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Can You Make Exercise A Habit?

Exercise as a routine, not 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 Defined

Exercise is a  movement of the body to enhance physical fitness. 

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Decrease in Human Strength

Historic evidence suggests that for many thousands of years, human beings were more active and stronger than today. 

The early humans had increased movement and activity, like going for long and tiring hunts, walking long distances that took weeks, making the prehistoric humans fitter than the best athletes today.

Technology as the Culprit

Technological breakthroughs have reduced our activity to a great extent ( vacuum cleaners, washer-dryers, self-cleaning ovens, and even cars).

The rise of the internet gave us a whole lot of technology, curbing our need to move even more.

Flexibility Exercises Aren't Enough

Just being flexible isn't providing us with the necessary level of fitness, and the role of stretching exercises prescribed at the gym is now being debated.

Being flexible isn't making us...

Go For Strength Training

Strength Training is a better alternative to stretching, and the pro-athletes are now skipping the stretching part of the pre-workout routine and replacing it with a 3-stage dynamic workout:

  • Start with a simple jog or swim to warm up.
  • Progress towards dynamic stretching that moves your muscle and uses the full range of motion.
  • Do relaxed 15-second short workout bursts to ease yourself towards your main workout.
Static Flexibility

This is exemplified by the sit-and-reach test, in which you see how close you can come to touching your toes (or how far beyond them you can reach) while sitting on the floor with legs outstretched.
The best way to improve static flexibility is with static stretching, which involves pushing to the edge of your range of motion and holding a position for 20- 30 seconds.

Taking Instructions From Coaches
Taking Instructions From Coaches
  • Engaging with instructional videos, whether it is a fitness workout or a cooking class, is leaving many people overwhelmed, annoyed and even angry.
  • Many experience a sense of intru...
Control Aversion And Personal Development

The phenomenon of rebelling against any perceived control from others is known as control aversion. People do not want to be explicitly told what to do and form a natural rebellion against strict commandments.

While they are trying to learn things at home using the online tutorials, they are increasingly having a short temper and lack of patience.

The Depressed State Of The World

The stressful and uncertain situations created by a global crisis, from which the news industry is thriving nowadays, is making the positive words and messages from the instruction videos sound forced or even fake. Staying in isolation is also linked with increased frustration, anger and stress.

People want to connect with others in-person and traditional methods of doing things, like cooking with a recipe book or taking a live workout class are always preferable to sitting isolated in a closed room.