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Exercising regularly is surely one of the most commonly made New Year’s resolutions. And surely one of the most commonly broken. Gyms around the world fill up with freshly-minted members in January . . . who is almost all gone by February? If you’ve resolved and failed, and resolved and failed to start working out consistently, you know it can be a really discouraging cycle. Cementing the exercise habit can seem like an impossible task.
But it truly doesn’t have to be, as long you take the right approach. Below we share 10 key tactics that will help you make exercise an unbreakable habit.
#1: Do something you enjoy doing.
Of course, you’re not going to like working out if you’re spending the whole time doing speed 8 on the treadmill running 40 mph. There is plenty to do at the gym.
#2: Put your training schedule on your calendar.
This keeps you organized. Make a plan, get it done.
#3: Experiment to find the workout time that’s best for you.
You may not be a morning person, go to the gym at night. Nobody there anyway. Or if you’re a morning person, go the earliest you can. The early bird gets the worm.
#4: Remove obstacles with a pre-workout checklist.
“Breath, Strech, Shake, Let It Go”
#5: Have clothes specifically dedicated to working out.
Yeah, go ahead and work out in some Tims and see what happens.
#6: Have a plan for your workout.
Have a plan for EVERYTHING.
#7: Just get moving, even when you don’t feel like it.
The hardest part is to start.
#8: Aim for consistency in frequency, rather than consistently A+ workouts.
This is key.
#9: Exercise for something.
Have a purpose for everything you do.
#10: Get accountability.
Responsible, You got this!
Making exercise a habit doesn’t need to be hard. Find something you enjoy, plan for it, prioritize it, and point it towards a purpose. Keep adding one link after another to the chain of your new habit, and soon you’ll find yourself becoming the kind of man who finds it difficult not to exercise.
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