8 things you must do to make exercise a habit

I’ve just realized that we’ve never talked about how to make exercise a habit. That should’ve been one of the very first posts under exercise as a key component of enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle.

I know I wrote every exercise beginner needs these 10 must-know tips. It’s definitely a worthwhile read but I want to be as straight to the point as I can to address the issue of making exercise a habit. So keep reading.

 

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Like I just said, remember that a simple healthy lifestyle requires exercise.

You  might still be struggling to make exercise a habit. Don’t worry, you are not alone. A lot of people all over the world are facing the same challenge.

Until only four years ago, I struggled to make exercise a habit. I’d take off on two full weeks of rigorous, faithful exercise, and then drop off for the following month or even months.

But then, four years ago when I made the decision to start enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle, I knew I’d have to make exercise a habit.

I experimented with different things for a while before I finally found my rhythm. I’m going to share with you how you can finally manage to make exercise a habit.

 

  • #1: Make a decision once and for all that you are going to make exercise a habit

Really, this is the first step, and without a decision you can never move forward.

You might have started exercising and fallen off the wagon many times before. Assess your decision. Did you make it consciously and intentionally? Because chances are, you didn’t it. You were loose about it, taking that decision frivolously.

It’s time to change that. Make a conscious and intentional decision to make exercise a habit. Only then can you successfully embark on exercise.

 

  • #2: Don’t buy that gym membership just yet

Because then you might find yourself paying for a gym you don’t use. A lot of people seem to think buying a gym membership will force them to exercise. Turns out, it doesn’t and it won’t.

So, if you don’t buy that gym membership, how are you going to make exercise a habit? See #3.

 

  • #3: Use your own surroundings to exercise

Your stairs, your backyard, the road, the park. There’s a lot at your disposal for you to make exercise a habit.

I’ve realized that it’s when you make exercise a natural part of your life that it sticks. It’s much more natural to run at your park than it is to run on the treadmill.

We’d like to believe we are evolving with technology. But the truth is, we’ll always gravitate toward what is natural to us, and technology isn’t. But nature is and it’s time for you to use it to make exercise a habit.

 

  • #4: Don’t rely on exercise partners

There’s nothing wrong with finding partners if you want to make exercise a habit.

But the problem arises when the other person lags behind because then you might be tempted to fall behind as well.

What happens when your partner can’t make it to your jog around the park? Or is sick and has to rest for a week, or a month, or longer?

The danger is that you might tie your progress to another person’s and you definitely shouldn’t do that.

Refuse to take on exercise partners when you first begin to make exercise a habit. Go at it alone. Nothing wrong with letting a friend join you once in a while.

But know that you should exercise independently. That means you should also steer clear of personal trainers. Here’s why you don’t need a personal trainer.

 

  • #5: Incorporate rest days

One of the biggest mistakes you can make when you are trying to make  exercise a habit is to never take rest days.

Rest days are critical to a healthy and consistent exercise regime. I recommend that you read 5 reasons why rest days are good for you. Also read how to know when to take a break from exercise.

Rest days allow your body to recuperate and become ready to resume exercise, and you absolutely need that.

Rest days also help you to keep your workouts new and fresh. Never taking rest days can lead to boredom.

You’ll want to read 7 simple tips to cure boredom during exercise.

 

  • #6: Do what you love

You might not know what that is when you first begin exercising. But I promise you will.

Try different things so you can find out what feels good to you. And then stick with that.

You can’t make exercise a habit if you force yourself to do things that don’t feel good to your body.

If you are worried that sooner or later you’ll get bored, don’t worry. That’s not going to happen because as time goes on, you’ll naturally want to challenge yourself more.

This is the first exercise mistake you are making is a post that will definitely interest you.

 

  • #7: Stop looking for the physical evidence of your efforts

Because you might get discouraged when you don’t see it. But know this: You might not see any physical changes in your body after taking on exercise, but improvements in your health have already taken root inside of you.

And how you feel is much more important than how you look. In time though, you’ll begin to see the physical evidence of your efforts. Just be patient.

 

  • #8: Make a commitment to honor all the other components of enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle.

A healthy diet, healthy relationships, personal development and spirituality. You will much more likely succeed to make exercise a habit if you don’t neglect any of these other components.

Remember that it’s fruitless to exercise faithfully while you eat poorly, maintain unhealthy relationships, neglect your personal development and spirituality.

Remind yourself why:

a simple healthy lifestyle requires a good diet.

a simple healthy lifestyle requires healthy relationships.

a simple healthy lifestyle requires spirituality.

 

The final word

You can make exercise a habit just like you’ve made many other habits over the course of your life. But don’t expect things to happen naturally; be prepared to work hard to make your exercise habit stick.

Now is the time to stop making excuses and instead make things happen. You were meant to move your body, so claim that and enjoy a simple healthy lifestyle.

 

Thank you for reading this post. What are your thoughts on it? Do you agree with my tips on how to make exercise a habit? Why or why not? Please share with us by commenting.

