In my previous New Year’s post, I discussed that you must be very specific with your New Years resolution to exercise
In that post, I used the example “I will start exercising with weights on Friday after work, Sunday morning, and Wednesday evening for 45 minutes because those times fit my schedule best.”
A lot of thinking already went into this decision. All that remains are some very basic questions:
By coming to this point, you’d be ahead of everyone who ever utters the phrase “I hope my New Years resolution to exercise will be a success”
You see, up until now, you haven’t successfully incorporated exercise into your life, though we both know you’ve tried more than once. And why is that? What happens when you get stressed? Or tired? Or have an emergency come up?
Oh those are justifiable reasons to not exercise? I am willing to bet you are just stellar at keeping to certain other commitments 90% of the time no matter what life throws at you. Exercise just isn’t like that for you. But maybe there are certain social engagements, classes, work, or other engagements that you can keep up with that make others just stare in wonder, thinking “how do they do it?”
Now here is the big hint: both exercise and that other commitment you can stick to without any problems are both just patterns. You just don’t realize it.
Do I sound harsh? Here is the deal. All regular exercisers find ways to exercise whether these events show up or not. And think back to whatever you are stellar at getting done no matter what chaos flows through your life. Exercise can be like that.
This is how someone who is a regular exerciser thinks. This is how ingrained the pattern to move regularly is. To make the New Year’s Resolution to start exercising is to put this behavioral pattern in your own brain and run with it.