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Making Exercise a Healthy Habit

August 31, 2014

Most people don’t like to exercise. But even if you don’t like to exercise, it is essential for optimal health, and our bodies need exercise. Exercise is vital for many reasons; it prevents disease, improves stamina, strengthens muscles, bones and ligaments, enhances flexibility and helps to control weight. You don’t have to be fitness obsessed but there are plenty of ways to be make exercise a healthy habit.

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Exercise in the AM

Getting up early in the morning and working out will give you energy for the rest of the day. Plus if you get your exercise in for the day, and you won’t skip it later on because of distractions or not enough time. Exercising at the same time everyday will help to improve your efforts and people who work out in the morning are more likely to stick to their routine than people who work out later in the day. Set your alarm 1 hour before you normally get up. Make sure you set out everything you need to exercise for the morning. When our alarm goes off, don’t hit snooze, and turn a light on to wake up faster. It will be tough the first few days. But each day will get easier and your body will become accustomed to waking up early, just as it will get used to working out.

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Convenience is Key

Plan when, where, and how you are going to work out. If it doesn’t fit into your daily routine, it’s more likely you aren’t going to do it. Find the best time to work it into your schedule and prepare yourself ahead of time. If everything is already laid out there is no excuse not to workout.

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Give it Six Weeks

Give exercising time to become a habit. It takes about six weeks to start seeming changes in your body and in how you feel. It’s about this time you will notice that you feel different if you happen to miss a day or skip a workout. So if you want to make exercise a healthy habit, keep a calendar or journal and mark it for six weeks. I guarantee by the time you get to the six week mark you won’t even need to keep track anymore, it will just become a normal part of your daily routine.

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Motivation through Apps

As a society we rely on technology for so much now a days, text, email, weather, shopping, why not physical fitness and weight loss. There are thousands of apps both free and not to help you keep track of what you eat, when you exercise, how many steps you take, how many calories you burn, and so on. These fitness trackers help you stay on track and have the capability to share your accomplishments on social media as well.

Get to Bed Earlier

Exercise uses up energy, which can make you tired. So to counteract that, go to bed earlier and make sure you get enough sleep. Exercise will help to fall asleep faster and get overall better sleep. But if you stay up late it can make you even more tired which can affect you the next day. If you know you need 8 hours of sleep each night, set a limit of how late you can realistically stay up and still get 8 hours of sleep each night.

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Find the Right Exercise for you

Not every type of exercise is for everyone. That’s not to say that you can’t do it, it just means you may not like running or biking, etc. If you try something and you absolutely hate it then it’s more likely you won’t stick with it. This is not the right exercise for you. You need to choose an exercise routine that you can zone out and get through it that way before you know it times up. Whether it’s listening to music on a run, chatting with a buddy while walking, following an instructor in an aerobics class, these things distract you from staring at the clock and wondering when it’s going to be over.

Make it a Habit

To make exercise a habit, you need to establish a regular routine. That way you don’t think twice before doing it. It takes time for something to become habit, but you can speed up the process by keeping your daily routine regular. Get up at the same time every day, have your workout clothes and gear ready, etc. Do the same things in the same order and eventually your brain and body will become used to your exercise habit.