Cultivate success everyday with these 7 effective tips

If you want to cultivate success in your everyday life, then you are in the right place.

Stick with me because I’m about to give you tips on how you can do that. Your life is about to become better and simpler than you ever imagined.

 

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Before I embarked on my journey of enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle, I felt more like a failure than a success.

That made sense because there was a lot I wanted to have achieved but hadn’t. My goals were still not yet achieved and my dreams not yet lived.

I was just a failure trying everyday to salvage what was left of my energy to try to make something of myself.

I’m sure a lot of people can relate to this. The world has created a definition of success that only a few of us can meet. The rest of us feel like failures everyday.

What does success mean to you? Because your definition of success will determine if you can cultivate success everyday in your life or not.

OK, here are the tips to cultivate success in your everyday life.

 

  • Tip #1: Re examine your values, or identify them for the first time

Values are vital if you want to cultivate success in your everyday life. Your values basically define what’s most important to you.

Many of us would like to think we have values. But if we get asked about them,  in a job interview for instance; we go blank.

Now is the time to be clear about what your values are. And you can’t know what your values are if you don’t know yourself.

So, get to know yourself, being honest with yourself about what’s most important to you. Not to someone else but to you. Not to your parents, or spouse, or boss, or best friend but to you.

6 useful tips to know yourself better is a must read.

 

  • Tip # 2: So then, redefine success

Success means different things to different people. What I define as success might not be success to you, and vice versa.

So what does success mean to you? Forget about the definitions you’ve heard from other people, and I’m sure you’ve heard more than an earful.

What does success mean to you? What does it mean to you to feel successful? To me it means to live my values everyday.

You should have clear answers to these questions if you want to cultivate success in your everyday life.

 

  • Tip #3: Read the word of God

Simply because it’s the perfect manual for your life, especially as you try to cultivate success.

God says in many places that you are precious, and your value to him has nothing to do with the net worth that the world has attached to your name.

Go on, read the word of God and realize that you are the most important of God’s creation.

Hebrews 2 v 8: …God has put everything under our power and has not left anything out of our power… (CEV)

1 John 5 v 4: Every child of God can defeat the world, and our faith is what gives us this victory. (CEV)

2 Corinthians 2 v 14: …In the Messiah, in Christ, God leads us from place to place in one perpetual victory parade… (MSG)

There are many more verses that define you as successful. Open the word of God and meditate on it.

If you have trouble understanding your bible, I recommend 6 easy tips to help you understand your bible.

Ask God to reveal the true meaning of success to you as you pray to him. Read these 10 easy tips to improve your prayer life.

 

  • Tip #4: Remove money as an issue

This tip must actually come first if you want to cultivate success in your everyday life.

People have given money power it doesn’t deserve. If you define success in terms of money, as in, you feel most successful when you have a lot of money then you are going to have a problem because what happens when you are not making as much money as you think is necessary to make you a successful person?

True success has nothing to do with money. In fact, completely remove money from the equation because it has no place in the definition of success.

In the past few months I’ve been learning to remove money as an issue and to live on less and less money everyday. Soon, I’ll dedicate an entire post to that.

But in the meantime, forget about your bank balances and how much you are making at your job. Cultivate success by removing money as an issue.

 

  • Tip #5: Recognize and appreciate that your best tools for success are free

If you want to cultivate success in your life, then you need not worry about resources because the best resources are given free of charge.

Have you noticed that nature’s best gifts are not bought with money but are freely available to everyone?

The sun shines on both the rich and the poor, as do the moon and the stars. The rain pours down on the soils of both the rich and the poor, and flora and fauna is for everyone’s eyes.

After all that, there’s nothing more magical. If we have all these free of charge, then we all have success at our disposal.

 

  • Tip #6: Live life on your own terms.

This is crucial if you want to cultivate success in your life. In fact, I have an entire post called do you have the guts to live life on your own terms? You have to check it out.

Refuse to compare yourself to others by reading how to stop comparing yourself to others.

Your definition of success doesn’t have to align with anyone else’s definitions, even when you seem to be the only one with your definition.

Don’t be tempted to do what everyone else is doing because you think it’s the right and only way to cultivate success in your everyday life. Stick to your guns about what success means to you.

 

  • Tip #7: Choose to enjoy a simple healthy lifestyle

This tip is the main reason behind this entire blog. We should all aspire to enjoy a simple healthy lifestyle because it’s our right as children of God.

Let’s do away with the complicated human philosophies that have robbed us of our joy and success, and replace those with the simple key components of food and diet, exercise, personal development, healthy relationships and spirituality.

There’s nothing complicated about living these key elements. They are all simple and can be enjoyed by everyone.

I recommend the following posts so you can remind yourself of these key components of enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle:

A simple healthy lifestyle requires a good diet

A simple healthy lifestyle requires exercise

A simple healthy lifestyle requires healthy relationships

A simple healthy lifestyle requires spirituality

 

The final word

For a long time I was deceived into believing I wasn’t successful just because I was lacking in some areas.

We are all human, so you can be lacking in some areas, many areas, and still be successful. Refuse to wait until you are perfect so you can feel successful because you’ll be waiting forever.

Instead redefine and cultivate success everyday by making it achievable.

 

Thank you for reading this post. Please share your thoughts with us about what it means to cultivate success in your everyday life.

5 precautions to take if you exercise while you are sick

Knowing that a simple healthy lifestyle requires exercise, I’ve always had that dilemma of whether or not you should exercise while you are sick, and I know a lot of people are wondering the same thing.

 

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As I write this post, I’m recovering from a cold I’ve had since Saturday. I always rest from exercise on weekends, so I didn’t have to exercise when I first got the cold.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed; but there’s something about standing up to a sickness that just makes it go away, or at least lessens its hold on you. That’s what’s happening with me right now.

Our grandmother moved in with us on Saturday when I was feeling my first symptoms.

On Sunday morning I asked my mother to rush home after church to tend to her so I could sleep in.

But no, I didn’t do that. Because I’m so used to getting out of bed early every morning, I was up and ready for the day before my mother even left for church at 8am.

I thought I’d continue my rest days for the whole of this week until next Monday. But this past Monday, though I still had the cold, I felt a strong desire to exercise.

So I did exactly that, careful not to push my body too hard. As always, I listened to my body, letting it dictate to me what it needed. Read my post on how to listen to your body.

So yes, I didn’t continue my rest days into this week like I’d thought. I’m still exercising every morning though I’m still not back to my normal self.

 

So, what are the precautions to take if you exercise while you are sick?

 

  • Precaution #1: Assess the strength of your sickness

If it’s just a weak cold like the one I had, then I don’t see any reason why you can’t exercise while you are sick.

Remember though that if your sickness is more serious, then you should take a rest day or days depending on the strength and length of your sickness.

I recommend 5 reasons why rest days are good for you.

Also read how to know when to take a break from exercise.

 

  • Precaution #2: Exercise only when your body feels up to it

You can exercise while you are sick if your body feels up to it. It’s all about listening to your body.

I thought my body would feel heavy and tired this past Monday morning; that’s why I anticipated I’d be continuing my rest days throughout this week.

But my body felt ready to go on Monday morning, so there was no need for me to say no.

Be honest with yourself about how your body feels. If you feel fit enough to exercise, then go ahead.

 

  • Precaution #3: Make sure you ease up on your workouts

You should ease up on your workouts if you want to exercise while you are sick. Though my body felt fine on Monday morning, I was aware that I was still sick and that I needed to not put more stress on my body.

You should be careful not to push your body too hard even when you feel like you can handle a strenuous workout.

Remember that your body needs to recover from the sickness. Only then can you push it harder.

If you ease up on your workouts, then you can exercise while you are sick.

 

  • Precaution #4: Exercise in environments where germs are less likely to spread

If you want to exercise while you are sick, then you’ll have to mind your environment for that period.

If you typically exercise inside a gym where you touch all the equipment and share the air inside, then it’s time to step outside to the park where you can jog while breathing in the fresh air.

That’s why I love exercising outdoors and without the use of any equipment. I keep my hands free and enjoy the fresh air.

If you want the air you breathe to be even fresher, then do your workouts in the morning. You’ll want to read here are 5 reasons why morning exercise is better for you.

 

  • Precaution #5: Make sure you have the right intentions for exercising

Remember that your health comes first before everything else. Don’t exercise while you are sick if health takes a backseat to beauty. If you are desperate for that bikini body, that’s a horrible reason to exercise while you are sick.

If exercise is a competition for you and not a genuine key component of enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle, then you are not in a position to exercise while you are sick.

Rather, get some rest especially if your body is screaming at you to do that.

 

The final word

If you love exercise, then there’s absolutely no reason not to exercise while you are sick as long as you are mindful of the precautions mentioned in this post.

Remember that enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle is a journey, not a destination. Don’t deny the strength of your sickness, or be in denial about your body being tired.

Take as many rest days  as you need if you feel really sick. Not even a month off your workouts is going to drag you back as long as you honor all the other key components of enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle like diet, healthy relationships, personal development and spirituality.

 

Thank you for reading this post. Do you exercise while you are sick? Then tell us why and how. Or maybe you don’t exercise while you are sick. Share with us why by commenting.

 

 

Every exercise beginner needs these 10 must-know tips

Everyone has to start somewhere, so if you are an exercise beginner lost as to how you should begin your workouts, then you are in the right place.

 

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Let me remind you that a simple healthy lifestyle requires exercise. Yet four years ago as an exercise beginner, when I first embarked on my journey of enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle, I had no idea where to start.

To jog or to walk? Were those even enough? Squats? I didn’t even like them and didn’t understand how they worked.

I knew very little about exercising. Though I was determined to exercise, the unknown about exercising was a little off-putting.

But I did it. Four years later, I’m still going strong in my workouts.

