3. Schedule Success

Simply Living Healthy – 40 tips in 40 days

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The easiest thing to follow is a routine.  Wake up, get up, get dressed, eat breakfast, brush your teeth, do your hair, go to work.  All of us have one, whether it is conscious or not.  Exercise can be put right along other things you do everyday.  And like other things you do everyday, there are no second thoughts or excuses about ‘getting it done.’  (i.e. When is the last time you forgot to put pants on?)

It takes 3 months to form a habit, but only about a month for something to feel routine.  So build it in.  When someone asks about going for coffee or scheduling a kids playdate, just check the calendar – it’s already booked. Repeat after me: “Sorry, I already have plans then.”

It doesn’t even have to be at the gym.  Physical activity can look like taking a brisk 45min on your lunch hour. Or doing a yoga routine when you first wake up.  Maybe even a DVD of an exercise program (as long as you are actually following along and not sitting on the couch watching the exercise.  This isn’t osmosis in science class!)

Exercise is just as important to our bodies as eating or breathing (only it won’t kill us as fast if we don’t do it.)  So figure out where it fits, pencil it in and stick to it.

Simply Living Healthy – 40 tips in 40 days

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