BODY & MIND
What the Exercise Habit Does
There was a point in my life, back in 2005 and earlier, when I couldn’t exercise regularly. I really wanted to, I knew I should, but I couldn’t.
Some of you might be in this boat today.
I’m here to tell you: that’s OK. There’s nothing wrong with you. Not being able to exercise regularly is the norm, and it isn’t a deficiency in who you are. It’s a deficiency in your method.
Today I exercise on a very regular basis. Anywhere from 4-6 times per week, depending on how you count (is racing my kids up a hill or taking a 30-minute walk for pleasure considered exercise?). What changed for me was I learned better methods.
I didn’t have to change who I was in order to start exercising. But here’s the surprise for me: exercising regularly changed who I was.
I’m not the same person I was 9 years ago.
I’m thinner and healthier with more muscle, for one thing. But I’ve also gotten out of debt, improved my relationships, become a better dad, started my own business.
Did exercise do all that? Yes. It changed me in such powerful ways that I was able to achieve all of that.
Here are a few of the ways the exercise habit has changed me:
Those are just five changes, but they’re game changers. They have changed my entire life. They’ve completely changed me. I’m not at all the same person I was 9 years ago, and exercise has played a huge role in that.
So what works in getting yourself to form the exercise habit? I mentioned a few above, but here’s what I recommend:
You can do this. It’ll change your life.
→ Leo Babauta of Zen Habits has completely changed his life since 2005, quitting smoking, started running, became vegan, began waking earlier, lost 70 lbs., simplified his life, eliminated his debt, wrote several books, and much more. He has helped thousands to change their habits.
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