By this time, we have generated the desire to exercise & even made well intended efforts to get to the gym, but the next hurdle is developing a motive to get your body moving. It’s using the better part of the theory, “bodies in motion tend to stay in motion.”
1. Make it fun. Almost all habits start with it being enjoyable- both good ones & bad ones. The best part of this habit, though, is the results could lead to improving vitality, six-pack abs and/or athletic performance. Pick an action that you enjoy. Do you like walking? Walk for 30 minutes. Do you like lifting weights? Then do just that! Get moving with what you enjoy most & keep adding things on as you go!
2. Just do something, anything, that allows you to move. So how do you start? This a basic question to ask & you can accomplish that with a simple protocol. Begin each & every morning with some low intensity movement. Start with high-knees & butt-kickers. Keep this effort simple & repeatable.
3. Build momentum. Use a layering effect. Did you accomplish a week’s worth of stretching? If you have, then you have some motivation started. Do something small to add to your momentum. Continue to do more types of stretching (like yoga), do pull-ups, go for a walk/run or anything else you can build with.
4. Find achievable challenges. This is where most people lose their motivation. There is a difference between accomplishing a goal & working towards one. The wins are great. Even small ones. They will all add up in the long run! This is a lifelong effort after all!
5. Start your engine! Warm-up to an exercise. Even Olympic sprinters will take about an hour to warm-up properly before they perform their 10 second sprint. We should to the same.
I hope this week you are yet another step closer to your goals. Please comment if you have any questions, suggestions, or issues with this list. I’d be glad to provide you with more info!
I’m getting going on 2015 right now, are you?