The Power of Routine—From Effort to Lifestyle Habit

  • Have goals that are simple and realistic. If you haven’t been doing much for exercise for the past year or more, it doesn’t make sense to pick a goal like running a marathon in four months as a realistic objective. I recommend you first try to see how your body responds to working out three times a week. Then after eight weeks, you can reassess. Setting short-term goals can lead to bigger goals and they can be great motivators for change. But shooting for something too big too fast can set you up for failure.
  • Commit to yourself. Having a friend or dog to accompany you during your workout has also been shown to help some people be more motivated to exercise, but there is a drawback. Sometimes the friend or dog can get sick or can’t go for some reason. You shouldn’t let that stop you. We all have our inner self to fall back on and you should be your own workout partner of last resort. There is a powerful confidence boost and sense of independence that you get from doing your workout on your own that enhances self-awareness and positive self-image. Like keeping a log, a solo workout is motivating and will help establish exercise as a lifestyle habit. Soon exercising regularly becomes just a part of who you are. It’s what you do, and more power to you for doing it!


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