To Run or Not to Run…
Here is a pretty sad fact: Over half of those who actually start a new exercise program will stop it within three to six months. The reason isn’t a mystery – people are just lazy.
It isn’t our fault either. Evolution has caused us to have a strong instinct to avoid any type of unneeded exertion. If you want to have a good exercise habit, then you need to overcome that instinct.
Finding the Right Fit
Most beginner exercisers will make the mistake of letting a fitness facility, personal trainer or some other type of influence choose their main form of exercise for them. Most often, this results in a poor fit. Studies have shown that people are actually more likely to stick with their exercise routine when they select an activity that they like.
There are plenty of effective forms of exercise such as walking, tennis, swimming, bicycling, weightlifting, running, basketball, yoga, etc. The best one for you is the one that you enjoy enough to actually stick with.
Removing the No-Time Excuse
Another important thing is scheduling. The lack of time happens to be the most cited reason for failure. According James Annesi, Ph.D. and author of Enhancing Exercise Motivation, recent studies have suggested that those who stick to an exercise program don’t actually have any leisure time that is available on daily basis when compared to the dropouts.
Instead of starting each day with the intention to exercise, plan to exercise for a certain time and plan it 24 hours in advance. These tips below can help you to fit in a workout even for the busiest schedules:
• Find other ways to reduce waste from your schedule. Consider moving closer to your workplace to reduce your commute time.
• Reduce the amount of time you watch TV
• Select an activity that you are able to do anywhere and anytime like jogging
• Got to bed 30 minutes earlier and then exercise first thing the morning.
• Find a way to work out during your lunch break.
• Buy home exercise equipment like an elliptical trainer.
• Combine your workouts with other daily activities, like walking while doing errands.
You have the right to stay skinny, weak, or fat. But, you should know that each workout that you miss can and will be used against you to make your muscles smaller, weaker, your belly bigger, and your life so much shorter. Unfortunately, most of us Americans are not exercising.
Recent studies by the National Center for Health Statistics have shown that only 19% of the population normally engages in high levels of physical activity and that is defined as three intense 20 minute workouts weekly.
Another 63%, around the same exact percentage of Americans that are overweight, truly believe that if they would exercise it would make them leaner, less stressed, and healthier but they just don’t exercise. The root of this issue is lack of motivation.