Of course you want to be healthy and fit, but fitness can be elusive.
We know that we all need some kind of fitness program, but most of us can’t quite seem to make it happen … until now!
The challenge is that fitness can only be improved minimally from day to day, so it requires many days of commitment to really create a significant improvement. That’s where we falter; we are unable to make a habit out of the behaviors that will ultimately make us fit.
But I’ve got good news in the form of 5 fitness habit hacks!
Try these 5 simple hacks to make fitness a daily part of your life:
1. Make fitness more social. It can be tough to stick with your exercise if you try to do it alone. Find an exercise partner or join a team sport. When you can share the time with others, you have something else to focus on besides how tired, sweaty, and bored you are.
* If you don’t like team sports or you don’t have anyone else to exercise with, there are other options.
Join a social network related to fitness. Fitocracy.com is very popular and a great way to connect with other people in the same boat.
2. Only change one thing at a time. Becoming fit requires adopting several new habits. However, for the greatest success, it’s highly recommended that you only adopt one new habit at a time. New habits involve a lot of focus and energy. Pick one thing to fix; when that has become a habit, pick another to focus on.
3. Make it a priority. Do you put off exercising because there are too many other things going on in your life? The truth is if you’re going to be successful in this area of your life, it has to be a top priority. The less enjoyable something is, the more it will have to be prioritized to get it done successfully.
* If you feel that you don’t have the time to exercise, you’ll have to create the space in your life to make it happen.
4. Find a way to enjoy it. Obviously, keeping up with your fitness routine is going to be a lot easier if you enjoy the activity.
So find something you enjoy. Think about the physical activities you enjoyed as a child or in high school. It might not be practical to play beach volley ball anymore, but many YMCAs have lots of fun sports for adults.
* Another alternative is to take an activity and find ways to make it more enjoyable.
For example, running might be a lot more fun if you train specifically for a road race and then actually run the race.
Or you could also find new places to run. Or find a group of people to join for runs.
5. Take the first step. The most important thing is to just get started. Avoid the temptation to have everything perfectly in place before you take a single step. Just throw on your shoes and go for a walk. Decide to skip the donut and have an apple instead.All fitness requires is a simple decision to make a better choice ... Donna Bainton Click To Tweet
* You don’t need to plan your exercise routine for the next 6 months. You’re not trying to launch the space shuttle here … you’re just trying to move around more!
Getting in shape is the result of taking small actions repeatedly over an extended period of time … just like the Kaizen philosophy I posted about recently.
Fitness doesn’t improve very much in a day, so making a habit of the behaviors that improve fitness has to be a priority.
Focus on making one single change at a time and attempt to make that change as enjoyable as possible.
You can do it!
p.s. Have you heard of the Japanese principle of Kaizen? It’s all about taking small, incremental steps that eventually lead you to the accomplishment of your goals.
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