 

So, read these 10 tips every exercise beginner must know. I guarantee they’ll work for you.

 

  • Tip #1: Determine why you want to exercise

This tip is very important if you are an exercise beginner. It might seem like an obvious tip. You might be thinking, ‘duh, everyone wants to exercise for better health.’

But don’t take things lightly. Even if that’s a simple question to answer, you have to consciously and intentionally think about it.

You’ll realize that the ‘why’ will surpass the ‘how.’ Though you are lost as to how to start, the ‘why’ of doing it will be strong enough to compel you to start.

 

  • Tip #2: Clearly define your fitness goals

So you are an exercise beginner and you’ve just determined why you want to exercise. Already that’s tremendous progress.

Now, clearly define your goals. Where do you see yourself in fitness in 2 years, 5 years, 10 years and more?

By clearly defining your fitness goals as an exercise beginner, you are propelled even further on your exercise.

 

  • Tip #3: Find exercises that you love

No one told me this as an exercise beginner. I watched YouTube and blindly copied celebrities’ exercise styles.

It took me a long time to learn that I’d never stick to exercise if I kept doing the exercises I hated.

So I soon discovered exercises that worked for me, and I haven’t looked back since.

 

  • Tip #4: Find a time that works for you

If it’s morning, that’s great. Read my post on here are 5 reasons why morning exercise is better for you.

But don’t think for a second that you are doomed if you feel morning exercise is not for you.

Find a time that works for you. If it’s afternoon, go for it; the same thing with evening.

 

  • Tip #5: Take rest days

As an exercise beginner, you want to appropriate rest days into your routine. Just because you are a beginner doesn’t mean you have to kill yourself for two months, exercising everyday.

No, that will just exhaust you so much you might just quit exercising altogether.

Learn to listen to your body so you know when to take rest days. I recommend my post on how to listen to your body.

I also recommend how to know when to take a break from exercise.

Also check out 5 reasons why rest days are good for you.

 

Rest days will give your body the chance to repair and restore itself so you can return to your workouts with vigor.

Exercising for too long can be off-putting, especially for an exercise beginner. It can also lead to boredom. Taking rest days just might be the cure for that boredom.

Read my post on 7 simple tips to cure boredom during exercise.

 

  • Tip #6: Learn from others

It’s OK to learn from others if you are an exercise beginner.

Just remember that at the end of the day, you have to tailor  other people’s advice to better suit you instead of copying the advice just as it is when it clearly doesn’t work for you.

As you do your walk in the park, or around the neighborhood, you’ll definitely meet people who are trying to achieve similar goals. Don’t be scared to spark up a conversation about exercise, or to ask for their advice.

You can’t bring yourself to start a conversation? Then read my post on 12 easy tips to become a good conversationalist.

 

  • Tip #7: Stay away from the mirror

During my time as an exercise beginner, I’d step in front of the mirror everyday to judge my progress, even a mere few days after starting my workouts.

If my thighs burned, then I figured they looked toned. And I was always disappointed to realize that wasn’t the case every time I stepped in front of the mirror.

Stay away from the mirror. The mirror is not the perfect gauge for your progress.

You might not see the benefits of exercise manifested on the outside, but they are already taking place on the inside, even for an exercise beginner. Take pride in that.

 

  • Tip #8: Judge your progress over the long term rather than the short term

This follows perfectly from Tip #7. Exercise as a key component of enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle should be a lifelong journey. You should be firm about that as an exercise beginner.

So instead of judging your progress every month, do it every year. You are in it for the long run, remember? Be patient with yourself.

 

  • Tip #9: Don’t compare yourself to anyone

This is a tip that almost every exercise beginner misses. They want to compare themselves to those people who’ve been exercising for years.

Doing that will just demoralize you. You have to work hard and be patient so you can reach your fitness goals the same way those people did to achieve their own fitness goals.

You’ll want to read my post on how to stop comparing yourself to others.

 

  • Tip #10: Be grateful

Yes. There are many out there who can’t even start exercising. But you’ve made a decision to start. That’s highly commendable.

There’s always plenty to be grateful for even as an exercise beginner. Be grateful that you are alive and that you are taking correct steps to better your life.

Also be grateful for your progress. Gratitude will work wonders in propelling you toward success in your journey of enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle.

 

The final word

I commend you as an exercise beginner for making the decision to make exercise a part of your life. You have to remember to work diligently and patiently to make exercise a habit, just like with everything else in life.

Just take things step by step. Don’t rush into doing anything you are not ready for. Do what works for you and take pride in it. Again, congratulations. You are well on your way to enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle.

 

Thank you for reading this post. Are you an exercise beginner? What are your own tips? Please share with us by commenting.

Or maybe you’ve been exercising for a while now. Please do share your tips of how you managed as an exercise beginner.

5 reasons why rest days are good for you

Many of us are scared of taking rest days off our workouts. We think they’ll drive us back on all the progress we’ve been making. The opposite is actually true. Rest days will ensure we maintain all the progress we’ve been making and position us to keep making more progress. Read on to find out why.

