HYGIENE: Conditions and practices that serve to promote or preserve health.
Exercise fits the description and should be part of your hygiene routine (like brushing your teeth). When people purchase a series of classes (a fitness app or an exercise bike), they are happy and excited to get their fitness goals going. Then life often gets in the way and they can’t exercise frequently enough to see results from their efforts. They are always RE-starting getting fit. One of the keys to sustainability of your fitness adventure is to schedule your workouts, treating them like you would treat business meetings or dentist appointments.
It helps to know yourself. Do you have a tendency to “postpone” your workout to later and later in the day, and then just end up not working out at all? Then you need to exercise early in the morning so nothing else gets in the way. (We will discuss this topic in an upcoming post.)
Make your workouts non–negotiable so that nothing can make you skip them. At the beginning of the week, add your workouts to your planner, like you would write: pay bills. Fit your workouts into your week. Be realistic. If you really want to get in shape and change your lifestyle, that’s how it starts.
To make this work takes determination and self-discipline. It is not selfish to take time to exercise and preserve your health and wellness -just like it is not selfish to take time to brush your teeth. For fun, do the test and stop brushing your teeth and see how you and people around you react!