Tips on getting “The Exercise Habit”

body_bg-2Having trouble getting into “The Exercise Habit”? Many people set their initial exercise goals too high, then become dispirited when they can´t achieve them. Think about starting small so that you always finish wanting to do more. A “killer” workout can be fun and stimulating, but can also be dispiriting and leave you so drained that you have to rest and consequently get out of the habit of regular exercise.

If you are really struggling to get motivated, how about setting a really easy goal, such as to walk briskly for 10 minutes, 3 times a week. Pick a time of day that works for you (first thing in the morning is good for many people) and just do it! You can then progress something like:

Week 1 – 3 x 10 minutes.
Week 2 – 2 x 10 minutes, 1 x 15 Minutes.
Week 3 – 1 x 10 minutes, 2 x 15 Minutes.
Week 4 – 3 x 15 Minutes.

Now you’re getting the habit!

Week 5 – 3 x 20 Minutes.
Week 6 – 3 x 30 Minutes.
Week 7 – 3 x 40 Minutes.
Week 8 – 3 x 50 Minutes.
Week 9 – 3 x 60 Minutes.

2 months after starting you have a healthy regular habit and are burning around 1200 kcals a week more than before. Assuming you don´t increase your energy intake, that could add up to around 9 kg / 20 lbs lost in a year, without spending a penny on gym membership.

Now you have something to build on.

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