How to Start an Exercise Habit

Sunday May 28, 2023

I don’t just market and advertise within the exercise and fitness industry. I actually live and breathe the lifestyle too. Countless studies indicate that regular exercise has the potential to extend longevity (and also improve the overall quality of life in those later years!).

With that in mind, I wanted to offer a few tricks and tips I’ve learned over the years when it comes to building regular exercise habits. Here are some things I’ve learned:

  • Find something you enjoy and look forward to (For me, this is yoga!)
  • If you have trouble exercising after work or later in the day (Life gets busy!), carve out time for moving your body first thing.
  • Start small. Remember, everyone starts somewhere. Even one day a week is pushing the needle forward (and giving you a base to build from!).
  • Plan and schedule your exercise sessions.
  • Avoid being “perfect.” You will miss a session here or there. It’s about hitting your targets 80% of the time—not 100.
  • Even a 15-minute workout beats no workout at all.
  • You are your biggest cheerleader. Ignore what everyone else might be thinking. Cheer yourself on, and only compare to yourself (not anyone else).
  • Surround yourself with other active individuals. This can provide motivation and also make exercise an opportunity to connect.

Lastly, remind yourself that this isn’t just about getting fit or looking fit. Exercise is about looking after yourself and your physical and mental health. It can add years to your life! Who doesn’t want that?