Do you have all the right intentions with exercise, but this isn’t always enough? Do you make plans for a workout or a walk, but things get in the way, and you don’t manage it?
Would you like exercising to become a regular habit for you?
We all know how much being more active will help us, and we want to do the right thing. It’s frustrating when we struggle to make it happen.
The first thing I want to do here is to reassure you. This is very normal, it happens to most of us (myself included), and it doesn’t mean you’re weak or lacking in willpower.
Next, I want to tell you there are things you can do to make it easier.
How good would it feel to know that you can make exercise a regular part of our routine? That you can create new habits and feel successful?
I’m here to tell you that you can!
I’ve been a specialist exercise instructor for more than 15 years, and I’ve helped many people to improve their balance, feel stronger and move more easily.
I’ve noticed that the biggest challenge for many people is finding a way to create new habits and make exercise a part of their routine.
That’s why we created the Set Yourself up for Success video series inside our online exercise Studio. It has helped many of our members to get started and keep going with their exercise programmes.
In our video series, we have shared how, why and when we should celebrate our exercise endeavours.
Celebrating is a powerful way of creating a new habit.
When you celebrate, you feel good. When you feel good, your brain tracks back to remember what action led to this feeling, so it can make sure you do it again.
Celebrating creates a positive feeling that quickly and successfully wires new habits into your brain.
This technique has been helpful for many of our Studio members, and I hope it will help you too!
You’ll laugh at some of the suggestions I’m about to make. But please stay with me!
We need to start by celebrating the small actions, the first steps, the things that get us started.
That includes things like:
Of course, you can and should also celebrate when you go beyond these initial steps, so that might be when you finish your workout, when you put your key in your front door after going for a walk or when you take your swim cap off after a swim or aqua class.
The most important thing here is finding something that works for you. It could be quiet and understated or loud and physical. It’s up to you!
You could say:
Or even something silly and funny, a catchphrase like ‘Yabba Dabba Doo!’
You can make it physical, perhaps a:
Some people combine a spoken and physical celebration, while others like singing! It’s your choice, so find a celebration that works for you!
I hope you’ll find these celebrations will help you create new exercise habits and reinforce behaviours that you know will help you stay active and keep fit for the future.
If you want to learn more about how to make sure you do the exercises and activities you know will help you, I know you’ll love the Set Yourself up for Success video series. You’ll find it in the Vida Wellness Studio.
That’s our online exercise Studio for people who want to feel stronger, move more easily, improve their balance and have better posture.
Studio members enjoy an extensive library of clear, easy-to-follow exercise videos. They benefit from professional advice and the support of a friendly community.
You can now get a FREE 14-day trial of the Studio, so you have lots of time to work out if it’s right for you. Click here to learn more about the Studio, see taster videos and sign up for your FREE trial!
I’d love to know what celebrations you already do. What small steps could you start celebrating? How might you celebrate these? Join the conversation below – I can’t wait to hear from you!
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