Do something, ANYTHING, every single day.
A series of small decisions are what’s needed to change a habit. Several times each day we make choices that either support or contradict our goals. The more we support that goal (i.e., create momentum), the more likely we are to achieve it. It may be daunting to lose 20 pounds, but you can easily decide to skip the donuts that were brought into work that day. It may be close to impossible for you to get to the gym 5 days a week, but it’s easy to find 5-10 minutes at home to do a quick exercise video.
Getting momentum going is the most difficult part of the job, and often taking the first step is enough to prompt you to make the best of your day.
– Robert J. McKain
Guilt-Free Fitness Habits
One client of mine, who was just getting started, needed a way to stop using excuses. She discovered that she could do a 5 minute exercise video during the 6 minutes it took her to brew her coffee each morning. She committed to doing what she called “a guilt-free way to start the day.” She knew that no matter what else the day threw at her, she could at least say she completed a workout. She kept herself accountable by tracking her progress and checking off each day on her calendar. Little did she know, but as time progressed, she sometimes found herself doing two workouts, increasing her exercise time to include a 10-minute video, and occasionally exercising to another video in the afternoon. She even started making it to the gym for an hour-long class. It was her commitment to the small, manageable steps that she did, day after day, without fail, that built-up the momentum she needed to succeed in creating her new habit.
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Create Momentum in Your Life
What is your ideal time to workout, to establish your fitness habit?
Are you an early riser? Lunch-time lifter? Nap-time booty burner? Or a night owl who sneaks in a ten minute workout after the household has gone to bed.
Share your thoughts in the comments below!