I have been trying to build a life long exercise habit before turning 40 and I am about 10 weeks into a 6 month (plus the rest of my life) process. I can honestly say, I exercise now nearly every day (confession – I did stop when on vacation). In this post, I’ll quickly summarize the 5 steps that led to my own success so far. For more details, you can read my four part series on Building the Exercise Habit .
Complex habits like exercise takes at least 6 months to build. So mentally prepare to motivate yourself for 6 to 12 months.
Step 2: Plan Ahead
Every day mentally plan for the next day’s exercise. Keep workout gear visible and know when in your schedule you will do your workout.
Before blaming lack of motivation for why you are not exercising, identify all real barriers you face and actively find solutions.
Step 4: Start Slow
Being sore or exhausted early on will only derail your progress. Take it as slow as you need to and build from there. Remember you are looking at a 6 month commitment!
Find an activity you enjoy that works your heart and add a basic strength training routine. Keep it simple and execute for 30-45 minutes nearly every day.
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