7 Steps To A Regular Exercise Routine

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Research tells us that those who take regular exercise are healthier, have more energy, sleep better, think more clearly, have reduced levels of anxiety, perform better at work, and have delayed onset of conditions such as dementia.

In fact, most of us will admit to feeling a lot better after exercise, but it can still be extremely difficult to adopt it into our everyday lives.

Seven Step Exercise Check-List

So, here are my seven steps to making exercise part of YOU…

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1. Always exercise on Monday

I find this sets the tone for the week ahead, and really helps you to get into the correct mind frame.

2. Exercise first thing in the morning

For most of us as the day wears on, we are less and less likely to stop and make time for exercise. So, it’s best to check it off your to-do list first thing — and, that’s a great feel-good way to start your day, too.

3. Don’t skip your workout two days in a row

It’s good to have a day off from exercise at least once in the week. But, once you find yourself skipping two days in a row, it can become really difficult to get back into your routine.

Try to keep up with your exercise program, no matter how inconvenient it may be. And, if you’re really stuck for time, at least do some squats.

4. Make a start

I’ve said this before, but often it’s getting started exercise that’s the difficult part.

However, when you’ve made the effort to begin, the next thing you know you’re half way through your routine and you don’t want to quit anymore. So, try to make yourself start at least, and then take it from there.

5. Ask yourself what’s hindering you?

Perhaps you don’t like working out at the gym, or it’s too cold to exercise outside where you live.

Perhaps you just need to get some new workout gear, an iPod or pedometer to help inspire you.

Once you work out what has been hindering you, you can find ways around it, and make your workout more enjoyable.

6. Stop trying to reach perfection

When your mind is saying there’s no point exercising unless I can run for 45 minutes, or do a full body workout, you are putting unnecessary barriers up for yourself, and you will find that you don’t exercise EVER, as a result.

Remember, even going for a 15 minute walk is worthwhile. Just do what you can each day.

7. Don’t fool yourself

Just because you pay membership at a gym doesn’t mean you go to the gym.

Just because you were a running champ at high school doesn’t make you fit and in shape right now.

Saying you don’t have time to exercise doesn’t make it true. Be honest with yourself and you will start going places.

What are your top tips for making exercise part of your life?

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Comments 11

  1. Richard

    I think your #4 should be #1 because the power of momentum is so important and you are right about just starting being the key to success. I believe it was Woody Allen who said “Showing up is 80% of success”

    That is why I canceled the gym membership and created a home gym in the basement…no excuse not to exercise!

    Thanks for the solid list!
    Richard

  2. Ted

    #3 – Don’t skip your workout two days in a row. So true! An exercise routine needs to be consistent. A couple days off can easily turn into five days straight of not exercising. Or even worse, stopping exercise completely. I should know, because it happened to my jogging routine last winter. My jogging schedule became sporadic until it came to a complete halt. Although my other workout routine remained intact, the cardiovascular portion of exercise was reduced dramatically due to the lack of jogging. I need to stay consistent with my jogging next winter, even when the cold wind tells me to stay inside!

  3. lamptey benjamin

    I believe excercising everyday is the key to good health,not just for some days as that is the mentality most people have.

  4. cathy in NZ

    I have had to forego my morning dedicated walk due to seasonal and disability reasons.

    I had thought it would be to my detriment but it hasn’t because I have put in place some other ‘just as useful’ strings…

    I don’t own a car and rely on shanks pony and public transport (PT). The PT isn’t just outside the door so a walk takes place. I now make that a mini dedicated walk – so I stride out strongly.

    At the same time, I have had a change of life/pace which means I’m at home more. Over the last 5yrs certain eating/fuel (me) habits have taken a backward flop and so I have put in place a programme to

    create a better and more interesting diet and in the process – I have begun to lose more weight and some of my bodily functions (delicate subject) are in a better shape…

    So even though things are different than say 3 months ago (autumn/summer) they seem to be better 🙂

    Maybe that equates to ‘change’ which is always a good thing to do from time to time…gees up the system etc

  5. Nicola @ Eat Well NZ

    My favourite tip is “Just do it”. The next time you don’t feel like exercising, think “Is that really a reason not to or an excuse?” 99% of the time it’s an excuse, and as soon as you start exercising it’s enjoyable and not a chore at all

  6. Tony Rovere

    The big problem for people is finding the time to exercise, or at least this is the perceived problem.

    To me, the best way to find the plan is to plan your day. I know it may sound mundane, but if you write down everything you have to do the night before between work, food shopping and dropping the kids here, there and everywhere, you will find yourself 30 minutes somewhere in there to work out.

    Even if it is 3-10 minute workouts, that can good enough to keep you on track.

  7. Athlete nutrition program

    This is a wonderful post, I always think that I am gonna start exercising from tomorrow, but as very well said, tomorrow never comes. I just can’t do it. I know I have many reasons to start exercising, but along with that got hundred excuses of not doing so. But this post has really inspired me. I am definitely gonna follow this.

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