Wednesday, April 22, 2009
It has been said that anything you do for 7 days becomes a habit. With that said...
(1) Commit for a few mins a day, it will develop into more mins down the line (like 10-15 mins a day).
(2) Start slow so you don't dread exercising (like walking slow).
(3) Mark on a calendar every day you work out, no matter how short of a time you work out.
(4) Make a list of exercise goals and how you will reward yourself with each achieved goal (like me buying new running shoes when I was able to cut significant time off of my half marathon).
(5) Make a list of (health) benefits you will receive by working out. Place the list where you will see it (on the fridge perhaps), so you are more likely to go work out.
(6) Make a list of reasons why you want to be healthy (like staying alive to enjoy your kids growing up). Place it somewhere visible.
(7) Tell someone that you know will support you what your goals are... make sure its someone that will hold you accountable. (I am more than willing to be that person for you if you have no one or prefer not to tell those close to you right now.)
(8) Check my page-- I have lost a total of 85lbs and have increased my fitness level so much its almost unbelievable.
(9) If you do #8, imagine yourself having your own successes and becoming motivation for someone else to workout and increase their health (could be someone online or someone you see everyday whom you might not be aware is paying attn to you).
(10) Remember, every bit of exercise you do benefits YOU. You are worth it, so take the time to prove to yourself that you are worth it. Like I said earlier, even if its only walking slow for 10 mins a day. Trust me, you will start walking faster and for longer time periods.
(11) Keep track of how long it takes you to do something, what level you do it on, and/or how fast you do it. Maintain it for 1-3 weeks and then try to beat it. Like the half marathon I mentioned earlier. I've only done it twice, but the first time I did it, it took me about 150 mins. A week later I did it again & shaved about 7 mins off of my time. :-) (If you walk for 10 mins today, aim for 12-15 mins the next week.)
ABOVE ALL, REMEMBER YOU CAN DO ANYTHING YOU SET YOUR MIND TO DO. YOU WANT IT, YOU CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN.