Joshua Wayne challenged everyone (including me!) on the 4th weight loss bootcamp call.
I don't have to remind you about all the health benefits of consistent exercise. You already know you need to do it and you need to make it valuable to you. If something isn’t valuable to you, you’re not going to stick with it.
Bottom line is this: we make time for things we think are valuable to us. If you're a Gray's Anatomy fan, you will do anything it takes to make sure you are near a television at 9:00 on a Thursday, and if for some reason you can't be? You'll dvr it and take the time to watch it later. Patriots game on Sunday? You'll find a way to watch it. The "twice annual" sale at Saks? You'll find a way to get there.
You have to find a way to make exercise valuable to you. Your body is already ready for the transition to a more active lifestyle. If you make it valuable and fun, you will find a way to do it.
We All Get Off Track- How To Get Back On
We all lose momentum in our exercise program- if it is valuable to you, you'll jump right back in. If it is not, we will find an excuse not to do it. After hearing Joshua's comment about making exercise valuable I went back into the community and looked for some more specific ideas on things that other people have done to make exercise fun and valuable.
One great idea I found was to buy a step to put in front of the TV:
"I put a step in front of the tv -( like a reebok step for step aerobics class) and I put on a dvd and step for an allotted time. its fun because i dont have to worry about following a routine, I just do my favorite moves from class for as long as i want and break a sweat and get a good cardio workout."
I also found a great discussion on how to get up in the morning to exercise. The most creative tip I found was one suggestion to put the alarm clock as far away from you as you can. This way you are forced to actually get up. I am not sure this will help make exercise more valuable, but it will help you get the habit formed. I think Joshua mentioned that it takes three weeks to form a habit according to some researchers, so you really want to think about all the things to get the habit going, to make it fun, to make it a priority and to make it something you love.
I also want to hear what you think, and have started a thread on this subject to get the discussion going a little more:
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