If you’ve ever participated in my Vancouver boot camp program, you’ve no doubt heard me talk about the importance of developing a habit of regular exercise. Only after you get into a habit of exercising regularly does it become automatic.
Studies have shown that it takes at least three weeks exercising regular before it starts to become routine. So if you haven’t been exercising regularly, and you’re just beginning your new exercise program, you need to be extra diligent in your first few weeks and ensure that you don’t miss any workouts.
In the initial stages of a new workout program, it’s sometimes very difficult to drag yourself to your workouts. If you’re used to waking up at 7AM, it will be quite challenging during the first few weeks of a schedule change where you set your alarm an hour early two or three days per week so you can exercise prior to going to work. But after a few weeks, this new schedule starts to become routine, and it becomes very easy, almost automatic, to stick to your new schedule. The longer to follow the new schedule, the easier it is to stick to it.
So if you’re starting a new exercise program, and making changes to your schedule to accommodate two or three weekly workouts, try to be extra diligent in sticking to the program and being consistent during the first few weeks. After you get over the initial period of change, you’ll find that your new schedule is very simple to follow, and becomes almost automatic.