Three Tips for Making Exercise a Habit
We all know that regular exercise is good for us. Whether it’s taking the dog for a walk through the park or joining the local football club, exercise leaves us feeling healthier and happier. When we exert ourselves it’s not only our fitness levels that improve – the release of endorphins also causes happiness and a feeling of content. But despite this, long working hours and the lure of the sofa means that most of us don’t get the exercise that we need.
Here we’ve looked at the three best ways to turn your sporadic exercising into a regular habit. If you’re looking to get in better shape or just want to maintain a healthy lifestyle, why not read through and see how you can start making changes?
1) Make a Schedule Ahead of Time
One of the biggest excuses for not exercising is a lack of time. When you work long hours and have things like dinner and the kids’ homework to contend with, it can be difficult to squeeze in the next run or gym session. But by scheduling your exercise ahead of time, you can plan around your work and other responsibilities to make sure nothing is forgotten.
Why not set a specific day and time for exercising each week? You’ll not only be able to choose the times when you’re less busy, but by forming a regular routine you’ll also be increasing your chances of sticking at it in the long-term.
2) Make it Realistic and Accountable
Whether you’re a regular runner or you haven’t broken a sweat in months, it’s equally important to set yourself realistic goals. There’s nothing more disheartening than failing to reach a target, even if we’ve worked our hardest in the process, so it’s best to begin with reachable goals and work your way up. Remember that the more you exercise the fitter you’ll become, so eventually you’ll have no problem pushing yourself that extra mile.
As part of human nature, we’re more likely to do things if we’re accountable to others. If we’re in it together, then we’re both more likely to succeed. This is why it’s a good idea to join an exercise accountability group or partner up with a friend for your jogging, sports or gym sessions. You’ll be able to keep track of your goals and progress, and more importantly you’ll benefit from the encouragement and inspiration of others.
3) Keep Things Fun
Forget endless running on a monotonous treadmill, exercise can be as fun and exciting as you make it. A gym membership can give us much-needed stability and excellent facilities, but there’s a beautiful world out there too. To keep things fresh, why not cycle through the countryside or take a jog around the coast?
To make sure your exercise never becomes boring, you could also experiment in different sports and activities. Why not try a new sport with your local club? Or attend some different classes with a friend? As long as your heart rate is increasing, you’ll be doing your body some good. Plus, if you’re enjoying yourself you’ll be more inclined to stick to your routine.
How often do you exercise? Do you have any other tips for developing this healthiest of habits?