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As you’re determining the habits or resolutions you’re trying to set, make the habit part of a bigger cause that’s worth the struggle.
You’re not just going to the gym, you’re building a new body that you’re not ashamed of so you can start dating again.
There are 3 parts to a good or bad habit: Cue (what triggers the action), Routine (the action itself), Reward (the positive result because of the action).You have trained your brain to take a cue (you see a doughnut), anticipate a reward (a sugar high), and make the behavior automatic (nom that donut).
Compare that to a cue (you see your running shoes), anticipate a reward (a runner’s high), and make the behavior automatic (go for a run!).
You can benefit from just 30 minutes of running, 3 times a week.
Start by running 20 minutes at a time, and increase the amount and frequency only when you feel comfortable with your current level of training. Don't be afraid to take walking breaks when needed.
Invest in a good pair of running shoes and a quality shirt made from wicking material to keep you drier.
A sports watch and heart-rate monitor are nice to have.
Running will put you slightly out of breath when you start. It should eventually decrease. You should be able to hold a conversation when you're running a good pace.
Once a week, run a faster speed to increase your fitness level.
The problem with trying to make exercise a habit is that you usually try to exercise 3 or 4 times a week … and that makes creating a new exercise habit difficult.
Exercising every day is more likely to result in a habit — something that becomes almost automatic, and much easier, instead of a constant struggle.
Decide whether you’re more likely to stick with it in the morning or lunchtime or evening, and stick with that time.
If you don’t set a time, you’re more likely to put it off until you have more time or energy, and then put it off until the next day. Soon, it’s not a habit at all.
There are a number of ways to send yourself an email or text reminder, so you’ll never forget.
Then, when you get the reminder, do it right away. Don’t brook any delays.