How To Turn Your Resolutions Into Effortless Habits
Res-o-lu-tion: The act of resolving or of reducing to a simpler form. The making of a resolve.
Hab-it: An act or practice so frequently repeated as to almost become automatic.
Every year do you vow to get more organized, get into better shape, lose weight or quit smoking?
If so, you are not alone.
This year 71% of the 2000 people surveyed put diet or eat healthier as their number one resolution. 65% want to exercise more, 54% want to lose weight and 32% want to save more and spend less.
This is where getting and staying organized will help you reach these resolutions.
Want to know how?
Clutter and lack of exercise are related.
Is your clutter holding you back or influencing you from whether or not you get to an exercise class with everything you need and get there on time?
The less stuff you have the more time you have to devote to your resolutions and create good habits.
We’ve heard it many times before that it takes up to 21 days to create a new habit. A habit is something like brushing your teeth. When you were a child, it was hard to do or remember to do, but now it is so familiar that it is effortless. Imagine exercising being the same way.
Creating the exercising habit.
Tip #1: Organize your exercise clothing. Take that big pile of T-shirts and put aside 5 to 7 that you feel comfortable in and would wear to exercise. Donate or toss the rest. Do the same with your track pants and shorts. Keep all exercise clothing in one area.
Tip #2: Prepare an exercise bag. In this bag you’ll want to put a water bottle, a small towel, any exercising bands that you use and all your exercise gear that you’re going to wear for the day. Prepare this bag the night before so it’s right ready to go first thing in the morning.
Tip #3: Schedule your exercise on your calendar. This is an important meeting you have with yourself. Treat it with respect and honour. Keep in mind when the best time of day is for you to exercise. Do you prefer going with a friend? Exercise needs to be fun for you in order to keep it up and create that good habit. There are several great apps that you can use to keep track of your progress. Have you found one that works for you? If so, leave it in the comment box below.
Tip #4: Reward yourself once you have completed some of your exercising intentions. This might mean a special coffee with a friend, a movie or sitting down with a good book.
Once you start to feel all the benefits of exercising you will want to keep it up. Create these great habits so that you will have a healthy long life.
This article was written by Rowena List, a professional organizer, mentor, consultant, speaker, productivity coach, downsizing trainer, clutter specialist. Find more about her at www.gettingittogther.ca
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