Habits take time to develop. Creating a new habit takes repetition over a number of days, and because it is something you aren’t used to, you will need reminders.
Welcome your commitment to regular exercise by making time and space for it. This isn’t just something you are throwing on your to-do list. This is a departure from your regular routine, and its going to take some resources to sustain.
You will need to set aside time. Time to set and review your goals, and of course, the time for exercise. You will be more successful if you treat exercise like your number one priority everyday and slot in special times for it and protect those appointments like gold.
Make physical space for exercise in your world. Designate special spots in your home or workplace to house your runners and other gear that aren’t hidden away (out of sight= out of mind). If you are exercising outdoors in wet weather, have a designated drying area, and keep your gear and clothes in a place that will remind you to get up and go. If it helps to post signs, pictures or other visual reminders, then do so. Surround yourself with as much as it takes to keep you focused on this new habit, and soon enough it will become second nature to you.
For the first little while, it is the consistent reminders that will help to instill the tendency into your brain. Experts have concluded that it takes 21 days of repetition to make a lasting change. Arm yourself for the 30 day challenge with reminders and your new habit will become a part of your lifestyle!
Lara Williams is a Vancouver-based Life and Productivity Coach and Motivational Speaker for get on with it Coaching. www.getonwithit.ca