Hello all! Last week, I took a break from giving you more habits to think about, because I want to give you time to build those habits. However, I did mention 2 things it’s important to do when building habits:
2) Stick it out
As I was mulling over it this week, those two points are in fact habits of healthy people, or as I’m calling it – habits of thin people. So, I’m making these two points Healthy Habits #12 and #13.
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Healthy Habit #14: Schedule Exercise Times
I know this doesn’t sound very fun. I have never loved exercise. There was a time in my life I didn’t mind it and almost looked forward to running…almost. But exercise is an important practice, especially building a habit of exercise earlier in life (read “before age 40”).
I’ve tried to get into the habit of exercising again. It’s been soooo hard. My schedule is very varied. And I always make a ton of excuses.
BUT this week, I decided to intentionally go to bed earlier and wake up earlier so I can exercise first thing in the morning. I found that if I get started early enough, I can have time to follow the same routine every morning. And I’ve LOVED it!! Here is my current morning routine:
6:00am – wake up
6:15 – roll out of bed to exercise
6:45 – shower
7:15 – Breakfast & Journal
8:00 – ready for the day’s activities!
Now, these time frames that I set are flexible. A couple of times this week, I didn’t get out of bed until 7:00 or 7:15, but I still followed my morning routine in that order. It’s been so nice to feel like I’ve accomplished so much early in the day. I feel invigorated to keep working! This week, besides following this routine, I’ve done some baking (Whole-Wheat English Muffin recipe coming on Monday!) or getting a crockpot meal started most mornings.
I know that not everyone’s schedule will allow for this exactly schedule. Not everyone can exercise every day, or even at the same time everyday. I encourage you to find at least 3 blocks of time each week that will work and that you can schedule in. Then, tell your spouse or bff what your goal is, so that they can encourage you and not hinder the time you’ve set aside.
(Wow, I really rambled on this one, but you can tell I’m excited about this, right?)
Healthy Habit #15: Set Goals and Have a Reward in Sight
Okay, so this is closely related to the previous habit. I wanted to develop this a bit more and share what I’m working on.
Last fall, I came across a review on the 30 Day Shred and saw a lot of positive feedback on it, so I decided to give it a try. Basically, it’s 3 levels of daily workouts that you progress through in the 30 Days. I started it for the first time in November. I spent more than 10 days on Level because I was so out of shape (especially my arms). When I started Level 2, I wasn’t very motivated and the holidays were approaching.
Since then, I’ve tried 3 or 4 times to complete the 30 Day Shred – unsuccessfully. This time I’m determined. I want to finish the 30 Days. I’ve scheduled a work-out time each day and I’ve determined a reward. I picked a healthy reward, but also a very motivating one. My husband still hasn’t 100% agreed to this – he said he would think about it. I think if I stick with this for 30 Days FINALLY, he’ll probably relent. I want as my reward, for him to do the Couch to 5K plan with me. It’s so much more fun to exercise with someone, isn’t it?
What about you? What successes or failures have you had with exercise routines?
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