Early one morning, coffee in hand, you step out of the RV to check out the surroundings of your latest campground. You pulled in late, and they always look different by the light of day. Through your groggy peripheral vision you see some fast movement on the road.
“Welcome, neighbor!” A fit-looking retired couple perkily shouts as they jog by. You refrain from throwing your coffee at them, and instead, ponder: How do they do that? You want so much to be the fit-looking retiree the rest of the RVers admire! But every time you start on your new journey to “healthy” you, you seem to detour.
What does that fit jogging couple do to be successful that you don’t? They’ve made habits, that’s what. Habits that you don’t have. If you’re interested in becoming a fellow successful exerciser, it’s time to make some new habits.
HABIT #1: Create a schedule.
If you don’t establish some order to your new fitness regime, it’ll quickly crumble. You need to make a weekly plan of your workouts. When will they be? What will you do? Write it down; put it on your calendar, and MAKE IT A PRIORITY!
HABIT #2: Set some goals and work towards them.
Any special occasions coming up you want to look fab for? Do you have a trip planned and you want to rock that swimsuit? Having specific goals can be very powerful and can provide unrelenting motivation to keep you on track. One of my personal training clients has a goal to exercise at the gym for at least 240 minutes per week (she’s in her mid-70’s) to continue aging well. Another plans to lose 15 lbs before her trip to Europe. Whatever your goal is, you should write it down and keep it displayed. With a few strong goals to work towards, you can accomplish anything!
HABIT #3: Exercise is non-negotiable.
It’s like eating and drinking…exercise needs to be a permanent part of your day. Other non-productive activities, such as watching TV, should be secondary to it. Enough with the excuses, enough with the maybe’s…turn it into a MUST! Your health, and your life, depends on it.
HABIT #4: Know and value the health benefits.
The thing with “health” is that we don’t actually SEE it; so it’s easy to neglect exercise. The list of health benefits that exercising provides you with is just enormous, and highly successful exercisers know it. If you want to maintain a high quality of life for years to come, then you need to embrace regular exercise as a way of life. As I say on my business cards and logos, “Exercise IS the best medicine.”