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If you’re looking to make exercise habit, but don’t know where to start, you’re in the right place As you already know, regular exercise is one of the most effective ways of improving overall health and well-being levels. In fact, most people generally admit that they should exercise more often. Here is the truth: Starting a new fitness routine is simple. The difficulty, of course, lies in making it consistent. In fact, sticking to an exercise program is one of the hardest things to establish.

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Make Your Goals Easy

A common mistake many beginners make is to expect too much too early. We are a society that’s wired to expect instant results. We want it, and we want it now. Not later But when you apply this logic to exercise, you’re bound to cause more harm than good. In fact, that’s how discouragement (and burnouts) occurs. If you haven’t done much exercise lately, it is quite reckless—to pick a goal like a bench pressing 200 pounds or completing a marathon in three months as a realistic objective. As you take your first few steps, make sure your goals are easy, simple, and realistic.

Find your favorite exercise

When you do something you enjoy, you’re likely to stick to it. By the same token, if you hate running or going to the gym, it’s virtually futile to get a new pair of running shoes or a gym membership. What’s the point in investing both money and time on something you dislike doing? It’s just a waste—and you don’t want that. There are different workouts to get you sweating, so go for something you actually enjoy.

Do it regularly

A common thread that runs through most unfailing exercisers is that they work out almost every day, usually before the sun comes up or late the evening. So, to make exercise part of your lifestyle, especially during the first few weeks, don’t skip a day. When it comes to the exact length required to build a habit, the length of time varies from one person to the next, depending on many factors, including the habit being formed and environmental factors,

Make it a priority

For most people, exercise is considered to be a luxury—something to get done when one has enough time and money. Because of this mentality, exercise is usually one of the first things placed on the back burner when life gets hectic. That said, if you’re serious about making exercise a lifestyle habit, you need to prioritise it. You need to carve out time out of your calendar for exercise, and never deviate nor cancel it for anything.

Set reminders

After exercise becomes a part of your lifestyle, you won’t need a reminder. But, in the first few weeks, it’s easy to forget if you don’t have reminders set up the right way. In fact, you’re more likely to mess it up in the beginning if you skip this vital step. So, be sure to set up triggers to remind you to follow through with your exercise plan each day, or you might miss a few days. And once that happens, forming the exercise habit will be much harder.

Track Your Exercise(s)

What cannot be measured does not exist. This might sound like a slight exaggeration, but it does not make it less true—especially when it comes to exercise. Tracking your sessions is crucial because it helps you tell whether you’re heading in the right direction or whether you actually need to re-adjust your approach.

Damilola Faustino

Read also: Safety Tips For Exercising At Night

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