The other day, I was chatting to a client of mine who found it particularly hard to commit to maintaining some sort of regular eating routing. Most of her problems stemmed from setting too many goals and not being able to stick to any one of them. Although she said she felt motivated, it was not backed up by her actions because her multiple goals couldn’t allow her to focus, let alone take the first step to exercise.
So how then do we solve those problems?
Keep it simple.
Here are the 4 simple steps to start the exercise habit (and keep it going). In fact, you can use these 4 steps to start any habit.
Write it down– Set one easy, specific, measurable goal. The fact that you are looking at your own handwriting makes for a more powerful impact to push you to take that first step. Assess your strengths before you decide. Do not set a difficult goal, Easy does it.
Be specific – What are you going to do and when? Set your time and make sure you have access to the place that this is going to happen, for example, I will take a 10 min walk at 7 pm down my street after work.
Accountability – It is easier to continue taking your exercise seriously if you have someone to account to daily. The most powerful motivators, in my experience, are logging your habit and public pressure. If you don’t want to go that route, you might want to opt for a friend, your spouse, workout partner or personal fitness coach. Whatever you choose, be sure you know your goal and that you are going to report to them daily.
I know that it’s not the easiest custom for most people and I have to admit that we all have our ups and downs with exercise habits, and most people’s experiences consist of starting and stopping and starting again.