If you know me, you know that developing a habit of exercise has been something I have worked on for the last 6 years. And I have to say, I still struggle with it at times. There are phases where I am incredibly consistent and reap all the benefits of daily exercise. Then, there are phases where it seems that my tennies are covered in cob webs. I know I don’t need to go into all the stats and reasons why exercise is good for you and why you should aim to make it part of your everyday life. We all know we are supposed to do it but the majority of us struggle to or don’t exercise at all. Being a newbie to the exercise world, I started in my mid twenties, allowed me to reflect on the five things I have done repeatedly to make exercise a regular habit. I chose the word strive because you really do have to push through all the uncomfortableness and dig deep to make the healthy decision for yourself. Here are my 5 to strive.
5 to Strive
(1) Embrace the uncomfortable feelings you may have. Your discomfort will likely be how your body is feeling, struggling with new activities, your inner narrative about why you should quit, and being surrounded by new people. Experiencing discomfort means you are on the right track, keep moving forward.
(2) The comparison effect. You will inevitably compare yourself to those around you. As you notice this happening, stop it in its tracks! Bring yourself back to the good that you are doing for yourself and your loved ones by taking care of your body.
(3) Failing is okay. You are going to flop. You are going to make mistakes. Your job is simply not to quit. Aim for consistency, not perfection.
(4) Know the difference between pain and discomfort. If you are in agony while exercising, that is not the goal. Choose activities that push you but don’t cause you extreme pain.
(5) Have fun. Choose the things that make you feel energized, alive, and inspired to keep going forward.
We all know we need to exercise. Let’s do it so we feel great and can be great for the ones we love.
Cheering for you,