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Don’t Even Think About Exercising! Tips for a Fitness Routine

  
  
  
  

Don’t Even Think About Exercising!

Now that I got your attention, what I mean to say is, “make exercise a habit.” Debating whether or not to get on the Arc Trainer or treadmill saps valuable mental energy. When your workout is a planned routine, you do not tax your mind ruminating about whether you should get some exercise or can skip it “just this once.”

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Routine

According to Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit:Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, having a planned routine, such as sweating on the Arc on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, preserves willpower. More power means more resolve to turn down caloric convenience foods and keep your New Year’s resolution to stay slim, strong, and sane.

To make your exercise routine an ingrained habit, pick a time when you will be able to work out consistently—for me, that is first thing in the morning. “Studies show that people who exercise regularly do it at the same hour every time,” notes Duhigg.

Reminder

Also, take the guesswork out of sticking to your healthy Arc Trainer habit by keeping your workout clothes near your alarm clock, where you will see them first thing in the morning.  In the winter, I often sleep in my workout sweats the night before and keep my sneakers next to the front door.  If you are an after-work exerciser, stash your gym bag with sweats and sneakers in the trunk of your car or by your house keys. These subtle prompts will remind you to stick to your goals.

Reward

Finally, have something to look forward to after every sweat session with Cybex equipment.  According to Duhigg, a little reward will trick your brain into associating the rush of pleasure that comes from a treat with exercise.  Any simple pleasure you genuinely enjoy will do, whether it is a cup of coffee, a nourishing hot breakfast, a 20-minute power nap, or some time to read your favorite magazine.

Whether your workouts are already well ingrained or you were waiting for the New Year to (re)start a healthy workout routine, remember the Nike slogan and “Just Do It.”  Better yet, consider the wise observation of the Greek philosopher, Aristotle:

“We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.”

Holly Aglialoro
Guest Blogger and Fitness Enthusiast

 

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Cybex is a provider and manufacturer of premium commercial fitness equipment. Content featured in the Cybex Fitness Blog is meant to inspire healthy living and wellness and should not be taken as medical advice. For medical advice please consult a doctor. 

Comments

Thank you for reminding us all and to keep fostering or train our bodies to stay fit. Once again thank you very much.
Posted @ Monday, January 07, 2013 9:56 AM by PremiumFitnessHealth
My habit is exercise. I like to do exercise daily and enjoying a good health. Exercise is very necessary for staying a spirited life. If you feel lazy, I give you the suggestion of exercise.
Posted @ Thursday, March 07, 2013 3:10 AM by Certificate III, Sydney
These tips are very helpful for me. I found much great information. I hope I will set my exercise routine through these tips and get better fitness soon.
Posted @ Thursday, March 07, 2013 3:29 AM by Certificate III, Sydney
Starting a fitness program may be one of the best things you can do for your health. Physical activity can reduce your risk of chronic disease, improve your balance and coordination, help you lose weight even improve your sleep habits and self-esteem.It's easy to say that you'll exercise every day. But you'll need a plan. As you design your fitness program,Different activities like cross-training can keep exercise boredom at bay. Cross-training also reduces your chances of injuring or overusing one specific muscle or joint. Plan to alternate among activities that emphasize different parts of your body, such as walking, swimming and strength training.If you're just beginning to exercise, start cautiously and progress slowly. If you have an injury or a medical condition, consult your doctor or a physical therapist for help designing a fitness program that gradually improves your range of motion, strength and endurance. 
Posted @ Thursday, September 12, 2013 6:06 AM by Jeet Chowhan
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