Posted - August 12, 2009

Adopting an Exercise Habit

How can you make exercise a part of your lifestyle? Adopting new habits can be a challenge, but there are certain tricks you can use to help yourself stick to a new routine. For example, if you enjoy walking outdoors, begin adding this as a habit a little at a time. First, set a time every day to walk and eliminate any potential excuses. If it is raining, have an umbrella handy. If you are feeling tired, just do a very short walk. It can be easy to say no, but if you make it out the door it really is a victory you can claim every day.

Once you have one habit down, start another the same way. Find a time to do a particular activity and work at getting rid of the obstacles. If this approach doesn’t work well for you, try combining the exercise with something you enjoy instead. For example, if you hate walking but love reading, tie the two together. Walk from one end of the house to the other before you settle in to read a chapter or an article, and then when you finish that section, do it again.