Points to Remember

The next issue is that exercise must become a routine in your life. It must be like brushing your teeth or ironing your clothes; it is not your most favorite thing to do, but it is part of your lifestyle. Do you see this strategy? Most people do not decide daily if they are going to brush their teeth or not. They just do it, because at some point in their life they made the choice that they need to brush their teeth daily, and now they do. No criteria to meet, no mental struggle, they just do it with no questions asked. This is the key to changing your lifestyle; make exercise a daily routine, no different than taking a bath.

Step Five
The last issue in starting and maintaining an exercise program is boredom. You need variety. It is ok to change exercises, routines, health clubs, etc. Try the treadmill, swim laps, do an aerobics class, anything that keeps you from feeling bored or tired of the routine. Remember, the ONLY thing that needs to be routine is exercising your body. How you do that is up to you and your creativity.

To recap, here are some points to remember when making exercise a permanent part of your lifestyle:

Believe that regular exercise is required to have a long and health life.
Understand that it is going to be mentally difficult or challenging for the first few months, but it will get easier.
Do not set up criteria that need to be met in order for you to work out.
Make the choice (only once) that you are committed to exercising, and just do it!
Make exercise a part of your normal routine.
Do not give exercise more thought than brushing your teeth, taking a shower, etc.
Change your routine frequently to prevent boredom.

You can play the odds and pretend that nothing will happen to you as a result of inactivity. But, chances are you’ll lose!

If you don’t believe this, just look again at the millions of people above who played the odds and lost. Feel lucky? If not, follow these steps and make a commitment to exercise. Remember, you are the only person responsible for your health. So make the choice to live a happier and healthier life. Don’t make me have to tell you, “I told you so!”