“Exercise more” or “lose weight” are both popular New Year’s Resolutions. Unfortunately, sometimes our busy lives, lack of willpower, insecurities, or confusion as to where to start keep us from accomplishing exercise goals. It doesn’t need to be this difficult. You need to do as Nike says and “just do it.”
Here are 7 steps to get you started:
Step 1: Make Exercise a Priority in Your Life
Only YOU can force yourself to work out, run, play kickball–whatever you do. You need to make the conscious decision to make time in your schedule to get some activity in. Look through your calendar. Make two categories—label one MUST-DO ACTIVITIES and the other WILD CARD ACTIVITIES.
“Must-do activities” are things you have to complete that day in order to survive/avoid jail—such as, take a shower, cook dinner, pick up the kids, do laundry, or complete your taxes.
“Wild Card Activities” are things that you would like to do after the “must-dos” are done and aren’t necessarily time-dependent. Examples are: spray-paint the ugly, rusty mailbox, finish the last chapter in that funny book, watch that movie you borrowed from your neighbor, etc. Sort your activities into these two categories. For most people, “exercise” ends up in the WILD CARD ACTIVITY section. This is a no no. The key is to train your mind to view “exercise” as a “Must-do” activity–and follow through. As soon as you convince your brain that exercise is a priority, your body will follow.
Step 2: Hold Yourself Accountable
Tell your spouse, friends, kids that you are planning on making a lifestyle change. They are sure to be encouraging and might even join you! If others know about your new commitment, they will be sure to ask you about it…and you won’t be able to hide on the couch, eating chips.
- Join a work-out class or running group—having other people around you, sweating and feeling miserable (with you), will motivate you to keep going.
-Bring the family dog on that jog or roller-blade ride—he will have limitless energy and will keep you smiling through it all.
-If you really need someone to keep you in line, hire a trainer or get your fitness-guru friend to help out.