The Easiest Way to Make Exercise a Habit
We all know that exercise is beneficial for our bodies.
It can make you feel happier, it’s good for your muscles and bones, can help you sleep better, reduces your risk of chronic disease, and most popular benefit, promotes weight loss.
All of those great benefits should make any person want to exercise. But, as we all know, it’s definitely easier said than done. We start off strong by attempting to exercise throughout the week. We workout consistently for a week, or maybe even a few months, only to eventually find ourselves back where we were – sedentary.
What if I told you that another workout plan isn’t what you need to make exercise a habit? What if there was a (very simple) way to make exercise a natural part of your life without the struggle or overwhelm? Would you believe me? Keep reading for more!
In order to make execise a habit, you have to start small. No ifs, ands, or buts about it.
If you are new to exercise or you haven’t done any type of workout routine in a while, this tip can help you become consistent with exercise without feeling overwhelmed.
Going from no workouts throughout the week to 5 days a week overnight is unrealistic. You must work your way up.
Think about your overall fitness goal(s). Do you wish to lose fat? Are you wanting to gain muscle? Or do you simply want to exercise to reap its healthy benefits?
Now, think about what it will take for you to get there. How many days per week do you want to exercise in order to accomplish your goal? Once you have that figured out, cut down those days in half (or more than half if that’s what’s needed in order to gain long-term success).
Putting it into action
Let’s look at an example: When I started my weight loss journey a few years ago, my goal was to exercise 3 days per week. Being that I wasn’t active prior to my journey, I allowed myself to start small.
I set a goal to exercise 1 day every single week and made sure I accomplished it no matter what. It didn’t matter if I stayed at the goal for an entire month or two; all that mattered was the fact that I was moving forward.
It may not have been much to some people, but for me, it was everything. Eventually, exercise became second nature, and that 1 day increased to 5 workouts every week!
This method can easily be applied to your life and help you accomplish your goals as well. Just remember that small, consistent changes will lead to the bigger picture. Be gentle with yourself, make it happen, and never give up.