15 Tips to get into the Exercise Habit


  • Don’t Break the Habit – The easiest way to keep things going is simply not to stop. Avoid long breaks in exercising.
  • Reward Showing Up – Woody Allen once said that, “Half of life is showing up.” I’d argue that 90% of making a habit is just making the effort to get there.
  • Commit for Thirty Days – Make a commitment to go every day (even just for 20 minutes) for one month. This will solidify the exercise habit.
  • Make it Fun – If you don’t enjoy yourself at the gym, it is going to be hard to keep it a habit.
  • Schedule During Quiet Hours – Right after work or first thing in the morning are often good places to put
  • Get a Buddy– Grab a friend to join you.
  • X Your Calendar – The benefit of this is, it quickly shows how long it has been since you’ve gone to the gym. Keeping a steady amount of X’s on your calendar is an easy way to motivate yourself. 
  • Enjoyment Before Effort – After you finish any work out, ask yourself what parts you enjoyed and what parts you did not. By focusing on how you can make workouts more enjoyable, you can make sure you want to keep going to the gym.
  • Create a Ritual – This means that the time of day, place or cue automatically starts you towards grabbing your bag and heading out. If your workout times are completely random, it will be harder to benefit from the momentum of a ritual. 
  • Stress Relief – What do you do when your stressed? Chances are it isn’t running. But exercise can be a great way to relieve stress, releasing endorphin which will improve your mood.
  • Measure Fitness – Recording simple numbers such as the number of push-ups, sit-ups or speed you can run can help you see that the exercise is making you stronger and faster. 
  • Habits First, Equipment Later – Fancy equipment doesn’t create a habit for exercise. Start building the exercise habit first, only afterwards should you worry about having a personal gym.

To read the rest of these tips visit Lifehack’s post on 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

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One thought on “15 Tips to get into the Exercise Habit

  1. wendydelmo

    Great list! I’m going to borrow some for my blog! And I totally get #1- after a week of sick kids, and no working out I’m totally off the wagon!