If you’re anything like the majority of people in the world, you listen to the small minority of people talk about how much they love to exercise and wonder what drugs they are taking. It isn’t possible to enjoy exercise, to go from lazy to work out crazy? The sweat, the tears, the pain – it’s horrible. They’re lying. Right?
Wrong! Exercise is addictive. The endorphins and the way you feel after a good workout just can’t be beaten. When you keep up the habit for a solid 3 weeks, you’re going to find that you’ve created a healthy pattern that you really want to stick to. Sure, it’s easier to stay watching TV in your comfort zone, but the healthiest, happiest version of you is active.
Here’s how you can go from lazy to work out crazy in just 3 weeks:
Week 1: Vow To Try Different Types Of Exercise
For the first week, test the waters with an abundance of different exercise routines and styles. You don’t have to like or do what somebody else likes; you just have to find something you enjoy. Something that resonates with you.
This could be boxing training, it could be running, it could be yoga, or lifting weights. It could be a mixture. There’s no such thing as a person who doesn’t like exercise – just a person who hasn’t found the right type for them.
Most people put off exercising as they think they have to jog on the treadmill for ages. This is not true at all. You can get a great workout in in just half an hour if you keep up the intensity! However much time you have or how much money, whatever your circumstances and equipment, there is a style of exercise for you.
Week 2: Commit To Exercising A Set Amount Of Days Per Week
Now the commitment part comes in. You found an exercise you quite liked, that maybe you’d like to improve at and try some more. Great! How many times can you do it per week? As a minimum, you should be aiming for three if you want great results. That is more than doable.
Don’t use the ‘I don’t have time’ excuse – if you think this is the case, then exercise is simply not a priority for you. You can look at sites like Live Healthy and purchase equipment for your home if you’re serious about getting your workouts in. It’s all about how badly you want to make a positive change in your life.
Although everybody should take at least one full rest day a week, try to make sure you’re getting active rest on the days you’re not doing an intense workout. For example, a gentle swim or cycle, or going for a walk and hitting 10,000 steps!
Week 3: Figure Out Ways To Improve On The Previous Week
Figure out how you can improve on the previous week. Did you flake on a work out session with a weak excuse? Did you let life get in the way? Work out how you can change your mindset/attitude, and just keep going. It only takes 21 days to build a new habit. Once you’ve done this, it’ll be hard to kick it!