How to make exercise a habit

When I was in school and college yoga was my thing. After running so much all day long and playing all the other sports I would still practice my daily one hour of yoga at around 6 in the evening. But then when I started working, it was like I totally forgot about yoga. I become one of those people who do only one thing: work.

Well, that did not last long. After a year or so I started running instead. Honestly, I forgot the life with yoga. I forgot about peace and calm it brought to me and in all honesty I actually took that peace and calm for granted. But running was good, right? I could not calm myself enough to practice yoga and so running it was. It helped with my anxiety.

And then a year later workload increased even more so running went out of the window.

Why is it that things that benefit us are first ones to go out when it comes to making time for the things that need to be done!

Alright, so I never went back to yoga or run. Years later I discovered that I loved dancing and that was the most fun form of exercise for me. I was able to continue doing it for long and then pandemic happened. That’s when I gained a lot of weight and did stop dancing just for a few months but I got back. I danced my heart out for one more year and then I found another form of exercise. It’s called HRX. HRX is a medium-Intensity workout, which helps in building core + full-body strength, muscle gaining, and mobility. So now I do HRX 4 times a week, dance twice a week and strengthening and conditioning once a week. It’s all fun.

Basically, when you do that workout that makes you happy and doesn’t feel like a task, it is fun.

So, how can you make exercise a habit?

The first thing you need to do is decide that you want to exercise and start.

The second step is to find something you love and doesn’t really feel like a taxing task.

It can be dance, yoga, weight training, cycling, running, walking…the possibilities are endless.

Don’t do it alone. Find an accountability partner or join a group.

Start small but think big. Start with 10 minutes but aim for more.

Tie it with something else like meditation or journaling and add it to your routine.

Have a specific goal that you can work towards.

Now, tell me what are your roadblocks when it comes to exercising in the comment and I will try my best to help you out with it.

Daily writing prompt
What’s the most fun way to exercise?

8 responses to “How to make exercise a habit”

  1. This is a great post! I alos love yoga and dancing. I try to do yoga everyday, and dance at least once a week. Dancing is such a fun way to get moving.

    Cardio is something i need to do more, so once a week i’ll try to do either a jump rope workout or go run.

    My biggest roadblock is my health, i do have health issues and sometimes can’t even get out of bed. So my goals is to try to get at least 5 minutes of exercises everyday (even if it’s small movement) but if i really can’t then i’ll try again the next day.

    Again lovely post and great tips, especially the “finding an exercise you love doing”! it is so helpful.


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