Is it really possible to stick with an exercise program forever, or at least for a long, long time?
It sure is- and I am living proof.
When I was younger, I used to joke that exercise was against my religion. The mere thought of going for a run brought up such dread and emotional discomfort that I would avoid it at all costs.
Then I went to college, with its lack of supervision on curfews and pizza consumption.
Not wanting to succumb to the “Freshman 15,” I forced myself to start working out. At first, it felt like a necessary evil. Soon enough, though, exercise just became a normal part of my life.
Since then and, now, almost (not quite but almost) three decades later, exercise continues to be an integral part of my life. And I love it. Heck, I even taught group exercise classes for almost 15 years.
How did I go from dread to love of fitness? I changed how I approached exercise, from how I viewed it to how I did it.
And so, when K. Aleisha Fetters at US News & World Reports wanted my take on how to make fitness a habit, I jumped at the opportunity to share what worked for me and what I have used to help hundreds do the same. The article is entitled, “10 Ways to Finally Make Fitness a Habit.”
The top three are:
- Forget the ‘Go Hard or Go Home’ Mentality: You don’t need to workout for an hour. A five minute walk around the block is #BetterThanPerfect
- Stop Waiting to Have Time: Admit it, if you wait until you have time, you will never exercise. So instead, schedule your workouts like you do any other event that is important to you.
- Give it Eight Weeks: While some habits can take only 3 weeks, cementing a habit into your life with its craziness and unpredictability can take longer. Commit to eight weeks and you may be surprised how easy it is to consistently make exercise a part of your life.
Click here to see what the other seven ways to finally make fitness a habit are.
Then let us know in the comments section below which one you are going to apply today.
P.S. The article got picked up by Yahoo too.