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.


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