Well, it’s about a month into the new year. How’re you feeling about exercise these days? What steps could you take right now – today – if you wanted to ensure your exercise success?
I read a sheet on this recently from a health club. Here is what they recommend. What would you recommend?
Five Steps to Exercise Success
- Make it personal – What works for you: for your lifestyle, time constraints, budget, likes, dislikes?
- Make it fit – Schedule time every day or whatever your frequency is. Work blocks of exercise into your schedule.
- Set some goals – Set a long-term goal and break it into weekly or monthly targets (amount of weight to lose, amount of weight to benchpress).
- Reward your efforts – Celebrate successes! Reward your commitment to improving your health. Try to make the reward not food.
- Get back on track – Anything can get you off track (a trip out of town, cold weather, a bit of a cold) – how will you get back on? Can you plan to restart, maybe with lower weights or half the exercise time to readjust.
Ok, and what would I recommend as my steps to success in exercise?
My Steps to Exercise Success
- Get to the gym – Decide how many times a week, and go those times hell or highwater.
- Play and Have Fun – Vary your routine sometimes or go with a friend or go to a weights or cardio class to play around with it and see what you like. Say hi to other people at the gym, get curious, enjoy it.
- Push yourself (e.g. Interval train) – go mild, then increase and go hard, then go mild, then increase and go hard (Body for Life has a good description of this). Interval training has a faster effect on your body, and it keeps you in the moment more about the exercising, doesn’t allow your mind to wander – it must be focused on the exercise.
- Reward yourself sporadically but often – Set yourself incremental goals like as one or two pounds per week weight loss or particular increase in weight, and reward yourself by getting on the phone with a good friend or by stopping by a goodwill and getting anything you like.
What do you think?
Q: What are your steps to exercise success?