
You’ll notice that most of the time, you carry on with the workout since you’re already there.
Just give yourself the chance. Everything else will fall into place once you take the first step.
These 4 points may seem simplistic, but they’re the fundamentals to making exercise a habit.
Adopt them and make exercise something you can’t live without.
“Habit is a cable; we weave a thread of it each day, and at last we cannot break it.” – Horace Mann