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Posted by Barry on Jul 18, 2013

Creatures of Habit

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We all have our routines, our habits, the things that we do every day.  Most of them you do not even think about, such as “brushing your teeth”, “taking a shower”, “fixing your hair”.  These are things that you do every day no matter what is going on and you do not even give them a second thought.  You could not imagine going through the day with not having taken care of these daily “habits” as it is just part of what you do.  So what makes a necessary “habit”?  Something that you will do every day no matter what is going on that day?  It is all up to you.  We create our daily habits simply by just doing them.  Whether you are aware of it or not you have decided to do something every day and make time for it and feel odd if you skip it as it has become part of your “normal routine”.

So you know where I am headed with this.  I have been working out 5-6 days a week for over three years now and I can tell you without a doubt that exercise is part of my daily routine, one of my “habits”.  Every day I think about what my workout is that day, when I will be doing it, and if life overcomes me as it does all of us at times, how to reschedule it so I still get to work out.  It is that important to me.  I feel weird or like something is not quite right if I do not get to exercise.  I have gotten use to that awesome feeling that you get after the workout when the mind and body are both fired up and working at peak performance.  I love the feeling of pushing myself, achieving my goals, trying things that I never thought a 49 year old guy could do (like plyo pushups or lever pullups), this has become such a part of me now that it is just part of who I am.  It is in my daily routine.

So how do you get to the point where exercise is something you not only do every day but could not imagine not doing it every day?  Just start at square one.  That is how I did it.  Start a program like P90X and just keep going, growing, pushing, and achieving every day, every week, every year.  I have tried many different programs, many different moves, many different sports, many different routines (some that I even created myself) as it is just natural to want to try new things especially as you start to get fit and want to push yourself.  I guarantee that if you start exercising daily and keep it up for 3-4 months; you will create a new habit for yourself.  I have seen it over and over again in people I have helped get fit.  It becomes part of who they are and part of their daily routine, their daily habits.  So what are you waiting for?  Start creating your new healthy habit today.  If you want help, just contact me and I will make sure you succeed.

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