 

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We all know that exercise is essential if you want to enjoy a simple healthy lifestyle. Read my post on a simple healthy lifestyle requires exercise.

But we have to remember to give our bodies the rest they need. Don’t push your body too hard.

I used to be one of those people scared to take rest days off workouts. I felt like I was lagging behind whenever I took two days off. If I took a week off, I was beside myself with panic.

But I’ve come to embrace and appreciate rest days now since I started listening to my body. Read this post on how to listen to your body.

Remember that you can’t go wrong when it comes to listening to your body.

Now, here’s why rest days are absolutely good and recommended for you.

 

  • Reason #1: Rest days give your body a chance to recover

I just talked about this. Rest days allow your muscles to repair themselves and for your entire body to recuperate.

If you are really committed to listening to your body, it will clearly tell you when it’s tired. Respond accordingly by giving it as much rest as it needs.

 

  • Reason #2: Rest days allow you to return to your workouts with vigor

If you find yourself getting bored by your workouts, then it might be time for you to take some time off. Most of the time there’s nothing wrong with your workouts, but your body just needs something different.

Without even changing your workouts, taking some time off your routine can provide a solution for that boredom. Just a few days off, or as much time as you need, can bring you back to your workouts feeling fresh to carry on with the same routine.

Read my post on 7 simple tips to cure boredom during exercise.

 

  • Reason #3: Rest days make you want to try new workouts

For me, fresh workout ideas always come to me when I’m having my rest days. Before then I’m just so caught up in my workouts that I hardly have time to think about what I might want to do different.

But when I take a few days off, I always get the desire to try new exercises. You might end up sticking with those exercises, or changing back to your old ones. The point is, rest days give you the time and brain space to think of new ideas.

 

  • Reason #4: Rest days on their own give you an opportunity to exercise naturally

This is similar to the reason above. But this particular reason talks about moving your own body the natural way without consciously taking that as exercise.

Remember that rest days do not mean inactive days. You should still move on your rest days.

But now that you are abstaining from your regular workouts, now is the chance to move your body the way nature intended.

Take a casual walk, walk the kids to school, tend to your garden, do yard work. Get your body moving.

 

  • Reason #5: Rest days allow you to get in touch with your other faculties besides the physical

Now that you are taking time off your regular workouts, you can start reading that book. Or visit that aunt on the other side of town. Or give more attention to your spirituality.

And we all know all the above are key components of enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle.

Working out can sometimes make you feel isolated from the rest of the world especially if you go for hours in the gym.

But taking a break allows you to get back in touch with the normal everyday life and for you to reconnect with the other important things in your life.

 

Note: You should remember to make exercise a healthy habit and make it coexist with the other important elements of a simple healthy lifestyle.

If you find exercise interfering too much into these other elements, then it’s time to sit down, re-evaluate your priorities and make sure to cater for every important element of a simple healthy lifestyle.

 

The final word

Rest days are not evil as some people seem to think. Rest days are an indispensable part of a successful workout routine.

If you insist on exercising continuously without giving your body a break, you’ll eventually tear it down, making it incapable of operating at its best.

Remember to listen to your body and respond to it accordingly. Embrace and appreciate rest days.

 

Thank you for reading this post. I hope you liked it. Do you take rest days off your workout routine? Or are you afraid to do so? Please share with us by commenting.

 

You might also want to read:

What should I do on my off days by nerdfitness.com

7 simple tips to cure boredom during exercise

Do you have a problem of boredom during exercise? I know I sometimes do. I used to struggle with that a lot more in the past than I do today. Today when I get bored, I know what to do. This post is going to help you cure boredom during exercise.

 

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In our journey of enjoying a simple healthy exercise, we know we have to exercise. But sometimes the motivation to actually start exercising is there. But then we struggle with following through with our session out of boredom.

You are doing your routine, and you suddenly find yourself bored and tempted to stop. We know we cannot yield to that boredom. So then, how do we proceed to cure boredom if confronted by it?

 

What could be causing boredom during exercise in the first place?

That’s the question you have to ask first and foremost. If you’ve been doing your routine for months now, and suddenly boredom replaces your usual enthusiasm, then you need to identify where this boredom is coming from so you can now deal with it.

 

  • Tip #1: Maybe it’s time to change your routine

Maybe you’ve been doing what you are doing for way too long and your body is screaming at you to give it a change. There’s nothing wrong with sticking to a routine if it works for you. But when you suddenly experience boredom, it might be time to change things.

Don’t worry. The change might be for a little while until your body can get excited again about the old routine. Cure boredom during exercise with this simple tip.

 

  • Tip #2: Maybe you just need to rest altogether

I know this one happens with me quite a lot. At first, I didn’t know what was happening. But I’ve since come to learn that when I’m bored, sometimes all I need to cure boredom is to rest from my workouts altogether.

