Make Your fitness Routine Stick! Habits are defined as choices that all of us deliberately make at some point, and then stop thinking about but continue doing, often every day. In The Power of Habit, business reporter Charles Duhigg shows how habits work and how they can transform our lives. “Keystone habits influence how we work, eat, play, live, spend, and communicate”, and they “start a process that, over time, transforms everything.” Keystone habits are a series of changes that ultimately radiates out to every part of our life. By focusing on one pattern, other areas of our life are reprogrammed. There have been studies that habits, like memory and reason, are at the root of how we behave. We might not remember the experiences that create our habits. But once they are registered deep within our brain, they influence how we act. We might not even realize it. The habit loop, […]
Our brains are overflowing with all the things we need to do from work-related issues, family issues, personal issues, and more. These everyday stressors can affect our workout! Our cluttered minds cause us to shift away from what we are doing. During fitness, this means we work out on autopilot; just going through the motions. We allow every thought that has nothing to do with our present workout to wander in. Not being present during fitness causes us to enjoy that time less. We are just going through the motions and we don’t even allow ourselves to enjoy it.
Why Are Many Fitness Related Resolutions Doomed to Fail? We expect instant gratification and instant results from our workouts and fitness regiments. Just as we use Uber to avoid waiting for a cab and Tinder to avoid the long wait to find the perfect soulmate, we don’t want to wait for the results of say, waking up early to get a workout in or changing our already busy lifestyle to incorporate exercise. So, it can be difficult to stick to your resolution if you’re only looking for results in the mirror. Why? Because it can take longer than you think to see changes in your outward appearance. For many the reward does not justify the effort. Hence, many people jump ship before December comes along. Before you are able to say “resolution resolved.” The motivation is just not there anymore.
“I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.” (Groucho Marx). Can you imagine if it were as simple as that? If you had this much power and control over your life? The quote carries a lot of weight, given that it can be liberating yet frightening. Liberating because your happiness is not in other people’s hands or based on life’s curveballs. Frightening because you suddenly realize you had more power than you ever thought.