What's the best way to keep exercising on a daily basis?
Sorry. But I don't accept that exercising can become a habit. I don't believe that if you exercise everyday for 21 days it will become an "automatic" habit. This maybe true for small things but not exercise.
I also don't believe that exercise "energized" you and makes you feel "fantastic". Sometimes? Sure sometimes I feel great after working out and sometimes it's all I can do to get through a session
If the two things above were true then you would not have millions of people who join a gym and give it up after a few weeks. Really if the two things above were true all those people that join a gym every New Year would feel energized and would never stop. But they do.
The fact is, you have to really want to change yourself! You have to want to have a better physique, more strength or whatever else it is that is making you want to exercise. You have to want that thing more than you want to eat cookies cake or ice cream. You have to want that thing more than you want the comfort of sleeping a little later in the morning, or going home after work and relaxing in front of the TV, or going out to a restaurant or bar with friends after work.
To become committed to exercise you are going to have to give "something" up. You will have to give up something you like to do something that is not comfortable and honestly, is not so enjoyable.
I am sorry because I feel that someone needs to tell you the truth otherwise you will think you will feel some high from exercising that will make it easier. It won't. Or you will think that if you can just get through the first 21 days it will be easy to keep going. It won't.
People that work out consistently do it because there is something that is driving them to go.
I did not really understand this until I was 53 years old. You know how many times I started to work out but then gave it up in my life? A lot. At 53 I am truly motivated and driven to drag, yes, sometimes I have to drag myself to the gym. It's hard but I do it because I don't want to be an overweight, old guy, with a belly who can't bend over to pick up a pen that I dropped.
The thing that drives me is I want to have a good physique as I age. I want to be that guy who people look at and say " looks fantastic for his age". Is this vanity? Yup. But that image of my myself is what motivates me to keep going.
So here is what you need to do
- Think about why you want to exercise. Is it really important to you or is it just important now? Get a clear image in your head about what you want to achieve. What is your goal? It does not need to be a number like your goal weight, it can be an image of how you want to look.
- Figure out what you are willing to give up to achieve that goal because you will have to give up something and probably more than a few things. But don't go overboard. It's ok to cheat some or have some pleasures. Although I have drastically changed my diet over the last 8 months it happened over time and I still eat a Snickers bar almost every day.
- Accept the fact that change is going to come slowly. Think months not days or weeks. Whenever I see questions like ""how can I lose 15 pounds in 2 weeks" I see someone who does not have a long term motivation to change themselves. So I am pretty sure they won't be working on themselves after a week or two. Accept that change will be slow and you won't be disappointed and MAYBE you will be pleasantly surprised when you do notice change.
- Don't expect that after an exercise session you will feel"energized" and "fantastic" as so many tell you. Sometime you will feel great but most of the time you will feel tired and maybe even sore depending on what you do for exercise. This is where you have to have that goal image in your mind and Yu just have to believe that the work you do is getting you closer to your goal.
- For those days that you really don't want to exercise. The motivation is not there, or you are too tired or you don't have the time, then do this, just do one exercise! Just one! Just tell your self that you will just do one set of an exercise. Most probably by doing one exercise you will feel some energy and you will feel like doing another and MAYBE you will get through the entire session. If you don't at least you did one exercise and THAT is better than not doing anything. If you got through one exercise congratulate yourself because you did something to get closer to reaching your goal. If you really just could not motivate yourself to workout today, well your normal! Commit to tomorrow.
I hope I have not put you off of starting but you need to know that it is going to be difficult. If it was easy then there probably would not be so many out of shape people walking around.
You have got to want a better self more than you want some other comfortable activity and that is the bottom line.