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Can You Make Exercise A Habit?

Exercise as a routine, not a habit

Habit conjures up images of engaging in a mindless, automatic behavior, which fitness is not. 

Start thinking about making exercise a routine or a ritual more than a habit.

According to psychologists, the difference is that routines and rituals are deliberate, purposeful, goal-oriented and mindful acts, rather than mindless ones.

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Exercise as a routine, not a habit

Habit conjures up images of engaging in a mindless, automatic behavior, which fitness is not. 

Start thinking about making exercise a routine or a ritual more than a habit.

According to psychologists, the difference is that routines and rituals are deliberate, purposeful, goal-oriented and mindful acts, rather than mindless ones.

Practical tips

  • Physically set aside time in your schedule to be active. Pencil in workouts for three weeks so that fitness won't be "squeezed in" (or squeezed out). 
  • Find fitness buddies. 

  • Notice all of the benefits you get from working out. It will keep you coming back for more.

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