Happiness & New Year Resolutions: Exercise More

Happiness & New Year Resolutions: Exercise More

Exercise to stimulate, not to annihilate. The world wasn’t formed in a day, and neither were we. Set small goals and build upon them. ~ Lee Haney

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Hello my friends, so a new year has started and many of us have resolved to make some changes in the coming new year.  We are addressing each of top ten resolutions and hopefully helping you be more successful.  Tonight, the second most common resolution, this year I’m going to exercise more.

I think the thing that holds back most people from starting an exercise program or exercising more, is the word exercise itself.  It sounds so daunting and part of the problem are gyms themselves, they can be intimidating places.  You go in and there is all of this machinery you don’t know how to use, you feel like everyone is watching you and of course the really fit people just make you ill.

So there are two bits of wisdom I can share, the first is to change the wording, don’t call it exercising, don’t go to the gym, just resolve to move more than you already do.  You can do this a lot of ways, park further away from the work and store.  Take a short work on lunch every day, the real goal is just to move more.  Get a pedometer and count your steps everyday and just resolve to increase it by one step a day.  Yes, you read that correctly, one step a day, really want to crank, resolve to double the number of steps you increase everyday.  So do 1 more step tomorrow, 2 more the day after, 4 the day after that, etc…  You can use the same approach with any exercise sit ups, push ups, pull ups, just endeavor to do one more tomorrow than you did today and start with just 1.  What is really important here is that you do something and keep increasing what you do.  The big thing is to turn what you are doing into a habit.

A habit takes time and effort to become ingrained into your pattern, so tonight not a piece on exercising, but a piece on creating positive habits.  So create some positive exercise habits and have a good day my friends ~ Rev Kane

About revmichaelkane

Reverend Michael Kane is a writer, photographer, educator, speaker, adventurer and a general sampler of life. His most recent book about hiking and happiness is Appalachian Trail Happiness available in soft cover and Kindle on Amazon
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