Trying to Make it a Habit

We all go through phases or trends. I’m sure some of us look at pictures and wonder “What the hell was I thinking?” as they examine their clothes, hairstyles, or girl/boy friends. We all have gone through “my parents are dumb” phases, “love is all you need” phase, “I can really make it as a clown” phase (or something like that).  Anyway, the question that is on my mind is when does a phase or trend become a habit?

Exercise. Hearing that word for some brings a smile and thoughts of invigoration, firm figures, and endorphins clicking. Then, there are the rest of us. I think of a Doctor in his/her white coat – maybe a finger wagging – and telling the patient “Now, remember Mr./Mrs. Normal, you have to exercise. I know we talked about this last year. You have to exercise at least 20 minutes a day five times a week or you will get further out of shape, contract a horrific disease, and die young.  Any questions? Have a nice day and see the receptionist on the way out.” Mr./Mrs. Normal exits, determined to change, and wondering about their life insurance.

In terms of exercise, well, I always take the steps and walk to and from the train or bus. I love to play basketball when I get a chance. I’ve always reasoned to myself that that was enough. After all, I am pretty good shape and my weight is good. Then there is my wife and kids – no they are not truly related. While family responsibilities keep me busy, in this case, it’s just an excuse. No more!  I am proud to say I have made some changes. Since just before New Year’s, I have been working out – really. My 25-minute workout includes the stationary bike, sit-ups, stretches, and curls. While I am still 5 1/4 short of a 6 pack, I feel good. No, not like one of those commercial testimonials that come on during the middle of the day. I feel stronger and a sense of accomplishment.

Have I made the workout a habit? I don’t know. I also don’t know what the doctor will say at the end of my visit. I’m curious. The more motivation the better.

14 thoughts on “Trying to Make it a Habit

  1. Good for you! It’s so hard to stay on track sometimes! I ran a marathon in Jan, and even though I was in the best shape I’ve ever been in, I sorta fell apart afterwards. So now I’m trying to get back in shape! It’s tough, so kudos for you–keep up the good work!

  2. I heard a guy on NPR who said that those before and after pictures they take of people who have supposedly dieted and gotten fabulous results are taken backwards – that is, they find someone who’s in great shape then pay them $10,000 to put on weight and stop exercising!

  3. Good for you! 5 1/4 short of a 6 pack…haha! I have never been able to figure out how to make exercise a habit. In fact, the only thing that gets me to the gym on a regular basis is the promise of a break from the constant noise and sensory assault at home. 😉

  4. Congratulations! I don’t work out, but I do jog two or three times a week. It all started out in 2009 when I started having problems with my knees. The doctor gave me two choices, an operation or lose weight. I decided to lose weight, and I changed my diet, and returned to jogging. My knees didn’t stop hurting overnight, but now I am pain free, about forty pounds lighter and I feel good. And yes, I am still jogging.
    So keep it up.

  5. “5 1/4 short of a 6 pack” Hysterical. I always feel better when I go to the gym. I’ve taken some time off because I’m obsessed with finishing my book so now I have to re-establish the habit.

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