You would think with over a year under my belt of exercising every single day, that this would be a well-ingrained habit that I would have no trouble maintaining. The reality is that it is a habit that seems like it could slip away at any time. Some of the ways that I work to maintain it is I lay out my clothes for exercising and get dressed in them right away when I get up. The following sentence may be TMI for some people, so feel free to skip past it lol. I have also taken to sleeping in my bra most nights, just to make it easier to get dressed in the morning. Doing these things helps me get up every morning and do the first exercise of the day. Usually once I do that one, the rest of the day is much easier. I also set up the DVD player for the next morning’s workout when I finish that morning so it’s ready to go for the next day. No matter where I am or what’s going on, I want to maintain that first thing in the morning exercise habit. The rest of the day’s movement is very dependent on making sure I do! With the #read21in21 challenge I am participating in this year; I have started doing my 21 minutes of reading as soon as I finish my morning exercise. It’s a nice way to cool down and makes me look forward to the exercise even more. This means when I am teaching early morning classes, that I often end up getting up at 4:30 a.m. to make sure I have time to do both before I go. I know if I don’t get them done before I go that by the time I get done teaching, I likely won’t have the oomph to do them.
How do you work to maintain your exercise habits?