I have a confession to make. I love eating and am kind of lazy. I don’t like exercise … much.
Thanks to my parents, I’ve never had overweight problems. But I did feel sluggish and guilty after a long period of being inactive.
Then I decided to change the situation and make moderate exercise part of my daily routine.
Because I’m the least disciplined person I know, it wasn’t an easy journey but I applied 3 steps to make it happen:
Daily dose of motivation.
Has it ever happened to you? You joined a gym with the good intention to go at least 4 or 5 times a week for the whole year. You did so for about 2 weeks. Then it becomes once a week. 2 monthly later, you stopped going altogether. I was one of those people.
Sustaining long lasting change often feels impossible because our will power is limited, when will power fails, we fall back to our old habits.
So I started to motivate myself everyday. I remind myself the pleasure of how to I felt after exercising; the pain of not exercising enough. And I’m strong enough to control my actions.
Make it easier by taking small steps everyday.
People say the minimum level of exercise is 30 minutes a day for at least 3 times a week. It doesn’t work for me.
3 days a week gave me too much flexibility…
Monday, too much work. Tuesday rained. Wednesday going out dinner with friends. Thursday shopping night. Friday, oh well the whole week has gone, let’s just start fresh from next week.
The solution for me is to do it every day right after I get up. Nothing over the top, just some pushups and yoga for 30 minutes.
At first, I got distracted by email messages and forgot about stretching completely. So I switched my mobile phone to flight mode every night and slept in my yoga top for a few days. I don’t need to do that any more but I never forget to stretch in the morning. Morning exercise has become one of my habits.
The more you do it, the better you’ll be come. The better you become the more you enjoy doing it. Repeating an action for a long period of time, it becomes one of your habit.
So there you have it. My 3 steps of creating long lasting habits.
When you really want something, go for it . Make it happen.
Because you can.