Getting started in physical activity… Developing good exercise habits…
Is it hard or is it easy?
Exercise habits once formed are easy to continue
Once you are already in the habit of exercising on a regular basis it tends to be easy. Your routine might involve going straight to the gym after work, where you are greeted by friendly faces and a great environment.
On the days when you are unable to go, you feel like you are missing something. Your exercise habits are so ingrained that when you miss a session it can feel like you have left home not wearing any trousers…
If you are in the habit of doing no exercise at all, the very idea of starting might seem daunting.
You will think that there is no time, because your day is already full.
After work you are already tired, how could you exercise?
This is a catch 22, because working out will give you the physical release that you need to get rid of work stress.
Work stress tends to be mental stress that feels physical. After working out you will sleep better. When you develop good eating and exercise habits you will lose weight and you will have more energy to help you get to the gym.
Here lies the catch 22.
How do you get started at the stage where you least feel like it?
When you have no healthy routines or good exercise habits formed?
It might seem like you are at the bottom of a big mountain with no climbing equipment. Even worse, you might feel like you are at the bottom of a ravine with no easy way out.
So, back to the original question. Is getting started hard or easy? It is both.
If you ask someone who is unmotivated and procrastinating they will give you all of the reasons why it is hard.
If you ask someone who has taken action then they are likely to tell you that the action itself was easy.
In fact, if you were to ask the same person just before their first exercise session and during their first session they are likely to contradict themselves.
They might say something like:
Before session: “I really don’t feel like this. I didn’t sleep too well last night, my work made me really stressed out and I just need to relax. But I can’t even do that because I have so much to do when I get home”
During session: “I can’t believe it has taken me so long to get here. I just made sure my workout clothes were in a bag in the back of my car, I found a gym that was on the way home and here I am. I am exercising at a steady pace but it is easy. I will only do 30 minutes in the beginning. I could spend 30 minutes waiting in a line or chatting on the phone.
So, like many things that take a little effort to get started, once you get started it is easy. Think of the exam revision that you put off as a kid, or a doctor or dentists visit.
It was always much easier once you took action wasn’t it? In fact the longer you procrastinated the more it built up in your mind and became more of an issue didn’t it?
You will feel much better simply planning for exercise, putting it in your schedule, then doing some. It is easy unless you make it hard by building up a wall of negativity in your mind. Good exercise habits are easy to form as long as you put them in your schedule, and have a real desire to better yourself.