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Chaining

Chaining

Connecting exercise to a solid event that you know will happen is a great way to stay consistent. I know that I will leave work at 5 every weekday – instead of going home, I bring my workout clothes with me and go straight to the gym.

This chaining is also why it can be hard to work out if there’s no cue. 

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Create Your Master Plan

Once you have a plan in place for actually getting to a workout, make a plan for what you will do and when.

  • Having a set program to follow.
  • Set specific times to work out. If you vaguely know you have to get 3 workouts in this week, it’s easy to push them back to late...

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Identify Roadblocks

Identify Roadblocks

When we set goals, we often become overly optimistic. It makes us ignore the hard parts and get frustrated when we encounter the challenges that any goal will have.

Figure out what the roadblocks will be in advance. Spend 5 minutes writing down all the potential challenges you can fa...

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Rewards

In order to be effective, a reward needs to occur frequently and immediately after a workout. 

Plus, it needs to be associated with going to the gym – the reward doesn’t mean much if you can have it whenever you want.

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Precommitment

Precommitments are actions that get you invested in going to the gym. If you’ve committed to going with a partner, you’re hardly going to leave them hanging.

Similarly, bringing clothes with you to work, packing your gym bag in advance, or laying out your wo...

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Reducing Barriers

Reducing barriers could mean switching to a gym that’s closer to your house, having a set program so that you’re never wondering what you should be doing, or preparing your gym bag in advance (also a precommitment).

Reducing barriers to activities you want to do...

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Set Better Goals

A good goal is specific, realistic, and personally important.

Too many people say they work out to “lose weight” or “be healthy,” but you can have more success by getting specific. Why will losing weight improve your life, personally?

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Overcome Roadblocks

You have a list of challenges that you will probably encounter, so now all you have to do is solve them. 

Be specific here too. “Having low energy” is not a specific enough roadblock. Something like “I’m tired when I get home from work and just want to collapse and watch...

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Set Checkpoints

When you set a 3-month goal, check in after one month to see how you’re doing. If you haven’t made progress or your goal progress is too slow, don’t worry about it! 

A checkpoint is designed to correct your mistakes and get back on track. Tha...

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Precommitment

Precommitments are actions that get you invested in going to the gym. If you’ve committed to going with a partner, you’re hardly going to leave them hanging.

Similarly, bringing clothes with you to work, packing your gym bag in advance, or laying out your wo...

Changing a habit

...means changing the cue that triggers it.

Instead of focusing on developing the habit of “working out,” develop the habit of putting yourself in the position to work out regularly: get home, get into workout clothes, prepare you water, go to the gym. 

Losing weight

Losing weight

As we know, exercise in any form makes us better.

Instead of complicating the process and making it a big event, just smoothen the daily process. Make a habit of going out to exercise by getting up early, wearing the right clothes, packing the gym bag at night, so that you remove friction f...

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