If you’re looking to make exercise habit, but don’t know where to start, you’re in the right place.
As you already know, regular exercise is one of the most effective ways of improving overall health and well-being levels.
In fact, most people generally admit that they should exercise more often.
Here is the truth:
Starting a new fitness routine is simple.
The difficulty, of course, lies in making it consistent.
In fact, sticking to an exercise program is one of the hardest things to establish.
I know. Been there, done that.
But fret no more. Today I got you covered.
How to Make Exercise a Lifestyle Habit
In this post, I’ll share with you some of the rules to make it easier to plan, prepare, and stick your workout routine.
Follow these guidelines, and you’ll be well on the way to making exercise a part of your lifestyle in no time.
1. Make Your Goals Easy
A common mistake many beginners make is to expect too much too early.
We are a society that’s wired to expect instant results. We want it, and we want it now. Not later.
But when you apply this logic to exercise, you’re bound to cause more harm than good. In fact, that’s how discouragement (and burnouts) occurs.
If you haven’t done much exercise lately, it will be stupid—and quite reckless—to pick a goal like a bench pressing 200 pounds or completing a marathon in three months as a realistic objective.
As you take your first few steps, make sure your goals are easy, simple, and realistic.
Set the bar so low that’s virtually impossible for you not to succeed. Success, after all, is a relative term.
You got to decide what it means to you.
If it means just being able to run for 20 minutes without panting for air or going to the gym for a couple of times per week, then it’s all good.
Be successful on your own terms, said otherwise.
2. Find Your Favorite Exercise
When you do something you enjoy, you’re likely to stick to it.
By the same token, if you hate running or going to the gym, it’s virtually futile to get a new pair of running shoes or a gym membership.
What’s the point in investing both money and time on something you dislike doing? It’s just a waste—and you don’t want that.
There are different workouts to get you sweating, so go for something you actually enjoy.
I happen to love running and weight lifting (the perfect combo), but you might feel otherwise. And there is nothing wrong with that.
In fact, I encourage you to think (and feel) for yourself. Carve your own path. Do not follow someone else’s footpath—unless that trail is taking you where you want to go.
3. Do it Regularly
A common thread that runs through most unfailing exercisers is that they work out almost every day, usually before the sun comes up or late the evening.
So, to make exercise part of your lifestyle, especially during the first few weeks, don’t skip a day.
When it comes to the exact length required to build a habit, the length of time varies from one person to the next, depending on many factors, including: