Part of my Dirty 30 is a 130lb weight goal. This is a very difficult goal since I am not a very active person. To be able to successfully accomplish this goal, I know that I need to have an effective exercise habit. It’s fool proof, add more exercise in your life and you’ll surely end up losing a few pounds. But how do I create an effective exercise habit when I don’t like exercising even just a bit?
I plan to start simple and follow these three simple tips on how to successfully create a habit.
1 – Start SMALL
Don’t fill your plate with a lot of things, goals or ideas. Instead, commit to small things you can do every day that in turn will create the perfect foundation for habits.
During the holidays, I went all “fit crazy” and decided to challenge myself to start my day by jogging three kilometers around our neighborhood park. It was a breeze during the start but as the days dragged on, three kilometers became such a difficult thing to do. I decided to adjust my goal instead and aimed to jog for at least thirty minutes every day without looking at the distance.
My exercise challenge became so much easier and doable. I ended up only missing three days out of my ten-day break!
2 – No Negative Thoughts
Don’t dare entertain negative thoughts. Positivity and focus will help you create new habits! Learn to control your thoughts and don’t let yourself fall off the wagon just because things get hard.
After Christmas, it became harder to get out of bed every morning. There were a lot of times when I would wake up and just lay there asking myself why I want to exercise and lose weight so badly. It came to the point where I convinced myself that it was peer pressure and I shouldn’t give in. It was such a relief when my voice of reason reminded me that I’m trying to lose weight for a good cause and not for anyone else!
3 – Enjoy it
The ultimate secret on how to successfully create a new habit is by making sure you enjoy doing your new habit.
Admittedly, exercise is never really my thing. I prefer books, computer, and television over any form of physical activity. But there was this proud feeling every time I look at my fitness tracker and see the distance increasing as I kept on running. I felt a sense of accomplishment every time I hit my goal. I felt good doing it!
A lot of times we see ourselves in situations where we need to create new habits to improve our lives. Most often than not, we end up not being able to commit to these new habits because we don’t like doing it. My top tip when trying to create new habits is simple. Start small and learn to love it! Focus on staying positive and continuously motivate yourself to stick to it.