When it comes to exercise, we all know it is good for us and many of us try to add exercise to our lifestyles, but when it comes to sticking with it, we fall short. In fact, research has suggested that approximately 60-percent of those embarking on a new exercise regime will fall off the workout wagon by month six. Why become a statistic?
Below is a list of the most common do’s and don’ts for those wishing to make exercise a lifelong habit…
1. Do Review Past Attempts at Exercise
Albert Einstein once said that insanity could be defined as doing the same thing over and over again while expecting the same result. We tend to fall into this insanity trap when we fail to review past attempts at behavior change and make the necessary alterations. When it comes to previous exercise experiences, it is important to address the reasons why we fell off the wagon. Through examining the past, we can plan a different approach while considering the barriers that got in the way.
For example, if an “exercise drop out” did so because of the lack of time, the creation of a condensed exercise program may be the answer. If the novice exerciser quits due to boredom or lack of enjoyment, the answer may be to keep things interesting (i.e. add music or change up the playlist). It is important to learn from previous experiences to create that bulletproof plan that may lead to lifelong exercise.