I exercise on weekdays. So taking a rest from my workouts will last all of the 5 weekdays plus the weekend. And during this time I get a lot of rest, including enough sleep. I usually go back to my workouts the following Monday. And usually I’m excited to get back again even if it’s to my old routine.

So, next time you get bored, think about taking a rest from your workouts altogether as a way to cure boredom.

 

  • Tip #3: It might be time to get an exercise partner

Maybe you’ve been doing your workouts and they’ve been working for you. But suddenly you feel bored. Then maybe you need some company, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

Everyone is taking on exercise now in an effort to adopt a healthy lifestyle. So, you won’t be in short supply of people to exercise with. Maybe one of your family members, or a friend, or a colleague.

Exercising with a partner enables you to not only avoid boredom but to actually be excited about making new goals and meeting them, so definitely consider taking on a partner to cure boredom.

 

  • Tip #4: Change your environment

Sometimes your routine is not the problem; your environment could be your problem. And this is usually the case when you exercise indoors, perhaps at a gym. That same environment everyday, with perhaps the same equipment, and the same faces around you, could be triggering your boredom.

Don’t take this the wrong way. Having regulars at the gym makes you feel like part of the family. But maybe your body is screaming at you to get out into a different environment.

Next time you feel that boredom approaching, leave the gym and jog outside, or take a walk. Go to familiar places, and unfamiliar ones as long as you are safe. Exercising outside beats exercising inside any day, and it’s such a simple and fun way to cure boredom.

 

  • Tip #5: Go easy on your body

Maybe your workouts are too intense for your body. People who want to achieve results in a short period of time usually put themselves through ridiculously rigorous workout regimes.

Your body will definitely tell you if you push it too hard. So your boredom could stem from the fact that your body can’t handle your workouts, therefore go easy on your body.

Even if you love jogging and you feel like you do it effortlessly, go walking instead of jogging maybe two times out of the five of your workout days. Walking is easier on the body. Your body will appreciate the relief and you’ll cure boredom at the same time.

 

  • Tip #6: Don’t put off exercising until too late in the day

You are likely to be bored with your workout if you are too tired. If you work during the day and you wait until you get out of the office to exercise, then you might end up not exercising at all.

It’s usually hard to muster the motivation to exercise after a long day. Instead of pushing your workouts to the end of the day, try starting your days with them. Wake up 30 minutes earlier and exercise before you shower and go to work. You’ll feel better throughout your day, have more energy and will likely not have to deal with that kind of boredom again.

 

  • Tip #7: Exercise by doing what you love

This is perhaps the most important tip and all of the above tips are dependent on it. Do something you genuinely love. Don’t feel compelled to exercise a certain way because you know it works for so and so. Do what makes you happy and that will work for you.

If you love jogging, then jog. If it’s walking for you, then walk. Or maybe you like a sport like tennis, then great, go ahead and play tennis. You are much more likely to stick to something you like than something you don’t like. Please remember that.

 

The final word

Exercise is something everyone of us must do, and it was meant to be effortless and natural. If it’s anything but, then it’s time to look into what you are doing, identify problem areas and start fixing them.

That will put you in a place where you can cure boredom and exercise regularly for the long term, enabling you to actually enjoy your simple healthy lifestyle.

 

Thank you for reading this post. Please adopt the above tips and watch your workouts transform into a constant practice. Remember to share your thoughts with us by leaving a comment below.

 

Check out this lifehacker.com post to make your workouts less boring.

This bodybuilding.com post is also worth reading.

 

 

 

 

How to know when to take a break from exercise

Do you ever wonder how to know when to take a break from exercise? I’m here to help you figure that out.

In our journey of enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle, we’ve already established the significance of exercise.  I talk about that here. But like everything else, when done too much, exercise can become a curse instead of a blessing.

You have to know when to stop so that you body can take the rest it needs to repair itself before you begin exercising again.

 

A picture to take a break from exercise

 

I’m sure you’ve felt like the picture above at some point. I know I have. In fact, for the past two days I’ve been down with flu. When it started, before it manifested itself but I saw signs, I thought of continuing with my exercising.

But then I thought about what I’m writing about right now: the importance of giving your body the rest it needs. So I decided to skip my workouts for the rest of this week and resume next week Monday.

 

So how do you know when it’s time to stop and take a break?

I’ve been exercising for a few years now, long enough to identify the signs telling me that it might be time to put my routine aside and take a break. Let me share with you those signs:

  • When you are trying to work out, but you feel tired even though you got enough sleep last night.
  • When all of a sudden, the very workouts you’ve been enjoying feel like a drag.
  • When you are preparing to exercise and you feel yourself dreading it.
  • When you are exercising and all you can think about is your rest days ahead.

 

These are not the only signs, but I’ve felt these more than the other signs. When I do, I know it’s time to shelve my workouts and take a rest. And I always benefit from doing that because I always come back to my workouts with renewed enthusiasm.

