Sunday, August 16, 2009

How to Go From Couch Potato to Exercise Enthusiast

To be successful at sticking with your diet and exercise routine, you need to change your habits. If you have decided to start exercising and dieting you have to look at your life now. If you spend a lot of time watching TV, sitting on the computer, or anything that doesn't require a lot of work, you are going to find it hard to go from doing a whole lot of nothing to working out!

You have spent time developing habits that your body has gotten used to. Those habits are causing you to become out of shape, overweight and lazy. To get yourself back in shape, have more energy, and to lose weight you have to become more active and reverse those unhealthy habits!

Let's take a look at some things you can do:

1. Start your routine on Monday. Most people view their week as starting on Monday. So make an effort to be active on Monday; start the week off right. Start eating right, get some exercise in and try to stay as active as possible most of the day. This will help set the tone for the rest of the week!

2. Exercise before or right after work, if possible. If you can exercise first thing in the morning, then it is out of the way for the rest of the day. Nothing can pop up and temp you not to workout if you have already completed your workout. Also, this will give you more energy throughout the day. If you can't exercise first thing in the morning, then plan on going directly after work. If you go home, turn the TV on and sit down, chances are you will not get back up. Avoid this situation altogether and just stop at the gym on the way home.

3. Don't take too many days off in a row. Once you start exercising, try to stick with it daily. You need to take a day or two off to rest your body, but don't miss anymore time then one or two days. If you start missing three, four, or even a week you will start to fall out of your new habit of exercises and pick up your old couch potato habits.

These are just three things you can do to improve your chances of sticking with your new exercise and diet routine. It takes about 40 days to produce a new habit for the body. So, after a week don't expect to not want to watch some TV and stay home fro the gym. Keep pushing and forcing yourself to go and before you know it, you will start to look forward to exercise. That's when your new habit will form and you will start accomplishing your goals!

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