Do you struggle to be consistent with exercise?
If so, you’re not alone.
Every December, people resolve to start going to the gym in the new year. After three months, only 10% of people stick with this goal.
Why you might ask?
There are many barriers, like waking up early, getting to the gym, and figuring out what to do when you get there. For most people, these barriers are enough to cut their goals short and give up — leaving them with a year-long membership they’re paying for but not using.
How to Be More Consistent with Exercise
Some say it takes 21, 30, or 66 days to make something like exercise a habit.
The truth is, there isn’t a magical number of days to make something a habit. But the more you keep repeating a behavior, the more consistent you’ll become.
Here are a few simple ways to stay more consistent with exercise:
- Do the types of exercise you like. No one wants to do something they aren’t interested in. If walking and lifting light weights are what you prefer, then do that. You can always try something new, like yoga, and if you like it, add it in.
- Set exercise goals for yourself. Writing down clear and measurable goals will make them more attainable.
- Do what works best for you. If you aren’t a morning person, then don’t try to wake up early to exercise. If exercising mid-day or in the evening is what you prefer, then stick with that.
- Find someone to hold you accountable. It’s easy to say you’ll go for a walk and then decide, “No, it’s too windy outside.” But, if you have a friend to walk with on certain days of the week, you’ll hold each other accountable.
- Make it easy on yourself. If it isn’t realistic to go to a gym, then don’t sign up for one. Exercising at home is convenient and saves you time and money.
Staying consistent with exercise can reduce your risk of disease, help you manage a healthy weight, and improve bone strength.
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