 

A picture to take a break from exercise

 

There are many people who don’t believe in taking rest days. They feel like that one skipped workout is going to derail all the hard work they’ve been doing. They feel like taking some time off is a betrayal to their commitment toward exercising. Rest days are just a concept they do not understand or agree with.

I used to be that kind of person. But that was before I discovered this journey of pursuing a simple healthy lifestyle. I knew the importance of exercising in this journey. The most important thing I understood was that everything I did on my journey was going to be a life long commitment. I was going to be doing it for the rest of my life.

 

With that established, I also knew I was going to have to be smart in everything I did. If I were only exercising for the short term, for example: to get a bikini body for the coming summer, then maybe it would make sense to not take rest days off (it doesn’t make sense, actually). But my journey went beyond this summer to all the others for the rest of my life.

And I wasn’t just exercising to look good, I was exercising to feel good. That meant all seasons of the year, all year round. So then, I had to listen to what my body was telling me. Whenever it told me something, even though it went against everything I’d planned, I knew I had to listen to it. That included listening to it when it told me to take a break from exercising.

You should listen to your body too. You don’t want to be that person who dreads working out simply because you failed to listen when your body told you to stop.

 

A picture to take a break from exercise

 

You have to know that refusing to take a break so your body can rest can actually derail all the hard work you’ve been doing by tearing down your body and making it unfit to carry on more exercise.

 

So what do you do on your rest days?

Rest days don’t mean inactive days. I think people are scared of rest days because they think they have to be inactive. No. Rest days mean you retire from your usual workouts, but you remain active.

You can be active in other things other than your workouts. In fact, you should be active in other things besides your workouts.

  • Continue with your chores and do some of them manually, like washing dishes and doing laundry
  • Walk your kids to school
  • Walk your dog
  • Tend to your garden
  • Walk to the mall

There are many more things you can do. In fact, these things on their own are sufficient to keep your body fit if you do them regularly. Say no to an inactive lifestyle so you don’t have to worry about taking rest days off your workout routine.

Rest days are not a curse, they are a blessing. Treat them as such and enjoy them when they come.

Remember to also get a lot of sleep. Sleep is important whether or not you are on your rest days.

 

A picture to take a break from exercise

 

Like I said, I’ve been down with flu, but I’m feeling like myself again today. But I’ve decided to take the rest of this week off my workouts. I’m continuing to remain active and I’m getting lots and lots of sleep.

 

The final word

A simple healthy lifestyle is not possible without exercise. But you have to approach exercise with a rational mind. You need a break from exercising now and then so your body can get some rest. You are not in a race, take things at your own pace. Listen to your body and know when to stop. Remember, your body will never lie to you.

 

Thank you for reading this post. I had a great time with it after being off the internet for two full days. Please let us know what you think of the post. Do you take rest days off your workouts or are you scared of taking them like many of us are? Let us know in the comments below.

How to be a morning person

Do you want to be a morning person? You want to rise early so you can have more time to do the things you need and want to do? Then you’ve come to the right place.

 

A cup of coffee for being a morning person

 

You know that I’m all about enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle. And getting up early is instrumental in making this journey possible.

 

What is ‘early?’

Early can mean different things between you and me.

  • I could be getting out of bed at 9am every day and now want to rise at 6am.
  • I could be getting out of bed at 6am and now want to rise at 4:30am

Whichever the case, you want to get out of bed earlier than you do now.

 

But you cannot successfully be a morning person unless you have a REASON

Without a reason there can’t be enough motivation for you to get up early. Remember,getting up earlier than you do today is painful, that’s why you haven’t been doing it. Or maybe you are trying to do it but it’s very hard for you to maintain.

Finding a reason to rise early means finding a PURPOSE that will eliminate that pain and replace it with pleasure. So that instead of rising early being painful for you, now it’s pleasurable enough for you to want to keep doing it.

I’m a morning person. I didn’t use to be. But now I can confidently say I’m a morning person. It took a lot of discipline and practice to get out of bed early in the morning. But most importantly, it took a purpose.

 

A message for being a morning person

 

I knew I wasn’t going to succeed at being a morning person if I got out of bed and had nothing to do. In order to be a morning person and keep at it, I had to find something that would make waking up that early enjoyable and eventually effortless. I found what I was looking for and now I’ve developed a routine that just makes my journey of a simple healthy lifestyle all the more enjoyable.

 

  • Reading the bible

I feel at most connected to God very early in the morning. He becomes the first thing I think of in the morning, and the perfect start to my day. The Lord is my reason for existence so nothing fulfills me more than acknowledging him first thing in the morning before the demands of the day take over.

 

  • Exercising

Right after I finish my morning time with God, I go outside for some exercise. 30 minutes of exercise get me going. I breathe in the fresh air and share it only with the trees. I watch the beautiful sky as I do so: the stars, the moon (depending on what time of the month it is), and then the beautiful skies just before sunrise. I listen to all kinds of domestic animals, and at that time of the morning every rooster is calling.

 

  • Doing chores

I do my chores next so that anywhere between 8am and 9am I’m done and now I can sit down to write.

 

  • Writing

I’m a writer who writes everyday, or at least tries to. But I don’t write early in the morning, as you can see in my order of activities. But I do everything else very early so I can free a lot of time to focus on my writing until I start getting dinner ready at 4pm, and then resume working at 6pm until 10pm.

 

This is my routine, and I’m more than happy with it. Your routine might be different, it doesn’t matter. As long as you find that one thing that you feel passionate about doing first thing in the morning, even if it’s just to enjoy a cup of coffee and have some quiet time before everyone gets up.

 

Enjoying coffee and a good book for being a morning person

 

  • Maybe you are writer too and want to put a few words on paper early in the morning
  • Maybe you want to do your chores before the kids get up
  • Maybe you want to get to work early so you can have time to prepare for your day.

Whatever the reason. Just remember that there’s no insignificant reason to get up early. Every reason that gets you excited is a good reason and you need to keep it alive so it can work for you for the long term. Find your purpose.

Getting out of bed in the morning is one of the best things you can do for yourself. It’s an essential element to enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle. You begin with the day and have time to do everything you want to do before you retire to bed at night.

Getting up in the morning fills you with vigor. It makes you feel powerful. It makes you feel like you can do anything, and you can. So practice doing it. Take it step by step, be patient with yourself and you’ll get there.

 

Thank you for reading this post. Please share your own tips on how to be a morning person.

 

This is the first exercise mistake you are making

This morning as I did my exercise routine, I thought back to how I started off years ago.

I copied every exercise routine celebrities did, because, well, they look good.

Well, I guess in theory it was supposed to work because I was moving my body. And if I’d stuck with it long enough, I would’ve seen results.

But I didn’t see results because I didn’t stick with it long enough, surprise, surprise!

You can’t stay committed to an exercise routine you don’t like. I knew this when I started, and yet somehow I ignored it and thought doing what everyone else was doing would work for me.

 

A picture message about exercise

 

In our quest to enjoy a simple healthy lifestyle we’ve already established the importance of exercise.

Read my first post on exercise here.

But exercise can be difficult if you still haven’t found out what works for you. And maybe you are struggling just like I did.

 

What could you be doing wrong?

  • Maybe you want to exercise a certain way because you’ve heard it works for Beyonce. And we have to admit, the woman looks amazing.
  • Or you want to spend two hours first thing in the morning exercising at the gym because most celebrities swear by it.

Well, I have news for you. THAT’S NOT EXERCISE.

That’s just you aimlessly copying what other people are doing and hoping it works for you. But it never does, does it?

 

Exercise was meant to be something you did naturally. If what you do doesn’t feel natural, then it’s wrong.

 

Dumbbell for exercise

 

Please look at the picture above. That’s my dumbbell and something I think is supposed to make my thighs stronger.

Now take another look, a closer look at the photo this time around. Notice the dust on these two pieces of equipment.

I bought these two almost four years ago and have used them a maximum of five times.

 

Why?

Because I just don’t enjoy using them. Using them those five times felt forced and I felt miserable.

You might be wondering why I bought them, then.

Because I bought into the myth that you have to have equipment if you want to exercise and enjoy a simple healthy lifestyle.

We see it all the time on TV and in magazines. People on treadmills, with dumbbells, shredding it.

Nothing wrong with that. If doing that works for them, great. If it works for you, great. But if it doesn’t work for you then it’s time to examine if it’s really something you want to do. And chances are, it’s not.

But that’s great, because by simply realizing it’s not working for you, you’ve made a breakthrough.

Now you can go ahead and change exercise to tailor it to your liking. Then you are well on your way to exercising for the long term so you can enjoy a simple healthy lifestyle.

 

Jogging outside vs treadmill for exercise

 

If you love running outside and not on the treadmill, then that’s perfectly alright.

I reserve 30 minutes for exercising every morning from 05:45 to 06:15. During this time I jog, and I do weight training every other day.

I feel like 30 minutes a day works for me. It’s not too much time and it’s not too little. It’s just enough and I’ve been doing it for years now.

I personally find it enjoyable to run outside. Sometimes I even run to the store.

Instead of lifting dumbbells, I lift buckets of water to water out plants and a lot more things when doing my household chores.

 

So what am I saying?

That you don’t have to suffer through exercise for 2 hours every day if it doesn’t work for you. Stick to a time that works for you.

Do whatever feels right to you. If it’s running, that’s OK. If it’s walking, that’s OK too. After I found out what worked for me, I spent an entire year just walking because I loved it and kept wanting to do it every day.

Embed exercise into your everyday duties. Run after your kids, or your dog. Use a bucket to water your plants instead of a hosepipe. Push wheelbarrows of manure to your garden. Just move.

 

The final word

Enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle through exercise has to be intentional and you have to enjoy your regime enough to look forward to doing it every day. There is no best regime, it’s all about what works for you.

 

Thank you for sitting through this post. I hope you enjoyed it. Please let us know your thoughts about exercise. How do you do it? What works for you?